California health officials warned consumers, especially children and pregnant women, Thursday not to eat Red Vines black licorice twists after discovering it contains levels of lead that exceed state standards, according to the California Department of Public Health.

Red Vines candy was recalled when candy packages marked with the expiration date 02/04/13 were found to contain up to 13.2 micrograms of lead per serving, according to the California Department of Public Health.

Any consumers in possession of the candy should dispose of it immediately, according to the Monterey County Health Department.

Manufactured and distributed by Union City-based American Licorice Co., Red Vines candy is sold in a one-pound, light red package with 'Red Vines' written in bold, white letters.

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