California has filed a lawsuit against Whole Foods, Trader Joe's and other food retailers, alleging the store are selling lead-tainted ginger and plum candies without warning labels, as required by state law.
Attorney General Kamala Harris' office filed the lawsuit on Tuesday in San Francisco Superior Court.
It claims retailers and candy makers exposed consumers to lead in violation of Proposition 65, which requires businesses to issue warnings about even minute amounts of chemicals deemed harmful by the state.
The attorney general's office says laboratory tests verified lead in the products, but the agency did not specify the amounts in the lawsuit or respond to a request seeking that information.
"Defendants ... have knowingly and intentionally exposed individuals within the state of California to lead," the lawsuit states.