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
California State Health Department Warning on Lead Contaminated Candy from Mexico
Consumers should avoid eating tamarind lollipop labeled Dulmex brand "Bolirindo". This product and its wrapper contain excessively high levels of lead. The product consists of a soft, dark brown, tamarind fruit candy lollipop on a white or orange-striped stick. The orange-red wrapper, with "BOLIRINDO" in white lettering and a figure of brown tamarind fruit, contains orange-red colored lead oxide pigment that may contaminate the candy lollipops. Analysis of these wrappers, which some children chew on or lick, showed that they might contains between 21,000 to 22,000 parts per million (ppm) of lead. The lollipop sticks contain more than 400 ppm of lead and the candy contains approximately 0.2 ppm of lead. The public is encouraged to report any sellers of the candy (which should not be sold in California) by calling California Department of Health Services' Complaint Line at 1-800-495-3232 or call 1-800-LA-4-LEAD.
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