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Lead Contamination in Candy

A recent issue that has generated a good deal of controversy is contaminants in children's candy. In April 2004, Orange County Register conducted an investigation and published a six-part story about lead in candy, imported mostly from Mexico.

Information regarding the investigation is available on the newspaper's Web site: http://www.ocregister.com/news/lead-200626-candy-candies.html.

How does lead get into candies?

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Hello there,

To summarize how lead can get into candies, I have amended information from two articles as well as the article that was provided in your post. All information is listed below:

"Contaminated ingredients include chili powder and certain types of salt. Ink on packaging and glazed ceramic vessels also can contain lead, FDA officials said."

http://www.ocregister.com/news/lead-200626-candy-candies.html.

"Lead has been found in some consumer candies ...

Solution Summary

A specific case of lead contamination in Mexico. Possible means of toxic lead contamination are discussed.

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