California Attorney General Kamala Harris has filed a lawsuit against Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s and other food retailers, manufacturers and distributors, alleging the companies are selling lead-tainted ginger and plum candies without statutorily mandated warning labels.
Filed in Superior Court in San Francisco, the complaint claims retailers and candy makers exposed consumers to lead in violation of Proposition 65, a law that requires notice of even minute amounts of chemicals that the state considers harmful.
As reported by The Huffington Post, the defendants could be fined up to $2,500 per day for each violation of Prop 65. While not surprising, the companies weren’t talking to the press. But the Associated Press (as reported by NBC), did secure a quote from Jennifer Marples, a spokeswoman for Whole Foods, who said only that the company is investigating the issue with its vendors.