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EmpowHer's Health Tip: Consumers Warned About Lead in Mexican Candies

California health officials are warning consumers not to eat Chaca Chaca Chacatrozo candy imported from Mexico because tests found it had potentially harmful levels of lead.

The tests by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) found as much as 0.30 parts per million (ppm) of lead in the candy, according to a news release on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Web site. In California, products with 0.10 ppm lead are considered to be contaminated.

The candies are being removed from store shelves, and consumers who've purchased these candies should discard them. The CDPH also advised pregnant women and parents of children who've consumed these candies to consult a health-care provider to determine if medical testing is required.

Consumers who see Chaca Chaca Chacatrozo candies for sale are encouraged to call the CDPH complaint hotline at 1-800-495-3232.