The Federal Government as well as many state and local governments test food items like candy for toxins regularly. The problem is how to restrict imports. The border with Mexico is very porous. Just about anything from any country can be brought into the U.S. legally through Mexico. Groups have tried without success to stop the selling of candies we know have lead, but there is no power to force stores to take them off of the shelves.
Some of the candy in question is prepared in earthen pots that contain lead. If this is the case, then the lead contamination would not only be in the candy but in other Mexican imported food.See the following FDA website that looks at the manufacturers, importers, and distributors of the candy. www.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/pbltr.html Most people think of lead poisoning as coming from paint -- this is true, however with the increased trade and visits of folks to Mexico there is now a new danger. Lead poisoning is serious business. Can you think of a way to alert travelers - so they view the candy like the --'don't drink water' mentality??
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