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Candy Dynamics expands Nuclear Sludge recall

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Carmel-based Candy Dynamics has expanded a voluntary recall of its Toxic Waste brand Nuclear Sludge products because they may contain too much lead.

Earlier this month, the company recalled all flavors of its 0.7-ounce Nuclear Sludge Chew Bars because tests showed elevated levels of lead in a batch of cherry-flavored candy. On Thursday, it added the 0.3-ounce size to the recall.

The candy was imported from Pakistan and distributed nationwide through retail stores and mail orders.

Company officials were not available for comment Monday afternoon, but Candy Dynamics said in a prepared statement that it would discontinue the sale of Nuclear Sludge products.

“Further testing by the company indicates that while some of the smaller sized products were below the FDA limit, some contain elevated levels of lead,” according to the statement, made available by the Food and Drug Administration and the Indiana Department of Health.

Overexposure to lead could damage nerve connections and cause blood and brain disorders, the Health Department said. Symptoms of lead toxicity include stomach aches, colic, nausea, vomiting and insomnia.

No lead-related illnesses have been reported, the statement said, and only the Nuclear Sludge products are affected by the recall.

Founded in 2006, Candy Dynamics made a name for itself with its unusual "double-action" sour recipe, eye-catching packaging and unforgettable names like Toxic Waste, Nuclear Sludge and Hi-Voltage Bubble Gum.

As IBJ reported this week, the startup—formally known as Circle City Marketing and Distributing—allegedly was funded with some of the assets from a failed business that sold dietary supplements called Mini Thins. Founder Richard A. Deer is facing allegations of bankruptcy fraud as a result.

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  • TOXIC WASTE of a COMPANY
    It appears that pushing ephederine on kids was not good enough for this evil company.
    Now the quality control is lacking in pushing candy.
    I agree with EddieB317...
    LET THE LAWSUITS FLY!
  • Well thats just ironic.
    I love how this company from carmel decided that a voluntary recall was a good idea for their candy because it had "too much" lead. Too much? Isn't any lead too much? Rule #1 in making candy... make sure it doesn't have lead in it.

    Well this has long term liability written all over it. Some kid eats their lead candy and five years later is diagnosed as being developmentally disabled. Then they go to court and some moron who made lead candy for kids has to stand in front of a jury and tell them how they failed to keep lead out of their "toxic waste" candy that they were selling to children.

    Wow. I hope this dope has a good defense team that is more competent at lawyering than he was at making candy.

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