U.S. company recalls chew bars due to high lead levels

11:15, January 15, 2011      

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A U.S. company on Friday ordered a recall of chew bars which contain elevated levels of lead.

The recall was initiated after a recent test by the California Department of Public Health showed that the recalled product's lead levels are above the national standard, said the Indiana- based company called Circle City Marketing and Distributing.

The chew bars contain lead levels of 0.24 parts per million ( ppm), higher than the 0.1 ppm set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, said the company.

The company said that out of an abundance of caution, it has determined to recall all lots and all flavors of the product distributed from the product's inception in 2007 through January 2011.

The recalled product was sold in several brands, with each chew bar having a net weight of 0.7 ounce or 20 grams, according to the company.

The Pakistan-made candy called Toxic Waste Nuclear Sludge Chew Bars was distributed nationwide in retail stores and through mail orders, the company said.

Elevated levels of lead potentially could cause health problems, particularly for infants, small children, and pregnant women.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the recalled product, health officials said.

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