Calif. sues: Lead in candied ginger, plum

Posted by Robyn, May 6, 2013

gingerThe state of California is suing Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Target and other retailers and candy makers, claiming the companies have exposed consumers to illegal lead levels in their candied plum and ginger products.

The lawsuit, which was filed Tuesday in San Francisco Superior Court by the state attorney general’s office, accuses the retailers of knowingly selling products that contain lead in violation of Proposition 65, which requires California businesses to warn consumers about chemicals in their products that are known to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm.

The retailers and manufacturers named in the lawsuit “knowingly and intentionally” exposed people to unacceptable lead levels and failed to issue proper notification or put warning labels on the products as required by law, according to court documents.

via Calif. sues: Lead in candied ginger, plum – SFGate.

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