Sunday, May 22, 2016

3 Recalls for May 22, 2016

Sadly I have move chocolate related recalls, and yes, some of these are still related to the Listeria problems.  Check the links for further and protect yourself.

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The Quaker Oats Company Issues Voluntary Recall of Quaker Quinoa Granola Bars Due to Possible Health Risk

The Quaker Oats Company, a subsidiary of PepsiCo, Inc., today announced a voluntary recall of a small quantity of Quaker Quinoa Granola Bars after an ingredient supplier was found to have distributed sunflower kernels that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes (L.mono). There have been no reported illnesses to date. However, Quaker is initiating the voluntary recall in an abundance of caution to protect public health.

Listeria monocytogenes (L.mono) is an organism, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

While the vast majority of potentially affected Quaker products were withheld from ever reaching retail shelves, the products being recalled were distributed nationwide and are as follows:

6.1 ounce boxes of Quaker Quinoa Granola Bars Chocolate Nut Medley with UPC code 30000 32241 and Best Before Dates of: 10/16/2016, 10/17/2016


6.1 ounce boxes of Quaker Quinoa Granola Bars Yogurt, Fruit & Nut with UPC 30000 32243 and Best Before Dates of: 10/10/2016, 10/11/2016

At this time there are no other Quaker products involved in this situation. The company is working closely with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to further investigate this issue, but in the meantime is taking these actions out of commitment to and concern for consumers.

Consumers who have purchased either of the above products are urged to dispose of or return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. They can also direct any questions to 800-856-5781, Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (EST), or find more information at www.quakeroats.com.
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The Caramel Factory, LLC Issues An Allergy Alert
 (This isn't a particularly well written notice, is it? The photos aren't of the products, either, so I've tried to find a few better ones but the brand's website was not helpful)

The Caramel Factory, LLC of Batesville, MS, is recalling the following products for undeclared allergens:

Chocolate covered candies with undeclared milk and soy:

white and dark chocolate cashew turtles and tortoises
white and dark chocolate pecan turtles and tortoises
white and dark chocolate pecan krispie clusters
white and dark chocolate peanut clusters
white and dark chocolate cashew clusters
MS molded chocolate
sugar free milk chocolate peanut cluster
sugar free milk chocolate cashew cluster

Candies with undeclared milk and/or soy:
fudge
pecan fudge
peanut butter fudge
sea salt caramel fudge
salt water taffy
Rice Krispcicles

Candies with undeclared tree nuts, soy, and/or milk:
pralines

Baked Goods with undeclared tree nuts, soy, milk, and wheat:
cocoons

Candy with undeclared eggs and milk:
sugar free salt water taffy

Chocolate coated baked Goods with undeclared eggs, soy, wheat and/or milk:
White Trash
Oreos
Rice Krispcicles
chocolate covered Twinkies
chocolate covered pretzels
Baked goods with undeclared eggs, soy, wheat and/or milk
caramel sugar cookies
caramel cakes

Baked goods with undeclared eggs, tree nuts, soy, wheat and/or milk:
turtle brownies
praline cookies

People who have allergies to peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, soy, and/or wheat run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

These retail products were distributed from our retail store in Batesville, MS prior to May 11, 2016.

The products are packaged, clear plastic packages with the name of each product.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

The recall was initiated after it was discovered that these products were distributed in packaging that did not declare these allergens

Consumers who have purchased any of these products are urged to return any unused product to us for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-662-563-9900, Monday through Friday, 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM.
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TreeHouse Foods Expands Voluntary Product Recall Due to Possible Health Risk
 
(This recall is so long in terms of the products that I must insist that you check out the linked title above.)

(Images of the recalled products here.)

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Celebrate the May Full Moon with Chocolate

Today will be a full moon according to NASA calculation and so in honor of the moon today we are going to look at Moonstruck's Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Almond bar. I've heard of Moonstruck before but have not the opportunity to test them and write about them all best this bar was a weekly freebie using my Kroger loyalty card. Sometimes when there serious chocolate as a freebie, I'll do a Sacrament for you all but I'm also planning a separate post late in 2016 to simply showcase the various chocolatey goodies you might be able to get using grocery or shop loyalty cards. No company or individual paid me in anyway for this review today but since it was totally free, and you might be able to find it in your grocery or mass merchandise stores, I wanted to cover it for you all.

