New study reveals that 42 percent of food contamination warnings in California is linked to high levels of lead in candy since the state passed a law on testing and monitoring the food item in 2006.
Thousands of candy brands have been reported to contain lead – mostly imported ones from Mexico, China, and India – than for any other contamination. As many as 10,000 children are poisoned by lead in California each year, according to a study by the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).
As many as 10,000 children get lead poisoning in California each year, according to the study. In the wake of the Flint, Michigan water crisis, the lead study author Dr Margaret Handley urges consumers to be mindful and watchful for lead contamination.
In California, 96.3 percent of lead warnings issued for imported food products between 2001 and 2014 were for candies, the UCSF study reports.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, warned that lead has been detected in candy wrappers, particularly those for imported candies. These sweet treats are prone to lead contamination when their ingredients were not processed and prepared properly, or the ink used on the candy wrappers contains lead that seeps into the candies themselves.