Warnings over raisins tainted with lead were repeatedly ignored, according to reports in the Canadian press. Health Canada scientists are reported to have issued repeated pleas and health hazard warnings about lead-tainted raisins being sold in Canada, with one senior government scientist recommending they be removed from supermarket shelves. According to the National Post, however, Health Canada continued to permit the import and distribution of raisins, in part to avoid inflicting hardship on Turkish exporters.