NELSON, New Zealand, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- A New Zealand candy company issued a recall and an apology after penis-shaped gummy candies were found mixed in with sweets marketed to kids.
Jack Van de Geest, managing director of sales for the Dutch Rusk candy company in Nelson, said the firm started importing mixed gummy candies called Dragon Sweets from a Chinese company about six months ago and complaints of penis-shaped pieces started coming in about two weeks later.
"When first someone told us we thought they were joking, it can't be right," Van de Geest told Stuff. "But they said no, it's honestly true so they sent us a bag. Then another phone call came a couple of days later and we thought, 'what's going on?' and got everything sent back."
Van de Geest said about one in every 20 or 30 bags of Dragon Sweets contains at least one or two of the phallic gummies.
The company recalled the sweets and Van de Geest said the manufacturer apologized and refunded some of the money Dutch Rusk paid for the candies.
"We've done everything that could possibly have been done ... these things happen," he said.
The penis-shaped candies are not considered offensive in China, where the phallic shape is seen as promoting fertility and health.