Candy Recalled for Lead and Bagels Recalled for Foreign Objects

Two <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/food_poisoning">food recalls have been announced by the Food & Drug Administration.  Lucky Country Inc. of Lincolnton, North Carolina is recalling all of its Natural Black Licorice Products from California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Utah, Virginia, and Washington State due to elevated levels of lead.  California Department of Public Health and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) testing indicated lead levels in excess of lead levels permitted in candy.  Because of this, Lucky Country is voluntarily recalling all of its Lucky Country Aussie Style Soft All Natural Gourmet Licorice Black from the market. In addition to 1.5 lb bags, Lucky Country also manufactures this product in six-ounce and three-pound bags and in one-pound tubs.  Consumers are advised to dispose of these products or return them to their retail outlet for a full refund.  Consumers with questions may contact Lucky Country at customerservice@lucky-country.com or 828 428-8313 during business hours.

A major challenge with lead poisoning is the difficulty in recognizing its subtle symptoms and that no pathognomonic—or definitive—indicators exist or point to contamination.  When faced with odd symptoms that do not match any one particular disease, lead poisoning should be considered.  Children with lead poisoning may experience irritability, sleeplessness or excess lethargy, poor appetite, headaches, abdominal pain with or without vomiting—and generally without diarrhea—constipation, and changes in activity.  A child with lead toxicity can be iron deficient and pale due to anemia and can be hyperactive or lethargic.  There may also be dental indicators such as lead lines on gingival tissue.  In adults there may be motor problems and an increase in depressive disorders, aggressive behavior, and other maladaptive affective disorders; problems with sexual performance, impotence and infertility; and increased fecal wastage and sleep disorders.  They may be over sleeping or have difficulty falling asleep.

Wegmans has also issued a recall for Wegmans In-Store Made Bagels.  This recall involves all varieties of Wegmans In-Store Made Bagels and Bialys sold in the bakery and purchased between August 24 and September 9, 2008.  Bialys are flattened bagels with toppings such as onions and sesame seeds.

This recall is being initiated because the bagels may contain pieces of a metal spring from a mixer that entered the dough, which is produced at the Wegmans’ Central Bakeshop in Rochester; the foreign objects pose a possible choking hazard.  Although there have been no reported injuries associated with the consumption of these products, the problem was discovered as a result of a customer complaint.  Wegmans estimates that approximately 1,011 cases of potentially affected bagels were produced.  The in-store made bagels were sold in Wegmans’ stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, and Maryland.  The recall includes all possible dates when the dough may have been used to produce bagels in Wegman stores.

Customers may return recalled bagels and bialys to Wegmans for a full refund and should contact Wegmans Consumer Affairs Department at 585-464-4760 (in Rochester) or toll free at 1 (800) WEGMANS (934-6267), ext. 4760 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. with any questions.  Consumers can also visit www.wegmans.com for a list of all product recalls.

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