High lead amounts found in imported candied, salted dried plums - The Packer

High lead amounts found in imported candied, salted dried plums

10/02/2009 02:22:02 PM
Andy Nelson

Texas food-safety authorities are warning consumers not to eat certain imported dried plums and products containing dried plums that have high amounts of lead.

On Oct. 1, the Texas Department of State Health Services issued a consumer warning about several products, most of which are sold as salted or candied treats in Asian and Hispanic markets, according to a news release from the Texas department and posted on the Food and Drug Administration’s site.

While there was no conclusive evidence as of Oct. 1, Texas officials thought the dried plums and products containing dried plums came from Asia. Excessive amounts of lead were found in products tested at a Department of State Health Services laboratory.

For a list of products that may contain high levels of lead, visit www.dshs.state.tx.us/foods/.



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