Sunday, March 29, 2015

3 Chocolate Recalls March 29, 2015

March ends with some chocolate related recalls... so many non-chocolate recalls this past week that I hope you all have gotten into the habit of watching out for your food and drink safety.

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Blue Bell Ice Cream Recalls 3 oz. Institutional/Food Service Ice Cream Cups – Chocolate, Strawberry, Vanilla (Tab Lid) – Because of Possible Health Risk

Consumer Contact: 979-836-7977

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — March 23, 2015 — Blue Bell Ice Cream of Brenham, Texas, is recalling three 3 oz. institutional/food service ice cream cups- chocolate, strawberry and vanilla with tab lids 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.

On March 22, the Kansas Department of Health & Environment reported one positive test for Listeria monocytogenes on a chocolate institutional/food service cup recovered from a hospital in Wichita, Kan. This cup was produced in the Broken Arrow, Okla., plant on April 15, 2014. These cups are not sold thru retail outlets such as convenience stores and supermarkets.

The ice cream cups listed below were distributed in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Wyoming via food service accounts.

Ice Cream Cup Chocolate (3 FL OZ) No UPC - SKU #453
Ice Cream Cup Strawberry (3 FL OZ) No UPC - SKU #452
Ice Cream Cup Vanilla (3 FL OZ) No UPC – SKU #451

There have been no reported illnesses to date.

This recall in no way includes Blue Bell Ice Cream half gallons, pints, quarts, 3 gallons or other 3 oz. cups.

Consumers who have purchased these items are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. For more information consumers with questions may call 979-836-7977, Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. CST.

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Supervalu Inc. Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Peanuts in Product (No Image Available)

Consumer Contact: 1-877-932-7948

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — March 20, 2015 — Eden Prairie, Minn. — Supervalu Inc. of Eden Prairie, Minn. is recalling Essential Everyday Chocolate Covered Raisins because the product may contain undeclared peanuts. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

Essential Everyday Chocolate Covered Raisins were distributed in Minnesota, Illinois, Missouri, Virginia, North Carolina, and Maryland, and may have been purchased at the company’s Farm Fresh, Shoppers, Cub Foods, Hornbacher’s and Shop ‘n Save stores.

There have been no confirmed illnesses associated with this product recall and the recall is being issued out of abundance of caution.

The product is in a 32 oz. clear plastic tub with a black lid. The product is labeled as Essential Everyday Chocolate Covered Raisins and may contain chocolate covered peanuts. The product UPC is code is 41303 05311 and is located on the back label. The product may have a back label with a product descriptor that does not match the product descriptor on the front label.

The recall was initiated after it was discovered that product containing peanuts was distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of peanuts on the front of the package. The product manufacturer is Quality Products, a division of MRCI WorkSource.

Consumer questions related to this product recall should be directed to SUPERVALU’s customer service line at 1-877-932-7948. Consumers may return any unused product to the place of purchase for a refund.

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Lindt USA Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Hazelnuts in Chocolate Covered Raisin and Chocolate Covered Almond Bags

Limited Product Impacted (56bags)

Consumer Contact: 1-877-MY-LINDT (1-877-695-4638)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — March 24, 2015 — STRATHAM, N.H. — Premium Swiss chocolatier Lindt & Sprüngli is voluntarily recalling one product lot of its 6.4 oz Chocolate Covered Raisin Bags and 6.4 oz Chocolate Covered Almond Bags sold in nine Lindt Chocolate Shop locations in the U.S. between January 23 and March 16, 2015. Lindt is issuing this voluntary recall due to concerns about the potential presence of undeclared hazelnuts. People who are allergic to hazelnuts run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

This voluntary recall affects the following products:

Chocolate Covered Raisin 6.4 oz standup bag with a lot code L2975 and a best before date of 4-30-2015

Chocolate Covered Almond 6.4 oz standup bag with a lot code of L2975 and best before date of 4-30-2015

Consumers can find the lot codes on a white sticker placed on the back of the bag. Codes begin with the letter “L.”

Lindt is issuing this voluntary recall after learning that a limited number of bags (56 bags or less) of these two products were mistakenly labeled and may contain hazelnuts. No allergic reactions have been reported to date. The impacted bags were available for purchase at the following nine Lindt Chocolate Shops between January 23 – March 16, 2015:

Fashion Outlets of Chicago
5220 Fashion Outlets Way
Rosemont, IL 60018Peninsula Hotel
692 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10019

Maine Outlet Mall
345 US Route 1
Kittery, ME 03904The Rolex Building
665 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10022

Woodbury Common Premium Outlets
498 Red Apple Court
Central Valley, NY 10917Tanger Outlet Center
1770 West Main Street
Riverhead, NY 11720

Sawgrass Mills
12801 West Sunrise Blvd
Sunrise, FL 33323Chicago Premium Outlets
1650 Premium Outlets Blvd
Aurora, IL 60502

Mall of America
284 South Avenue
Bloomington, MN 55425

Consumers who believe they purchased one of these bags should return the product to a Lindt Chocolate Shop for a full refund, or contact Lindt Customer Service at 1-877-MY-LINDT (1-877-695-4638) 24 hours/ day or ChocCovered@lindt.com. Consumers with questions should contact Lindt Customer Service.

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