San Jose Mercury News
August 06, 2008
Health officials sent out a warning Tuesday about two types of candy from Mexico and Malaysia that are laced with lead and could cause severe medical problems.
The culprits are: Huevines Confitados Sabor chocolate imported from Mexico and Ego Hao Jin Bang candy imported from Malaysia.
Tests conducted by the California Department of Public Health found levels of lead that could cause health problems, and officials say consumers should simply throw away the candy.
Recent analysis of this candy determined that the Mexican chocolates contained as much as 0.20 parts per million of lead, and the Malaysian candy contained as much as 0.73 ppm of lead. California considers candies with lead levels in excess of 0.10 ppm to be contaminated, according to a statement put out by the health department.
Lead is especially harmful to babies, young children and developing fetuses, and can result in learning disabilities and behavioral disorders that could last a lifetime. Pregnant women and parents of children who may have consumed this candy should consult their health care provider to determine if medical testing is needed.
Huevines Confitados Sabor chocolate is manufactured by Confitados Finos Del Bosque in Mexico. It’s egg-shaped and has a hard white coating with brown speckles surrounding a chocolate interior.
The candy is approximately one inch long and comes packaged in a clear plastic bag containing 250 pieces. The bag shows a bird sitting inside a broken eggshell on the front of the package. The word “Huevines” is written in large white letters on the front of the package and “confitados sabor chocolate” in brown letters.
Ego Hao Jin Bang, manufactured by Kee Wee Hup Kee Food Manufacture in Malaysia, is a brown-colored candy wrapped in purple-reddish foil with silver ends. Approximately 45 of the foil-wrapped candies are packed into a clear plastic 4.2-ounce bag with the word EGO in pink letters in the top left corner.