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WASHINGTON - The U.S. government says candy imported from Pakistan called Toxic Waste Nuclear Sludge is not safe to eat. Who would have guessed?
The Food and Drug Administration announced that the U.S. distributor of Nuclear Sludge chew bars is recalling the candy because of lead contamination. No one has been sickened, but the FDA said elevated lead content could be harmful to small children, infants and pregnant women.
The bars were distributed in stores throughout the U.S. and Canada.
"Our product's tongue-in-cheek brand name in no way reflects the vigilant approach the company takes toward product integrity," the company said in a statement.
In recent years, U.S. regulators have struggled to assure the safety of a wave of food imports from countries like Pakistan, China and India. In 2008, the FDA opened its first inspection offices in China after contaminated pet food, toothpaste and other products reached U.S. stores.
#1 Poop. This treat is a step up from the Pay-Day-bar-in-the-swimming-pool gag of "Caddyshack" fame, and it's the tastiest treat of the bunch. Three variations--candy-corn-filled, undigested peanut-y, and "classic"--will pit your eyes against your nose. $5 each (4 oz.); Crapola Chocolate Poop; chocolatefantasies.com
#3 Toilet. A welcome departure from gummy-based candies, these mini toys pair twin suckers (plungers) with flavored powder (bowl water) for a Fun-Dip-esque experience.
#2 Urine Sample. A visual joke lost on children, perhaps, but these cups are disturbingly close to the real thing. Seeing anyone gulp yellow liquid (supposedly lemonade-flavored) from one of these will result in a double- or spit-take.