Consumers warned about lead in several brands of imported dried plums

Consumers warned about lead in several brands of imported dried plums

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 The California Department of Public Health (CDPH)  is warning consumers not to eat eight specific types of dried plum snacks, also known as Saladitos, imported from China and Taiwan. 

Tests conducted by CDPH found excessive levels of lead. Consumers in possession of the plums should discard the products immediately.

The implicated plums contained as much as 33.25 micrograms of lead per serving.  Children younger than age 6 should not consume more than 3.0 micrograms of lead per day, according to the CDPH’s Food and Drug Laboratory Branch.

In response to the elevated levels of lead in these products, recalls are underway by multiple firms in California and Washington. A list of those companies and links to the recalls can be found below. California officials are warning the public about some products that are not yet under recall, based on company information posted by the Food and Drug Administration.

The affected plums were sold at retail stores throughout California and possibly in other states in late 2021 through early 2022.

Photographs and the following labeling descriptions can be used to identify the plums with excessive levels of lead:  

ProductPackaging DescriptionLot CodesLead ResultLead per Serving
El Chavito – Salted Plums with ChiliPlastic bag – net weight 1.7 oz – cartoon boy on labelN/A260 ppb10.5 µg
El Chavito – Dried Salted PlumsPlastic bag – net weight 1.7 oz – cartoon boy on labelN/A200 ppb9.6 µg
El Super Leon Saladitos Dry Salted Plums with Chili and ChamoyPlastic bag – net weight 16 oz – cartoon yellow and red lion20210202270 ppb13.01 μg
El Super Leon Saladitos Dry Salted PlumsPlastic bag – net weight 16 oz – cartoon yellow and green lion20210128690 ppb33.25 μg
La Fiesta Saladitos Con Chile – Salted Plums with ChilePlastic bag – net weight 1 oz – red, green, and yellow packagingN/A240 ppb9.6 μg
Lupag Salted Plums – SaladitosPlastic bag – net weight 0.5 oz – white, yellow, and red packagingN/A1060 ppb7.42 μg
El Leoncito Ponchin Dry Salted Plums with ChiliPlastic bag – net weight 1.5 oz – red and clear packaging with small yellow lion20211101280 ppb8.4 μg
Spice and Chili – Saladitos with ChiliPlastic bag – net weight 16 oz – clear packaging with small white labelN/A630 ppb18.9 μg

The CDPH is asking that anyone who finds these products for sale should call the CDPH Complaint Hotline at 800-495-3232 or submit an electronic report here

2022 List of FDA recall pages for dried plums for lead contamination:

https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts/rojas-inc-recalls-plain-dried-salted-plums-because-possible-health-risk

https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts/la-fiesta-food-products-recalls-saladitos-salted-plums-chili-because-possible-health-risk

https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts/ae-corrales-llc-recalls-saladitos-dried-salted-plums-chili-because-possible-health-risk

https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts/el-chavito-inc-recalls-saladitos-dried-salted-plums-and-saladitos-enchilados-salted-plums-chili

https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts/el-super-leon-ponchin-snacks-inc-recalls-saladitos-dry-salted-plums-because-possible-health-risk

https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts/rojas-inc-recalls-plain-dried-salted-plums-because-possible-health-risk

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