California warns of lead in preserved plums, prunes

11/08/2012 12:19:00 PM
Mike Hornick

Dried PlumCourtesy California Department of Public HealthDried Plum is one of five products named in a lead warning from the California Department of Public Health.California health authorities are warning consumers not to eat five preserved plum or prune products after tests found they exceed state standards for lead.

The California Department of Public Health advised discarding the following products. Chinese characters appear on all of them:

 

  • Dried Plum imported from Hong Kong by T&H Trading Co. and Rong Tan Kwok Yu Inc. of Oakland, Calif. It’s in a 4-ounce clear plastic package. Test results showed up to 17.1 micrograms of lead per serving, according to a news release.
  • Sweet and Soure Prune imported from Taiwan by CHO Fuku Group USA Inc., El Monte, Calif. It’s in a 5-ounce clear plastic package. Test results showed up to 16.0 micrograms of lead per serving in the preserved prunes.
  • Ching Ling Dried Prune imported from Taiwan by Tiffany Food Co., New York. It’s in a 120-gram plastic package with an image of a family working in fields. Tests showed the product contains up to 7.2 micrograms of lead per serving.
  • Preserved Plum imported from China by K.Y.L. Trading Co. Inc. of Brisbane, Calif. It’s in a 56-ounce clear round plastic container. Testing showed it contains up to 9.2 micrograms of lead per serving.
  • Dried Red Prune imported from Taiwan by Richen Trading of Alhambra, Calif. It’s in a 1.7-ounce plastic package with a green image of fruit. Testing showed it contains up to 11 micrograms of lead per serving.

 

Ron Chapman, director of the California Department of Public Health, issued the warning Nov. 5.



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