24 Aug '12, 9pm

Throw away that Red Vines black licorice if you bought some recently. It might have too much lead:

Scientists have long understood that humans are not meant to eat black licorice. In the same way that an artificial, sulfurous aroma is added to natural gas to warn of its presence, black licorice is given a horrible taste, derived from the anise seed, so that humans know that it is not meant for ingestion. Recently, legislatures in Australia and Slovenia have considered graphic warning labels on packages showing exactly what happens to your taste buds when you eat black licorice; some studies suggest that up to 82 percent of the buds (technically: papillae ) cease working forever, out of protest. And also some black licorice has lead in it. Also, the name of the product is confusing. (Photo courtesy of USDA.) Officials are warning consumers against eating black licorice candy produced by a California company because it contains high levels of lead.The California Departmen...

Full article: http://grist.org/news/black-licorice-recalled-for-contain...

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