There was a recent recommendation by Food and Drug Administration (FDA) where they have proposed that there should be a stricter limit on the amount of lead, which is a highly toxic metal, allowed in the children’s candies, which include spicy lollipops that are being sold in the a lot of Hispanic neighborhoods.
The Food and Drug Administration has recommended that the candies that are being eaten by children must not contain more than one tenth of a part per million of lead in them, which would be an about eighty percent reduction from the previous decade recommended level.
The Food and Drug Administration representative said that it would further reduce the minimal risk posed from lead exposure in candy.
The Food and Drug Administration has also made it clear that they want these guidelines to be followed as to what they have set for the candies regardless of their country of origin.
Most of the candies do meet the stricter requirement of the lead levels in the candies, but Food and Drug Administration has further lowered down the levels of lead being used in the candies. This decision was made after the candies from Mexico were being tested for the lead level and the ingredients that can boost the level of lead in the candies.
The ingredients that can increase the level of lead in the candies are chili powder, tamarind pulp and the salts, as well as the salty powdered snack mixes that are used in making these candies.
The representative said that apart from the ingredients mentioned above that cause the increased level of lead in the candies is believed to come from the improper washing and washing of the ingredients in lead contaminated containers, as well as the ink used on the candy wrappers, which are printed with an ink containing the metal.
Lead poisoning can lead to a disastrous situation, which includes behavioral problems, learning disabilities, as well as seizures or death.
This is a very serious matter on which the Food and Drug Administration have taken very strong steps to avoid having any children getting into any serious health problems.