Dr. Mark Horton, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), today warned consumers not to eat BAVAN brand Santra Goli and BAVAN brand Khati Mithi Goli candies after CDPH found unacceptable levels of lead in the products. Consumers in possession of the candy should discard it.
BAVAN Santra Goli and BAVAN Khati Mithi Goli are manufactured in India. Bavan Food Company imports and distributes the candy. The Sacramento-based distributor initiated a voluntary recall and is working with CDPH to remove the products from the market place. BAVAN Santra Goli is light orange and shaped like a half-moon. BAVAN Khati Mithi Goli is round and is pink, orange, yellow, semi-clear, blue, and green. Both candies are sold in 14-ounce clear plastic bags. Orange and white labels show the words “BAVAN Brand,” “Candy” and the candy’s name in black.
California considers candies with lead levels in excess of 0.10 ppm to be contaminated. CDPH determined that BAVAN Santra Goli contained as much as 0.18 parts per million (ppm) of lead. BAVAN Khati Mithi Goli contained as much as 0.22 (ppm) of lead. Pregnant women and parents of children who may have eaten this product should consult their physician or health care provider to determine if medical testing is needed. Consumers who find these candies for sale should call CDPH’s Complaint Hotline at (800) 495-3232.