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MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE ISSUES ADDITIONAL WARNING ON CERTAIN JUMEX BRAND JUICES AND NECTARS

 MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE ISSUES ADDITIONAL WARNING
 ON CERTAIN JUMEX BRAND JUICES AND NECTARS
 LANSING, Mich., Aug. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Authorities at the Michigan Department of Agriculture (MDA) today issued an additional warning to grocers and consumers after food inspectors found Jumex brand fruit juices more widely distributed in Michigan than originally thought.
 Dr. Edward C. Heffron, director of MDA's Food Division, said certain cans of the Mexican-made product were recently recalled by a Laredo, Texas, distributor because of lead contamination. The distributor, Vilore Foods Company, sold the product to grocers in Detroit, Saginaw, Lansing and Grand Rapids. Heffron said MDA inspectors are also finding the product in chain stores, specialty stores and mini-marts in many areas of the state beyond those cities.
 "The lead content of certain Jumex juices and nectars poses a serious health risk to consumers, especially children who are more susceptible to the damaging effects of lead poisoning," said Heffron. "It is critical that consumers stop drinking the product, to report the cans they find at the grocery store to agriculture officials and to return any cans they have purchased back to their store for a refund."
 The products in question are 12-ounce cans that have the number "2084," or a lower number, at the end of the numerical portion of the code located on the bottom of each can. The blue-and-white cans with yellow lettering contain Jumex brand apple nectar, apricot nectar, guava nectar, mango nectar, papaya-pineapple nectar, peach nectar, pear nectar, plum nectar, pineapple juice and tamarind nectar.
 Lead solder used to seal the drink cans' side seams is believed to be the cause of contamination. The acidic content of the canned fruit drinks makes them particularly susceptible to contamination from lead solder.
 Regular consumption of lead is extremely dangerous because of its damaging effects on the nervous system. In children, the metal can cause developmental problems and learning disabilities. In acute cases, lead exposure can result in death. In addition to lead-soldered cans, exposure also comes from lead-based paint, auto exhaust from cars still using leaded gasoline, and old water pipes or new copper pipes soldered with lead.
 Anyone concerned that they or a family member has been exposed to lead should contact their physician or local health department.
 Consumers with questions about Jumex juices or those wishing to report retail locations stocking the product, are asked to call one of MDA's regional offices:
 Escanaba 906-786-5462
 Traverse City 616-922-5210
 Grand Rapids 616-456-6988
 Saginaw 517-771-1778
 St. Joseph 616-428-2575
 Detroit 313-356-1700
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 /CONTACT: Al Hafner, Food Division, 517-373-1060, or Ellen Jones, Press & Public Affairs, 517-373-1104, both of Michigan Department of Agriculture/ CO: Michigan Department of Agriculture; Vilore Foods Company ST: Michigan, Texas IN: FOD HEA SU:


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