What we do Lead-free Candy

Thank you for visiting the national resource for lead-free candy. We know you care about children's health, so we've developed resources to answer all your questions about keeping your children healthy and safe.

Candy 5Environmental Health Coalition, the California Attorney General's Office and partners spearheaded the early 2000s movement to regulate lead levels in candy. After a thorough investigation, lawsuit and a statewide law, California now requires candy manufacturers operate within strict legal standards and undergo regular audits to ensure compliance. As a result, candy sold in stores today has been tested for lead levels and certified as lead free.

View a list of popular candies that are lead free.

It's still very important to refer to this website and the California Department of Public Health for frequently updated information. If you are curious about whether or not your favorite candy has ever tested positive for lead, please click the link below.

California Department of Public Health Lead in Candy Test Results (2013-2014)

Lead_Free_Candy_Kid_1What is lead?

Lead is a dangerous metal, harmful to developing brains and responsible for irreversible developmental problems. Lead is most commonly found in the lead-based paint and paint chips from homes built before 1979. Children may get sick by breathing or ingesting dust from this paint as it chips or deteriorates over time. 

Most children with lead poisoning do not look or act sick, which is why it's important to get a blood-lead test ever year until age six. Please explore our website to learn more about lead poisoning in children and read our frequently asked questions about lead-free candy to learn how to keep your family healthy and safe.

Lead-free candy history (2)

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