Some Imported Hot Sauces from Mexico Have High Lead Levels
Study Finds Dangerous Levels of Lead in Hot Sauces From Mexico
Story from NBC Los Angeles - Jul 24, 2013
Four of the 25 sauces studied contained more than the FDA's standard for lead in food
University of Nevada - Las Vegas (UNLV) researchers tested 25 bottles of hot sauce imported from Mexico and South America. The products were bought in the U.S. at ethnic markets and grocery stores. Four bottles, or 16% of the sample, exceeded U.S. Food and Drug Administration standard for safe levels of lead. The product packaging was also tested because lead in packaging has been known to leach into food.
The four brands of Hot Sauce from Mexico with high lead levels were:
-El Pato - Salsa Picante
-El Yucateco - Salsa Picante de Chile Habanero
-Castillo - Salsa Habanera
-Bufalo - Salsa Clasica
I had 2 of those 4 brands in my fridge, Salsa Picante de Chile Habanero and Bufalo Salsa Clasica. They just went in the trash.