Toxic Waste Nuclear Sludge Chew Bars Contain More than Lead


Candy Dynamics of Indianapolis, in cooperation with the Food and Drug Administration, has voluntarily recalled all Toxic Waste® brand Nuclear Sludge® Chew Bars after an elevated level of lead was found in a lot of its cherry flavored product. While lead is certainly a toxin to be avoided, these chew bars also contain other ingredients that are less than healthy.

Recalled Nuclear Sludge Chew Bars high in sugar

The recalled items include Toxic Waste Nuclear Sludge Chew Bars in three flavors, with their corresponding UPC numbers: cherry (UPC 0 89894 81430 6), sour apple (UPC 0 10684 81410 7), and blue raspberry (UPC 0 89894 81420 7). Each chew bar weighs 0.7 oz (20 g). The chew bars are imported from Pakistan.

Following the California Department of Public Health’s discovery of elevated levels of lead (0.24 parts per million [ppm]), compared with the Food and Drug Administration’s tolerance of 0.1 ppm in a lot of the cherry flavor, the company decided to recall all the chew bar products distributed since 2007 as a precaution.


Exposure to even low levels of lead, 10 micrograms (one-millionth of a gram) per deciliter (1/2 cup) of blood can cause damage over time, especially in young children and pregnant women. No reports of illness have been reported in relation to these products.

On the Candy Dynamics website, the warning that comes with the Nuclear Sludge Chew Bars is “This candy is dangerous.” Although the manufacturer is referring to the product’s sour flavor, the ingredients, in addition to the lead, are a concern. The first two ingredients in all three of the Nuclear Sludge Chew Bars are sugar and liquid glucose, providing consumers with lots of empty, unhealthy calories that contribute to an increased risk of heart attack and stroke, as well as obesity and a suppressed immune system.

The third ingredient, hydrogenated palm kernel oil, is the product’s source of trans fat, which has been shown to raise bad (LDL) cholesterol, lower good (HDL) cholesterol, and increase the risk of stroke and heart attack. All the chew bars also contain artificial colorings, which have been named by the Center for Science in the Public Interest as ingredients to avoid.

Consumers who have any of these chew bars can contact Eileen O’Neal at Candy Dynamics for information on destruction of the product. The contact number is 1-317-228-5012, Monday through Friday 9 AM until 5 PM EST.

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