Black licorice recalled due to high lead levels. USA TODAY
Officials are warning consumers against eating black licorice candy produced by a California company because it contains high levels of lead.
The California Department of Public Health issued the warning Wednesday against 16-ounce bags of Red Vines Black Licorice Twists with the label "Best Before 020413."
The manufacturer, American Licorice Co. of Union City, has issued a voluntary recall for the tainted batch.
Health officials say the licorice was distributed inside and outside of California. They're working with the company to determine where it was shipped.
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