Sunday, February 8, 2015

Recalls Related to Chocolate 1st Weekend of February 2015

We have a varied group of chocolate related recalls to share with you today. Please do look through them, follow the links, and contact your stores and the companies if you have these products. Remember the FDA can only do so much, you have to protect yourself and your family by following up.

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Aloha Voluntarily Recalls Line Of Premium Protein Products Due To A Possible Health Risk

Consumer Contact: 1-844-906-0499

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — January 30, 2015 — Project Healthy Living, Inc. of New York, New York (d/b/a Aloha, Inc.) is voluntarily recalling all packages of Premium Protein powder in chocolate and vanilla blends because it has the potential to be contaminated with Staphylococcus enterotoxin. The presence of Staphylococcus enterotoxins may be injurious to health and may result in staphylococcal food poisoning. Nausea, vomiting, retching, abdominal cramping, and prostration may occur. In more severe cases there may be headache, muscle cramping, and transient changes in blood pressure and pulse.

The Aloha Premium Protein products were distributed nationwide from November 2014 through January 2015 directly to consumers through online sales and in New York through a very limited number of retail stores. All sizes of Aloha's Vanilla and Chocolate Premium Protein blends are being voluntarily recalled. This product is packaged and sold in both 14-serving sized steel tins and single-serving sized pouches. The single serving pouches may be in kits that contain other products not affected by the voluntary recall.

To date, Aloha has received 17 complaints from customers who have reported transient gastrointestinal symptoms consistent with staphylococcal food poisoning. This voluntary recall is a result of an extensive testing program, which Aloha began immediately following individual customer complaints of gastrointestinal issues. Aloha is working closely with its manufacturer, co-packers, ingredient suppliers and distribution partners to determine the source and cause of the contamination.

Aloha has temporarily ceased production and distribution of the Premium Protein products until further analytical testing can confirm the specific source of the contamination. Aloha has already notified customers via direct e-mail correspondence and created a dedicated website regarding the voluntary recall. In addition, Aloha is offering 24/7 customer support through Monday, February 2nd and then will resume regular customer support hours (Monday - Friday 10am-9pm EST).

All customers who have purchased Aloha's Premium Protein products are instructed to discontinue use and complete the refund form found online at Aloharecall.com. Customers with product remaining are also asked to return the product and its original packaging for further examination.

Customers who have purchased Aloha's Premium Protein products will receive a refund and a store credit. In addition, Aloha will cover 100% of the cost of return shipping. For more information on the recall, please visit www.aloharecall.comdisclaimer icon. No other Aloha products are affected by this recall.

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Christ Kitchen Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk in Blameless Blondies Cookie Bar

Consumer Contact: 509-325-4343

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 3, 2015 – Spokane, Washington – Christ Kitchen of Spokane, Washington is recalling 199/15 oz. packages of Blameless Blondies Brownie because it may contain undeclared milk. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk may run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

Note: "White Chocolate Chips" are listed but without further information The Chocolate Cult can't determine if is really chocolate. We felt it was better to err on the side of caution than to not inform you all about this recall.

Blameless Blondie Brownie was distributed in Spokane Washington through our store location at 2410 N Monroe and several retail locations in the Spokane area between the dates of October 2014 through December 2014.

Blameless Blondies Brownie has the UPC 8 53143 00246 8 and has no best by dates. The expected shelf life is 18 months. The product is sold under brand name Christ Kitchen, net weight 15 oz., and packaged in a white cardboard decretive container.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

The recall was initiated after it was discovered that distributed product contains milk but product's label did not reveal the presence of milk.

This recall is being made with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Washington Department of Agriculture (WSDA).

Consumers who have purchased Blameless Blondies are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund or replaced with a new product with the proper allergens listed on the tag.

Consumers who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk are advised not to consume this product. Consumers with questions may call Christ Kitchen at 509-325-4343 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM PST, Monday through Friday.

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