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#1 DWF

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Posted 20 March 2004 - 01:17 PM

http://story.news.ya...e/candy_alert_1

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A Mexico candy bar contains toxic levels of lead and people should avoid eating it, state officials warned.

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? :crazy:  :eek:
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#2 Delvo

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Posted 20 March 2004 - 01:40 PM

Homer's Powersauce bars were real!

Knowing that chili powder is effective in small doses, I'd worry about something that's primarily or secondarily made out of it instead of just spiced with it... it seems like that would cause some "medical side effects" with a quicker onset than lead poisoning usually has. :eek:

#3 the 'Hawk

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Posted 20 March 2004 - 01:42 PM

^ I always wondered what old Chinese newspapers tasted like....

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#4 Delvo

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Posted 20 March 2004 - 01:46 PM

Hawk, you just made me want to use an animated smiley with something flying right over the little dude's head.

#5 DWF

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Posted 20 March 2004 - 01:49 PM

the'Hawk, on Mar 20 2004, 01:40 PM, said:

^ I always wondered what old Chinese newspapers tasted like....

"Hey, Deng Xiaoping died!"

:cool:
LOL!! Yeah but it tastes better with some Dasani to wash it down. :lol:
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Posted 20 March 2004 - 01:54 PM

Delvo, on Mar 20 2004, 01:44 PM, said:

Hawk, you just made me want to use an animated smiley with something flying right over the little dude's head.
We have one of those? Neat.

Powersauce bars. They're not really "harnessing the power of apples". They're made mostly of old Chinese newspapers. I can't help it if I remember obscure references and throwaway lines from Simpsons episodes on demand.... ;)

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Posted 20 March 2004 - 02:15 PM

I'm constitutionally against paying for bottled water, unless there's a real emergency.  If I'm going to have to drink recycled tap water, I might well drink it from the tap and save myself the money.
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#8 Drew

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Posted 20 March 2004 - 02:54 PM

DWF, on Mar 20 2004, 12:15 PM, said:

Why would anybody want an apple pulp and chilli pepper candy bar?
That actually sounds pretty good! I'll take a whole case. Unleaded, please.  :cool:
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Posted 20 March 2004 - 03:03 PM

Delvo, that would be screaming neon pink flamingos at 40,000 feet.
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#10 FlatlandDan

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Posted 20 March 2004 - 06:29 PM

Hummm....I ate those for about two weeks over Christmas.

WEE!!!  I guess I've got my lead content for a couple of lifetimes now. ;)

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Posted 21 March 2004 - 01:48 PM

I've actually heard of this candy bar before, on a site that did reviews of horrible candy. I still can't see how anyone would want to eat something that combines apple pulp and chili powder. :barf:
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Posted 21 March 2004 - 08:47 PM

well....it's pretty tasty, actually.  Kinda sweet and spicy.  Stupid lead content...no wonder I didn't do well on my last calc test.  Are tamarins off-limits now too????  NO!!!!!  I LOVE those things
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