MCAH Programs

Contact Information
Los Angeles County                 Department of Public Health
Childhood Lead Poisoning
Prevention Program
5555 Ferguson Drive, Suite 210-02
Commerce, CA 90022
(800) LA-4-LEAD
Fax (323) 890-8736
Mexican Candy Removed from 30 Long Beach Markets

Long Beach area residents are being warned to avoid eating all types of "Tama Roca" brand tamarind fruit candy because the product's wrapper contains high level of lead. In addition, laboratory tests also indicate high levels of lead in some of the candy.

These products consist of soft, dark brown, tamarind fruit candy on a stick and also come in smaller individually wrapped pieces. The candy wrappers come in four different colors: clear, green, orange and yellow. Each candy, regardless of the wrapper color, has the same "Tama Roca" logo spelled out in white lettering with a red, yellow, and green outline and a yellow background.  

"Tama Roca" products have been found in over 30 neighborhood stores in north and west Long Beach, and products have been removed from the shelves. However, residents are warned to check any candy they may currently have and dispose of any product meeting this description to avoid any exposure to lead.

Public Health has made reasonable efforts to provide accurate translation. However, no computerized translation is perfect and is not intended to replace traditional translation methods. If questions arise concerning the accuracy of the information, please refer to the English edition of the website, which is the official version.
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