In a nutshell: Yikes! Who knew black licorice had lead in it? And that just goes to show you that the labeling of all natural can include harmful minerals and all natural is not necessarily healthy like it misleadingly lets you believe. The term, all natural, should be abolished from product labeling because it means nothing.
Lucky Country Inc. of Lincolnton, NC is recalling all of its natural black licorice products from California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Utah, Virginia, and Washington State due to elevated levels of lead.
Recent tests performed 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. Because of this finding, Lucky Country is voluntarily recalling all of its Lucky Country Aussie Style Soft Gourmet Licorice Black (All Natural) from the market. In addition to the 1.5 lb bags, Lucky Country also manufactures this natural black licorice product in 6 oz and 3 lb bags, and in a 1 lb tub. 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.
Lucky Country is cooperating with the California Department of Public Health and the Food and Drug Administration to conduct the recall. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 828 428-8313 during business hours.
I wonder if the actual Aussie black licorice has lead in it? Here’s a good reference article about licorice; it doesn’t mention anything about lead.
In the past, I have eaten black licorice because it has a laxative effect. Now I have new respect for the cliche, get the lead out!