Mexican Candy Recalled

Portions from DSHS News Release

A San Antonio company is voluntarily recalling a third candy imported from Mexico after testing by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) found elevated lead levels that could cause health problems.

Villa-Mex Imports, Inc., is recalling Miguelito Azucar Salada Enchilada Acidulada. The candy is a reddish powder in a clear cellophone packet with blue lettering. The net weight is marked as 1.7 ounces. The label also reads: Elaborado Por: Fabrica de Dulces Miguelito, S.A. DE C.V. Totonacas No 293 Col. Ajusco Coyoacan, Mexico.

Candy imported from Mexico can be found in many grocery stores and specialized markets here in East Texas. The Nacogdoches market we visited didn't carry the Miguelito brand. Markets often depend on their hub distribution centers for recall information. However, mom and pop stores often have difficulty learning about recalls.

Recent laboratory tests of Miguelito candy samples showed lead levels ranging from 0.161 to 0.291 parts per million, above the 0.1 parts per million lead level considered to be a potential public health hazard by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The tests were part of DSHS product surveillance conducted over the last several months.

Villa-Mex also has voluntarily recalled Barrilito, a dark brown thick syrup sold in 3.3 ounce glass barrel-shaped jars with white plastic lids; and Tarritos, a dark reddish brown paste packaged in 3.3 ounce mug-shaped glass jars with a handle and white plastic lids. Both labels read: Productos Avila, S.A. de C.V. Puerto Malaque 1379 Col. Sta. Maria Guadalajara, Jal. Mexico. DSHS officials said the problem is with these products, not with the distributor, Villa-Mex Imports.

Eating products containing lead can be especially harmful to infants, young children and pregnant women. Too much lead intake can result in delayed mental and physical development and learning deficiencies. Children who have high blood lead levels may be tired or cranky, not have much appetite, not be able to pay attention, have headaches, vomit, be constipated, be clumsy or weak or not be able to sleep. Some children who have lead poisoning may not look or act sick.

DSHS officials say consumers who have the recalled products should not eat them and should return them or throw them away. The only way to know if a child has a high blood lead level is to have a blood lead test. People concerned about blood lead levels should call their doctor or health clinic about testing.