Lawsuit Claims Twizzlers Black Licorice Caused Heart Disease

November 2, 2018

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While there are many who are not fans of black licorice, you'd be hard pressed to say eating it is dangerous to your health. A 73-year old man claims his weekly black licorice fix gave him heart disease and has filed a lawsuit against Twizzlers maker, Hershey. David Goldberg is a “healthy individual who is not obese” and “has never had any heart conditions,” he says in the lawsuit and that his weekly habit of eating "at least one standard size bag per week" of Twizzlers for years is responsible for his atrial fibrillation that was diagnosed last year. He currently takes medication for it and has since stopped eating the candy, however his condition has not improved. Last year was also when the Food and Drug Administration issued a warning that glycyrrhizin, which occurs naturally in black licorice, could prompt heart problems for adults over 40. Although the warning from the government only came out last year, the lawsuit says Hershey's knew for years that its black licorice candy posed a health threat, yet didn’t warn consumers. A spokesperson for Hershey's says they cannot not comment on pending litigation but assures that all of their products are safe to eat and formulated in full compliance with FDA regulations, including the agency’s regulation affirming the safety of licorice extract for use in food. The chances of falling ill from licorice is higher if you are over 40 years old and gobble down more than 2 ounces of black licorice a day for at least two weeks. A standard bag of Twizzlers licorice is 16 ounces, to which Goldberg says in his lawsuit, that he ate one bag per week for years.

SOURCE: Newser & New York Post

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