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Recall announced for lunch boxes

A recall has been announced for two models of lunch boxes distributed in Merced County by the Network for a Healthy California.

The California Department of Public Health is warning consumers not to use the canvas lunch boxes because elevated levels of lead were detected in some of them.

No illnesses have yet been linked to the lunch boxes.

Merced County’s division of the Network for a Healthy California, run by the Merced County Office of Education, passed these lunch boxes out at several health fairs and educational functions in the area.

The recalled lunch boxes are green with a logo reading EAT FRUITS & VEGETABLES AND BE ACTIVE or blue with a logo reading EAT 5 A DAY AND BE ACTIVE.

Those in possession of the boxes can drop them off at the Merced County Office of Education, 632 W. 13th St., Merced or the MCOE Nutrition Network, 3343 M St., Merced.

— Abby Souza

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