The wrapper is blue and white and has an image of the St. Johns Bridge in Oregon under the Moonstruck logo of a man dancing and playing the pipes. The bar inside is very dark so I am not sure if you can see it well in my photo but it has the same image on it as on the wrapper. If you click on the photo you should be able to see the image more clearly. The ingredient list is short -- dark chocolate, soy lecithin, vanilla, almonds, and sea salt. There is a salty scent when I opened the silver foil around the bar as well as a good cocoa scent; if you break it into pieces you can release more of the chocolate fragrance. The bar is labeled 68% cacao so let's see how dark it tastes. The bar is not scored but you can break it relatively easily and it makes a snap sound to it. The bar is 3 oz and measures a touch over 6.5 inches long, 2.75 inches wide, and 0.25 inches thick.

You can see the dry roasted almond pieces from the bar of the bar and inside when I break it up. The bar makes a soft sound when I take a bite, the almond pieces are small and make only a slight crunch with each chew but their flavor and texture is widespread. The flavor is a smooth dark chocolate, not particularly bitter, there is an undercurrent of sweetness that builds up with each bite, a slight almond flavor, and happily a light salty taste. Over salty chocolate is sadly common so I really appreciate the focus on the chocolate itself in this bar versus the added ingredients of almond and salt.




The bar definitely earned Sacrament status for flavor and company ethics. This status is not something I given very often so far in 2016, Sisters and Brothers. Look around your local grocery stores and see if you can find it. It is worth the average $4 I've seen for it. Of course, if you can find it for less, on sale, or with a coupon, you must give it a try! Please leave a comment and let us know what you think.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Listeria Affects Chocolate Products, Too!

Amid a massive frozen food recalls about Listeria (you need to check into that, Sisters and Brothers) there are some chocolate related recalls, too. Read closely to protect yourself and your love ones.

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Schulze and Burch Biscuit Co. Recalls Various Millville Protein Chewy Bars Products Because of Possible Health Risk

Schulze and Burch Biscuit Co., of Chicago, ILL  is voluntarily recalling a variety of Millville Protein Chewy Bars products because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

The Millville Protein Chewy Bars products were nationally distributed through Aldi stores and the company is recalling the following products. Consumers can find UPC codes and Best By/Date Codes on each package.

UPC Product Description Best By / Code Date

041498195601 Millville Protein Chewy Bars (Peanut, Dark Chocolate & Almond) DEC 04 16 1T1

041498195601 Millville Protein Chewy Bars (Peanut, Dark Chocolate & Almond) DEC 04 16 2T1

041498195601 Millville Protein Chewy Bars (Peanut, Dark Chocolate & Almond) DEC 18 16 1T1

041498195601 Millville Protein Chewy Bars (Peanut, Dark Chocolate & Almond) DEC 18 16 2T1

041498195601 Millville Protein Chewy Bars (Peanut, Dark Chocolate & Almond) DEC 31 16 2T1

041498195601 Millville Protein Chewy Bars (Peanut, Dark Chocolate & Almond) JAN 01 17 1T1

041498195601 Millville Protein Chewy Bars (Peanut, Dark Chocolate & Almond) JAN 01 17 2T1

041498195601 Millville Protein Chewy Bars (Peanut, Dark Chocolate & Almond) JAN 14 17 1T1

041498195601 Millville Protein Chewy Bars (Peanut, Dark Chocolate & Almond) JAN 14 17 2T1

041498195601 Millville Protein Chewy Bars (Peanut, Dark Chocolate & Almond) JAN 15 17 1T1

041498195601 Millville Protein Chewy Bars (Peanut, Dark Chocolate & Almond) JAN 20 17 2T1

041498195601 Millville Protein Chewy Bars (Peanut, Dark Chocolate & Almond) JAN 21 17 1T1

041498195151 Millville Protein Chewy Bars (Peanut Butter, Dark Chocolate) JAN 01 17 2T1

041498195151 Millville Protein Chewy Bars (Peanut Butter, Dark Chocolate) JAN 02 17 1T1

041498195151 Millville Protein Chewy Bars (Peanut Butter, Dark Chocolate) JAN 15 17 1T1

041498195151 Millville Protein Chewy Bars (Peanut Butter, Dark Chocolate) JAN 15 17 2T1

Schulze and Burch Biscuit Co. became aware of the potential contamination when informed by our supplier that the sunflower seeds may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes . We are working closely with FDA to continue to investigate the problem further.

Consumers who have purchased any of the above products are urged to dispose of or return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Consumers with any questions may call the Consumer Contact: (888) 886-3879.

Consumer Care Team is available Monday – Friday, 8 a.m.– 4:30p.m. (PST).

