The Arizona Department of Health Services is issuing a consumer alert
for consumers, parents of infants or young children, and pregnant women to
avoid eating Dulmex Rollito de Tamarindo and Vero Vagabundo lollipops since
these products may contain levels of lead that are above the U.S. Food and
Drug Administration limits.
Rollito de Tamarindo is a brownish tamarind pulp based candy in a clear
wrapper with a bright orange label.
Vero Vagabundo is a hard candy strawberry lollipop with a chili
dipping powder. In a recent analysis of
the Dulmex Rollito de Tamarindo, the California Department of
Health Services (CDHS) identified that the candy contains up to 0.59 micrograms of
lead per gram of product (parts per million). The Vero Vagabundoís
chili powder was determined to contain up to 0.72 micrograms of lead per
gram of product.
U.S. Food and Drug Administrationís (FDA) guideline for lead in candy
is 0.5 parts per million (ppm). The FDA recommends that children consume
no more than 6.0 micrograms of lead each day from all food sources.
Since most of these candies weigh 30 grams or more, a young child eating
one of these candies is ingesting twice the recommended level.
women and parents of young children who may have consumed Dulmex
Rollito de Tamarindo and/or Vero Vagabundo candy should
consult with their physician or health care provider to determine
if further medical testing is warranted. Consumers are urged to dispose
of these two products.
do I do if my child or I have eaten candies that contain lead?
physician or your health care provider. Only a physician can recommend
and perform a blood test to determine if further treatment is needed.
Most adults and children with elevated blood lead levels do not have any
symptoms. As blood lead
levels increase, so does the leadís effect on health.
can I tell if my candy contains lead?
laboratory is qualified to do the appropriate testing and determine whether the candy
has lead or not. If you
have reason to suspect that you may have consumed lead in candy, or
consumed the candies mentioned above, consult your physician for a blood
test and/or treatment options.
can I get more information about lead in candy?
The Arizona Department of Health Services is warning consumers,
parents of infants or young children, and pregnant women to avoid eating
candy imported from Mexico at this time. For more information and advisories on lead in candy call us
at 602-364-3118 or free at 1-800-367-6412.