Lead in Popular Candy Prompts Recall
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is recalling a popular candy called "Toxic Waste" by a company named "Nuclear Sludge." The candy, which comes in flavors such as green apple, has been recalled earlier this year as well. The current recall is affecting the .3 oz candies, whereas the earlier recall affected the .7 oz candies.
The candy was recalled because it had a higher amount of lead than is allowed in our food. It contained at least .101 parts per million and as much as .311 parts per million. The FDA does now allow food or candy to contain more than .100 parts per million.
Lead poisoning is particularly dangerous for young children, infants and pregnant women, though it can affect anyone. The main cause of lead poisoning is older houses which do not meet current safety standards.