Chaca Chaca is made from apple pulp and chili powder and comes wrapped in red and white cellophane. The name comes from the sound a train makes on the tracks, and a train is depicted on the wrapper.
The state Department of Health Services alerted consumers Thursday. Lead could harm the nervous system and kidneys, said state epidemiologist Dr. Gilberto Chavez. Lead poisoning can also cause learning disabilities and behavioral disorders.
Chaca Chaca was tested by the state food and drug branch in June and August 2002. Those tests found the candy bar contained three to four times the lead level allowed by FDA (news - web sites) guidelines.
The health warning is the first California has issued on a candy since 2001, when consumers were cautioned about a lollipop made of fig-like tamarind discovered in the Costa Mesa home of a child with lead poisoning.
Why would anybody want an apple pulp and chilli pepper candy bar, haven't they heard of a Reese's Cup?