Chinese candy recalled for lead

June 20, 2008 11:47:41 AM PDT
A Chinese candy primarily distributed in San Francisco and San Jose was recalled after the California Department of Public Health found elevated levels of lead in the candy, the department announced Wednesday.

QI CAI BANG 2008-Imported Chinese Candy is a thin, brown candy approximately 3.5 inches long and wrapped in colorful foil.

About 100 foil-wrapped candies are packed into a clear, hard plastic container measuring 2.75 inches tall by 2.5 inches wide. The front of the container has a white and green label with "Fengxi" in red and the candy name "QI CAI BANG" in white, and "Happy Easy-Going" is printed on a paper label on the red plastic lid of the container.

Lead-contaminated candy is particularly harmful to infants, young children and pregnant women, according to the department of public health.

Consumers who find QI CAI BANG candy for sale are encouraged to call the public health department's complaint hotline at (800) 495-3232, Environmental Health at (831) 454-2022 or Lead Poisoning Prevention Program at (831) 763-8200.