Candies Tolteca of Fresno, California is recalling its 1.5 ounce packages of Saladitos (dried salted plums) and 1.5 ounce packages of Saladitos con Chile y Limon (dried plums with chilli and lemon) due to a potential lead contamination.
The recall was initiated after it was discovered that dried plums, or saladitos, containing lead were being distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of lead, according to a company recall notice issued by the Food and Drug Administration.
It is feared consumers may still be in possession of some of the recalled plums due to their long shelf life, which extends through May.
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is warning consumers not to eat at least eight other types of dried plum snacks, also known as Saladitos, imported from China and Taiwan. The complete list is available here.
This recall was issued after California Attorney General Rob Bonta issued the public notice.
The company has discontinued sales of salted dried plums saladitos and saladitos con chile y limon, dried plums with chilli and lemon in California since around June 23, 2021, immediately after receiving a notice of violation. Immediately thereafter, the company elected to remove tolteca-branded saladito items from shelves and displays in California markets. According to a recall notice, independent distributors and roadside sales representatives have cooperated fully in removing the items from consumers’ reach and returning them, along with their own unsold Saladitos inventory, to the Saladitos warehouse. company for a full refund.
The recalled products were sold and/or distributed in California, Nevada and Utah through independent distributors and Route Company sales representatives who, in turn, were sold to numerous retail stores, including supermarkets, gas stations and convenience stores.
- Both Saladitos items come in 1.5 oz servings packaged in approximately (4″ x 8″) clear cellophane bags.
- The words SALADITOS Salted Dried Plums appear on a Blue Tolteca brand label and are identified by UPC number 704927600694.
- The words SALADITOS CON CHILE Y LIMON, dried plums with chilli and lemon, appear on the green Tolteca brand labels and carry the UPC number 704927600700.
- The lot number 21019 is stamped on the front of the packages, along with the expiration dates of 20/05/2022 for Saladitos (dried salted plums) and 20/01/2022 for Saladitos Con Chile y Limon (plums dried chilli & Lemon.
At the time of posting this recall, no illnesses have been reported due to the distribution of this product, according to the recall notice.
Consumers who purchased the recalled products should return them to the place of purchase.
About lead contamination
Lead is a toxic substance found in our environment in small amounts and everyone is exposed to lead through everyday actions such as inhaling dust, consuming food or drinking water.
Exposure to larger amounts of lead can cause lead poisoning. While lead can affect almost any bodily system, its effects depend on the amount and duration of lead exposure and the age of the exposed person.
Symptoms may include abdominal pain, vomiting, lethargy, irritability, weakness, behavior or mood changes, delirium, seizures, and coma. However, infants, young children, and the developing fetus can be affected by chronic exposure to amounts of lead that may not cause obvious symptoms of lead poisoning. A lead poisoned child may not look or act sick. Lead poisoning in children can cause: learning disabilities, developmental delays and lower IQ scores.
2022 list of FDA recall pages for dried plums for lead contamination:
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