Dr. Ron Chapman, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and state health officer, warned consumers not to eat five preserved plum and/or prune products, after tests conducted by CDPH found that all five exceed state standards for lead.
Consumers in possession of the following products should discard them immediately:
- Dried Plum, imported from Hong Kong by T&H Trading Co/Rong Tan Kwok Yu, Inc., of Oakland, California, is sold in a 4 ounce clear plastic package that has yellow, red and blue stripping at the top and bottom. Chinese characters appear on the front of the package in the same colors. The plum products are visible through the packaging. CDPH’s recent chemical analysis determined that Dried Plum contained as much as 17.1 micrograms of lead per serving.
- Sweet and Soure Prune, imported from Taiwan by CHO Fuku Group (USA), Inc., El Monte, California, is sold in a 5 ounce (142gram) clear plastic package that has a yellow border with various fruits shown at the bottom and Chinese characters appearing on the package. The preserved prunes are visible through the packaging. CDPH’s recent chemical analysis determined that Sweet and Soure Prune contained as much as 16.0 micrograms of lead per serving.
- Ching Ling Dried Prune, imported from Taiwan by Tiffany Food Company, of New York, N.Y., is sold in a 120 grams plastic package that is primarily white with a picture showing a family working in the fields and has numerous small to large Chinese characters on the package. The words ‘Gourmet Foods’ appear in the bottom left corner. The prune products are visible through a small clear window on the package. CDPH’s recent chemical analysis determined that Ching Ling Dried Prune contained as much as 7.2 micrograms of lead per serving.
- Preserved Plum, imported from China by K.Y.L. Trading Co, Inc., of Brisbane, California, is sold in a 56 ounce clear hard round plastic container that has a yellow label with black and red Chinese characters on it. The top of the container is red with gold wrapping below it. The plum products are visible through the round hard plastic container. CDPH’s recent chemical analysis determined that Preserved Plum contained as much as 9.2 micrograms of lead per serving.
- Dried Red Prune, imported from Taiwan by Richen Trading of Alhambra, California, is sold in a 1.7 ounce (50 gram) plastic package that has light yellow and soft pink colors surrounding the package with Chinese characters and a green picture of fruit towards the top. The plum products are visible through a small clear rectangle. CDPH’s recent chemical analysis determined that Dried Red Plum contained as much as 11.0 micrograms of lead per serving.
Photographs of each product can be found on the food recall page of the CDPH website.
The importers/distributors have initiated a voluntarily recall of these products and CDPH is currently working with them to ensure that the contaminated products are removed from the market place.
Children under 6 years of age should not consume more than 6.0 micrograms of lead per day from all dietary sources. Pregnant women and parents of children who may have consumed these products should consult their physician or health care provider to determine if medical testing is needed. Anyone finding these products for sale should call the CDPH Complaint Hotline at (800) 495-3232. More information is available on the CDPH Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Page.