Dr. Mark Horton, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), warned consumers today to avoid all flavors of “Toxic Waste” brand “Nuclear Sludge” candies after the importer expanded its recall to other varieties. Anyone in possession of the candy should discard it immediately. The expanded recall includes all flavors and sizes of “Nuclear Sludge” candies after additional laboratory analysis by the company showed test results as high as 0.31 parts per million (ppm) of lead, three times the allowable standard.
The following candies are affected by the recall are: Toxic Waste® Nuclear Sludge® Cherry (UPC 0 89894 81901 1); Toxic Waste® Nuclear Sludge® Green Apple (UPC 0 89894 81701 7); Toxic Waste® Nuclear Sludge® Blue Raspberry (UPC 0 89894 81801 4); Toxic Waste® Nuclear Sludge® Cherry Chew Bar, 0.7 oz (20g); Toxic Waste® Nuclear Sludge® Sour Apple Chew Bar, 0.7 oz (20g); Toxic Waste® Nuclear Sludge® Blue Raspberry Chew Bar, 0.7 oz (20g).
The candies were sold individually or as part of a “Party Bag” or “Membership kit.” The candies were packed in 30 count, 80 count and 120 count bags and in a 120 count fishbowl. Candy Dynamics stated that no other "Toxic Waste®" brand product, besides those labeled "Nuclear Sludge®" is affected by this recall.
Lead is especially toxic to infants, young children and pregnant women. If consumers have eaten several of these bars, or if they have been eating these bars on a regular basis, they should consult with their health care provider to determine if further medical testing is needed. Consumers who find these candy products for sale are encouraged to call the CDPH Complaint Hotline at (800) 495-3232.