Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin is alerting consumers to some black licorice being recalled for elevated levels of lead.
Lucky Country Inc., Lincolnton, N.C., is recalling all of its natural black licorice products from Georgia, Florida, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Utah, Virginia and Washington state due to elevated levels of lead.
Tests conducted by the California Department of Public Health and the Food and Drug Administration showed that Lucky Country Aussie Style Soft Gourmet Licorice Black (All Natural) in 1.5 lb bags contained a lead level exceeding the level permitted in candy.
As a result, Lucky Country is voluntarily recalling all of its Lucky Country Aussie Style Soft Gourmet Licorice Black (All Natural) from the market. In addition, the 1.5 lb bags, and the natural black licorice product in 6 oz and 3 lb bags, and in a 1 lb tub are also being recalled.
Consumers are advised to check to see if they have this product in their possession and should either dispose of it or return it to their retail outlet for a full refund.
Those with questions should contact Lucky Country Inc., at email@example.com, or at (828) 428-8313.