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The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced April 17, 2008 that Chaca Chaca Chacatrozo candy imported from Mexico contains lead and should not be consumed.  The CDPH is trying to find and contact the distributors of the candy to make sure it is removed from all stores.

Chaca Chaca Chacatrozo is a candy made of fruit pulp and is coated with salt and chili powder.  The candy comes in a clear plastic bag and contains 50 individually wrapped pieces of candy.  The front of the bag has a picture of a red locomotive and ‘Chacatrozo’ is printed at the top and bottom of the bag.

Recent analysis by CDPH determined that Chaca Chaca Chacatrozo candy contained as much as 0.30 parts per million (ppm) of lead. California considers such products with lead levels in excess of 0.10 ppm to be contaminated.

Lead exposure can cause brain and kidney damage, and is especially damaging to young children and pregnant women.  The symptoms of lead exposure include mausea, headaches, constipation, seizures, and coma.  Children and pregnany women who have consumed this product maywant to contact a physician to see if medical testing is necessary.

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