Not one but two black licorice makers tested for too much lead. Some Arizona distribution is in the mix.
On August 21, 2012 there was a voluntary recall Red Vines Black Licorice Twists made by the American Licorice Company. The affected product in this recall is only for the one-pound bags of Red Vines Black Licorice with a “Best Before Date 020413″.
The ingredients for black licorice are molasses, wheat flour, corn syrup, caramel coloring, licorice extract, salt, and anise flavor. So where does the lead come from?
On their website, American Licorice Company says their products are made in the United States but some ingredients may be reprocessed elsewhere. To their credit, there is a good Q&A dialogue going on between customers and the company.
According to their website, and to answer someone’s question posed:
“Thanks for your question. Lead is a naturally occurring element on the planet, and as such, tiny traces of the element are present in many foods and beverages including drinking water. The amounts present in most food and beverages, including our candy, are so small they have to be measured in parts per million. The FDA and California Department of Public Health (CDPH) have guidelines about the levels of lead that is considered safe for consumption so that they can ensure safety for the public food supply, specifically for children under six and pregnant women who are most susceptible to health issues from lead exposure. Below is a link from the FDA with more information on lead in candy products.”
Here’s the FDA website for more info
People are asking for the distribution list and that seems unavailable a/o this writing.
However, another astute person says that a competitor recently had their black licorice recalled because of the same problem. “Two separate firms, making similar products, have recalls for similar time frames? Some common, but specific material, may be suspect?”
On August 10, second candy manufacturer Lucky Country Inc. recalled one lot of Lucky Country Aussie Style Soft Gourmet Black Licorice with Natural Ingredients from Costco and Smart & Final stores located in California, Arizona, and Utah due to elevated levels of lead.