Red Vines recalled over elevated levels of lead

Published: Sep. 5, 2012 at 4:33 PM HST|Updated: Sep. 5, 2012 at 7:56 PM HST
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The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) is notifying consumers that Red Vines Black Licorice, Snaps and mixed bags containing black licorice may contain elevated levels of lead.

The American Licorice Company announced the voluntary recall.

DOH says that exposure to high levels of lead or chronic exposure to lead could potentially cause health problems to consumers, particularly infants, young children and pregnant women.

Consumers who have purchased the affected products are urged to return it to the place of purchase. No illnesses related to the product have been reported to date in Hawaii.

Local distributors of the product are working with their retail clients to remove the remaining stock from store shelves in Hawaii.  The DOH Food and Drug Branch is actively notifying retailers of the recall, as well as conducting inspections to ensure the recalled products have been removed from sale.

Questions regarding the product may be directed to the DOH Food and Drug Branch at 808-586-4725.

Click HERE to view pictures and item numbers for the recalled product.

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