Candy Containing Lead Found At Local Grocery Stores - KLTV.com - Tyler, Longview, Jacksonville |ETX News

12/16/04-Tyler

Candy Containing Lead Found At Local Grocery Stores

Lucas-brand candies are very popular among the Hispanic community, so we decided to head to a large Mexican grocery store in Tyler to see if we could find them.

La Michoacana did not allow our camera, so I went inside alone. And indeed, the busy store carried three of the four types of candies banned in Illinois and closely watched by several other state health departments.

There's Super lucas, lemon-flavored Lucas Limon, and Lucas Acidito. But the spicy and sour Lucas Limon con Chile" was nowhere to be found.

The candies come in a powder form. Children love dipping a lollipop into it or just pouring the salt-based product into their mouths. They're also used as seasoning.

I went back inside La Michoacana to ask the owner if she knew the candies had supposedly been pulled from U.S. markets back in August. She said she spoke little English, so we talked in Spanish.

"I'm Julie Tam from Channel 7 KLTV, and I'd like to ask if you know that these candies contain lead and can cause lead poisoning?" I asked in Spanish.

She said she didn't know.

I then asked: "Then what do you plan to do?"

"Remove them," the owner said.

"Remove them from this store?" I asked.

"Yes," she said.

The owner immediately pulled the candies from the shelves and gave me a refund for the ones I'd bought.

We talked to some people who say they and their children like the Lucas candies. They had no idea the harm it can do.

"Will you still continue to buy this though, knowing it has lead?" I asked one man.

"Yes, yes," Jose Jaramillo replied.

"So you don't care about the bad health implications?" I asked.

"It probably is, but my daughter likes it," he said.

But when I emphasized the dangers of ingesting lead, the father changed his mind.

"If there's a problem, I don't buy no more," he said.

A spokesperson for the candy maker says: "Lucas remains confident in the safety and quality of the four Lucas brand seasoning products... Nevertheless, we are aware of the concerns and confusion surrounding the products and made a business decision to stop manufacturing them."

Lucas says it has pulled more than 5 million units of the candies from distributors and retailers nationwide. But it seems, some still are not aware.

Lucas candies are not only carried at La Michoacana. We also found them at other East Texas stores. Anyone who sees any of the four products on store shelves may call the Lucas Customer Care Line at 1-866-LUCAS-4-U.

Julie Tam, reporting.

  • NewsMore>>

  • Firefighters help angel tree kids

    Firefighters help angel tree kids

    Saturday, December 16 2017 11:51 PM EST2017-12-17 04:51:23 GMT

    East Texas firefighters come to the rescue of angel tree kids. Big Sandy firefighters held two fund-raisers over the past week to help their local Angel Tree network. They collected enough donations to buy toys for 28 kids through the local group 'Agape House Ministries Angel Tree' coordinators. Volunteers also collected cash donations which they turned over to Agape ministries. Copyright 2017 KLTV. All rights reserved.

    More >>

    East Texas firefighters come to the rescue of angel tree kids. Big Sandy firefighters held two fund-raisers over the past week to help their local Angel Tree network. They collected enough donations to buy toys for 28 kids through the local group 'Agape House Ministries Angel Tree' coordinators. Volunteers also collected cash donations which they turned over to Agape ministries. Copyright 2017 KLTV. All rights reserved.

    More >>
  • Big Sandy uses burn house for training

    Big Sandy uses burn house for training

    Saturday, December 16 2017 11:43 PM EST2017-12-17 04:43:35 GMT

    Volunteer firefighters rolled out in one East Texas city today to set a house on fire. It was all part of an unusual set of circumstances that led Big Sandy VFD to seek a unique training opportunity. 

    More >>

    Volunteer firefighters rolled out in one East Texas city today to set a house on fire. It was all part of an unusual set of circumstances that led Big Sandy VFD to seek a unique training opportunity. 

    More >>
  • Pittsburg hold charity chili cook-off

    Pittsburg hold charity chili cook-off

    Saturday, December 16 2017 11:37 PM EST2017-12-17 04:37:15 GMT
    A recent East Texas chili cook-off competition had its origins in the stark reality of the poverty that befalls families with children. A chili cook-off in Pittsburg recently was a competition by teams made up of all first responders. "We ended up with 6 first responder groups from Pittsburg and Camp county," says Pittsburg police chief Richard Penn. But the origins of this competition have a stark beginning. The effort goes back to a welfare check Pittsburg offi...More >>
    A recent East Texas chili cook-off competition had its origins in the stark reality of the poverty that befalls families with children. A chili cook-off in Pittsburg recently was a competition by teams made up of all first responders. "We ended up with 6 first responder groups from Pittsburg and Camp county," says Pittsburg police chief Richard Penn. But the origins of this competition have a stark beginning. The effort goes back to a welfare check Pittsburg offi...More >>
Powered by Frankly