Black Licorice Recalled Over Lead Levels 'Red Vines' product in question By Newser Editors and Wire Services Posted Aug 23, 2012 4:12 PM CDT 14 comments Comments File photo. The offending batch is from Red Vines. (Shutterstock) (Newser) – Officials are warning consumers against eating black licorice candy produced by a California company because it contains high levels of lead. The California Department of Public Health issued the warning yesterday against 16-ounce bags of Red Vines Black Licorice Twists with the label "Best Before 020413." The manufacturer, American Licorice Co. of Union City, has issued a voluntary recall for the tainted batch, which was distributed inside and outside of California, though exact places aren't specified. Tests show the product contains levels of lead that are more than twice the recommended daily limit for young children.