The cherry flavoring in a popular children’s candy treat contains high levels of lead and is being recalled, the FDA has announced.
The Food and Drug Administration said this week that Circle City Marketing and Distributing, doing business as Candy Dynamics in Indianapolis, has issued a voluntary recall of all Toxic Waste brand Nuclear Sludge Chew Bars.
The product is imported from Pakistan.
The recall said a recent test performed by the California Department of Public Health indicated that lot No. 8288A of the cherry flavor chew bars contain elevated levels of lead. It said the bars had 0.24 parts per million; the U.S. FDA tolerance is 0.1 parts per million.
The FDA said this could potentially cause health problems, particularly for infants, small children and pregnant women.
“Out of an abundance of caution,” the FDA said, the company has recalled all lots and all flavors of the chew bars distributed since 2007.
The products have been identified as:
- Toxic Waste Nuclear Sludge Cherry Chew Bar (UPC 0 89894 81430 6).
- Toxic Waste Nuclear Sludge Sour Apple Chew Bar (UPC 0 10684 81410 7).
- Toxic Waste Nuclear Sludge Blue Raspberry Chew Bar (UPC 0 89894 81420 7).
Each chew bar has a net weight of 0.7 ounces, the recall said.
No other Toxic Waste brand products are affected by the recall. No illnesses have been reported.
The bars were sold nationwide at stores and online.
Anyone who has the candy is urged to call the company for information on “destruction of the product.” The FDA recall said to call Eileen O’Neal at 317-228-5012 weekdays.