The California Department of Public Health is recalling bags of black licorice from American Licorice Co. because it contains high levels of lead—nearly twice the recommended daily limit for kids. The agency is telling parents of small children to contact their health advisor if their kid has recently eaten licorice.
So any kid unlucky enough to be eating black licorice to start with now has the added downside of a doctor’s visit and possible illness. Lead poisoning can cause “insomnia, delirium, cognitive deficits, tremor, hallucinations, and convulsions,” though I’m not sure how much licorice a kid would have to eat to get lead poisoning, or if it’s possible to consume more than one piece without vomiting.
The CDPH is targeting 16-ounce bags of Red Vines Black Licorice Twists with the label “Best Before 020413,” which I think might mean “best before March 2041,”—reason enough not to eat any.
(Via the AP)