More dried plums recalled over potential lead contamination

More dried plums recalled over potential lead contamination

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American Gourmet is recalling bags of .99c packaged of dried plums because of potential lead contamination.

The recall was initiated after it was discovered that dried plums, or saladitos, containing lead were distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of lead.

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH)  is warning consumers not to eat eight other types of dried plum snack, imported from China and Taiwan. The full list can be found here.

The American Gourmet products were distributed in South San Diego through Liquor stores. 

Recalled product:

  • It has a lot # 211203 and a sell by 12/03/2022
  • The UPC number is #1578600104

As of the posting of this recall, no illnesses have been reported because of the distribution of this product.

Consumers who have purchased the bags of the recalled plums are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.

About lead contamination
Lead is a toxic substance present in our environment in small amounts and everyone is exposed to some lead from daily actions such as inhaling dust, eating food, or drinking water.

Exposure to larger amounts of lead can cause lead poisoning. While lead can affect nearly every bodily system, its effects depend upon the amount of and duration of lead exposure and age of the person exposed.

Symptoms can 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 result in obvious symptoms of lead poisoning. A child with lead poisoning 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:

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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