According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, a product recall has been issued for Toxic Waste brand Short Circuit Bubble Gum over fears of high amounts of lead contained in the candy. The candy affected comes in a 3.2 oz. packaging, Lot #15070SC12 and has a distinct yellow and black caution tape design on the bag. Toxic Waste Short Circuit Bubble Gum was sold in stores from January 4, 2011 until March 18, 2011 with a UPC code 0 89894 31001 3.
Circle City Marketing and Distributing, doing business as Candy Dynamics, issued a voluntary recall of the candy imported from Pakistan. A recent FDA test showed the product had elevated lead levels of 0.189 parts per million, the agency allows 0.1 parts per million.
Elevated levels of lead could potentially cause health problems, especially in small children and pregnant women. A Livermore Nuclear Weapons Lab geoscientist Leuren Moret also found the gum to contain 6% uranium. The candies are made to resemble uranium fuel pellets from a nuclear power plant.
The FDA urges consumers to stop consuming Toxic Waste Short Circuits Bubble Gum and reports no other Toxic Waste product is affected. The company has received no reports of illnesses.
Previously, Candy Dynamics issued a recall for its Toxic Waste brand Nuclear Sludge chew bars due to elevated lead levels, which the FDA found to be as high as 0.24 parts per million. Its expanded recall included other Nuclear Sludge products which tested at .311 parts per million, the company subsequently canceled the entire candy line.