Toxic waste candy recallIt almost sounds like a joke or science experiment gone awry: a sour candy called Nuclear Sludge Chew Bars under the Toxic Waste brand is recalled because a test showed the candy contained potentially toxic levels of lead.

Candy Dynamics of Indianapolis is recalling all lots of the sour candy sold between 2007 and January 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said. The recall was prompted by a test result from the California Department of Public Health that showed a lot of cherry-flavored Sludge bars had high lead levels -- 0.24 parts per million -- more than double that allowable limit. Lead can be toxic to young children and cause brain damage.So far, no one has reported getting sick from eating the candy, the FDA said. Candy Dynamics Vice President Laura King told Consumer Ally since the company doesn't make the candy -- it's imported from Pakistan -- the cause of lead isn't known. The Pakistani manufacturer is looking into finding a cause.

Most of the time you see recalls for lead in things like purses, kids jewelry or toys. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control said it's possible for lead to get into candy when ingredients aren't properly prepared. Lead can also be found in some of the ink used on candy wrappers.

Affected by the recall are:
  • Toxic Waste Nuclear Sludge Cherry Chew Bar, UPC code 0 89894 81430 6
  • Toxic Waste Nuclear Sludge Sour Apple Chew Bar, UPC code 0 10684 81410 7
  • Toxic Waste Nuclear Sludge Blue Raspberry Chew Bar, UPC code 0 89894 81420 7

The candy was sold in stores nationwide, through mail order and online on sites including Amazon.com. Candy Dynamics previously discontinued the sour apple and blue raspberry flavors. King said a total of 27,936 bars of the cherry flavor is in the recall.

Consumers who have any of the candy should call the company at (888) 400-7606 for documentation and credit.

The nonprofit Center for Environmental Health said even at low levels lead could cause health issues including brain damage, hearing problems, stunted growth and reproductive problems in adults. Lead can be found in paint, dust and soil as well as glazes on some ceramics.

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