Consumer Information

Children and toxics don't mix. We understand your concerns and want to answer any questions you may have about keeping your children safe from lead in candy.

Manufacturer and Retailer Information

If you manufacture or sell candy, please review important resources and information about California's state law here.

Educational Information and Materials

Lead-poisoning prevention is everyone's responsibility. Please join us in educating others about the hazards of lead in candies and proper precautions to avoid lead poisoning.

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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.

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Environmental Health Coalition, the California Attorney General's Office and partners spearheaded the movement to eliminate lead 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.

If you are a candy manufacturer, click here.


What 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 every year until age six as their brains are developing during this period. 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 updated 2017

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