Lead is known to cause permanent and serious damage to children, but is still found in many consumer products including candy. The lead comes from ingredients, contaminated equipment and ink on candy wrappers.
In October 2005, the EHC Healthy Kids Campaign won passage of the first state law to ban the sale of lead-contaminated candies, generally imported from other countries, which significantly threaten children's health. This victory was the culmination of a three-year campaign that started with an EHC leader discovering the presence of lead in her child's candy. Implementation of the law is being monitored by EHC and enhanced by a settlement of EHC's Prop 65 lawsuit against major candy manufacturers.
Please visit the state's website for more information about lead in candy.
Or download this list of certified lead-safe candy (in Spanish).