The lawsuit, filed April 30 in San Francisco Superior Court, argues that Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Target, 99 Ranch Market, Island Pacific Supermarket, Marina Food and other retailers have been selling candy, snacks and bulk food made with ginger or dried plums that contains dangerously high levels of lead.
The companies did not alert customers to the lead, the suit charges, and that violates California’s Proposition 65, which requires businesses to warn consumers about harmful toxins in food, toys, jewelry and other products.
Better yet, make it yourself!
- ½ pound ginger (8 oz.), about 2 large knobs, peeled
- 1½ cups granulated sugar
- ½ cup mild flavored honey
- 2 cups water
- ¼ cup sugar on a plate for rolling the pieces in after simmering.
- Peel the ginger.
- Cut into ½ inch cubes or slice thinly. Cubes will take longer to get tender, almost double the time.
- Combine sugar, honey and water in a large pan.
- Bring to a boil then reduce the heat to a bare simmer.
- Add the ginger and stir. Cover pan with a lid.
- Cook till tender 15-30 minutes, stirring occasionally
- Using a slotted spoon, remove the ginger pieces from the syrup.
- Drop the ginger pieces on the prepared plate.
- roll till the pieces are completely covered.
- Allow to dry completely
- Store in a sealed jar
- The ginger will hold for months. If it gets sticky, just add a bit more sugar to the jar and shake.