California’s attorney general (AG) has filed a suit against a number of candy manufacturers and grocery retailers, alleging that they have violated Proposition 65 (Prop. 65) by failing to label “ginger candies and other food products containing ginger” and/or “plum candies and other products containing plums,” which the AG claims contain lead, a substance known to the state “to cause cancer, birth defects, and other reproductive harm.” People v. Dakota Bros., No. __ (Cal. Super. Ct., San Francisco Cty., filed April 30, 2013). Under Prop. 65, “businesses must provide a ‘clear and reasonable warning’ before exposing individuals to lead,” according to the complaint, and the defendants have allegedly not provided such warnings. The AG seeks civil penalties, not to exceed $2,500 per day for each violation, injunctive relief, attorney’s fees, and costs.

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