Kansas City, MO – The Kansas City Health Department is warning that Lucky Country Aussie Style Soft Gourmet Natural Flavor Black Licorice contains a high level of lead in it. Burt Malone from the department says several area stores, including Costco, Bed, Bath and Beyond, Wal-Mart, and Walgreens carry the product.
According to Malone, It is sold in one and a half pound clear plastic bags with a yellow kangaroo on it, in addition to the words all natural."
Malone says anyone who's been eating the black licorice should immediately stop doing so and that any child or pregnant woman should receive a blood lead test.
Funding for health care coverage on KCUR has been provided by the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City.