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Two Food Recalls of Sweet & Salty Trail Mix - Because of Possible Health Risk, Due to Potential Presence of Listeria Monocytogenes

This is a combination of two recalls you can find here and here

#1: Rucker’s Wholesale and Service Co. of Bridgeport, IL is voluntarily recalling the specific code dates listed below of Uncle Bucks Sweet & Salty Trail Mix peg bag, due to the potential presence of Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.  Although, healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms, such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

The affected product is packaged in a 3.oz, clear bag with Uncle Buck paper header card, UPC 752545073390. This only affects packages with best by codes 031417 & 041817. The recall of Uncle Bucks Sweet & Salty Trail Mix is distributed nationwide in Bass Pro Shops stores.

Please note, no illnesses reported to date.

#2: Rucker’s Makin’ Batch Candies, Inc. of Bridgeport, IL is voluntarily recalling the specific code dates listed below of Dollywood Sweet & Salty Trail Mix cello bag, due to the potential presence of Listeria Monocytogenes. Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although, healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms, such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

The affected product is packaged in an 11 oz. clear bag with Dollywood Theme Park label, UPC 490000503272. This only affects packages with best by codes 11-22-16 and 1-6-17. The product is distributed at Dollywood Theme Park in Pigeon Forge, TN.

Please note, no illnesses have been reported to date.

Rucker’s learned about the problem after being notified by our supplier that sunflower kernels used in the Sweet & Salty Trail Mix were recalled for potential presence of Listeria monocytogenes.

DO NOT CONSUME this product, consumers whom wish to receive a refund for unused portions or have questions, may contact Rucker’s at 618-945-2411, or 800-663-1857 Mon - Fri 7:30AM - 4:30PM CST, or email - customerservice@ruckerscandy.com


Saturday, May 14, 2016

Celebrate Endangered Species Day with Chocolate

Friday, May 20th, is Endangered Species Day which was created to raise consciousness about the number of animals on our planet that are in jeopardy of extinction. There is a chocolate company that also is focused on this issue: Endangered Species Chocolate Not only do they give back money to help protect endangered animals but this company isn't far from where I live. Endangered Species Chocolate is headquartered in Indianapolis about an hour or so north of me. I should ask them if I could get a tour of their headquarters at some point and write it all up for you all to read about. What do you think, Sisters and Brothers? This company sent us four bars of their new Natural Dark Chocolate with Caramel and Sea Salt in exchange for testing it and writing a honest review about the product; no other form of compensation was received.

The first thing you'll notice on any Endangered Species bar is the animal on the cover but inside the first wrapper you'll also find more information about that animal. Sometimes people who enjoy the bars from Endangered Species Chocolate will simply refer to the flavors by the animal so this would be The Bald Eagle Bar. The information in the first wrapper tells you about the animal. You'll learn about the cover animal's habitat, some interests facts about her life, but also about threats to the population, most of which are a result of human actions. You'll also learn about where Endangered Species donates money and where you can donate money if you are concerned about the particular animal.

This is a 60% cacao bar which isn't too dark, a little light for my prefered tastes but should be good for most of you if you love caramel and a bit of salt with your chocolate, too. But let's actually break some open and really check these bars out. When I opened the wrapper the first scent was salt with a hint of chocolate; when I broke open a square of it (I didn't do the greatest, job, I know) there was a light sweetness that reached my nose. The chocolate should break fairly easily (unless you were me the day I tested this) into 8 squares but it does make a sharp snapping sound. Biting into also makes a sharp snap and the first couple of bites are noisy as well. The initial flavor was the salt, a hint of chocolate, then a burst of buttery sweet when I bit into the pillow of caramel. The fades faded back into a salty caramel before settling into a nicely sweet, semi-dark chocolate. The caramel is not stick though as you can see in the photo it is fairly thick. I really liked this bar a lot as did the folks who helped me test it out.

There we have it, the newest bar in the large line up of bars from Endangered Species Chocolate. If the Natural Dark Chocolate with Caramel and Sea Salt bar sounds good to you, please look at your local grocery and mass merchandise shops to see if you can find them. Where I live, I can walk and within 5-10 minutes I could buy these buys at a half dozen different stores. They are Sacrament Worthy so what is keeping you from going out and finding one today? Remember you can break it into eight squares to share, four squares to consume one full serving, or just go crazy and eat the entire thing. Whichever you choose, you can feel good on multiple levels when you buy and eat this chocolate bar.