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Lead-contaminated candies from Latin America are beginning to gain attention in the public media1,2 and in the medical literature.3–5 These candies come from a number of sources and are manufactured outside Food and Drug Administration regulatory control. In 2005, we sampled 50 imported Latin American candies sold in Southern Nevada. A total of 20 (40%) tested positive with an average lead content of 1.46  0.27 mg/kg in the candies’ wrappers and straws, based on standard Graphite Furnace Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometry methodology. Given these results, the Southern Nevada Health District issued a cease-and-desist order on February 13, 2006, to local commercial establishments selling imported Latin American candies.


Community-Based Research | Food Science | Medicine and Health | Public Health | Toxicology

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Gerstenberger, S. L., Savage, G., Sellers, C., Zupnik, K., & Gorospe, E. C. (2007). Lead-contaminated candies in southern Nevada. Public Health Reports, 122(5), 572.