The Chocolate Cult: Chocolate Recalls for March 22, 2014

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Chocolate Recalls for March 22, 2014

Sadly Spring starts here in the USA with some recalls involving chocolate. Remember to always look to the title links for the full information but also even if you aren't in the USA, if you have seen these brands or products in your own country, check with your authorities to see if they have issued similar recalls.

Fannie May Issues a Voluntary Recall of 89.08 Cases of 14.0 oz. Spring Wrapped Assorted Chocolate Box Due to Undeclared Peanuts

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - March 17, 2014 - Fannie May Confections Brands, Inc. (“Fannie May”) is recalling 89.08 cases of its 14.0 oz., rectangle box of spring wrapped assorted chocolates because the box includes one piece of candy that contains peanuts, a known allergen, and the food ingredient label on the box did not state that the product contained peanuts. Fannie May decided to recall the products after this was discovered during an internal review of product.

Individuals who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they come in contact with or consume this product.

The product being recalled is a 14.0 oz., rectangular gift box measuring 9 1/2” by 7” in size that contains 24 pieces of assorted chocolates including one caramel/peanut candy. The light purple with spring flowers-wrapped rectangular-shaped box contains an orange-striped band. In the center of the orange-striped band is a white rectangle with a picture of 5 chocolate pieces and the name “Fannie May”, product type “Assorted Chocolates”, and product description “rich dark & milk chocolates & pastels with an assortment of decadent fillings” in brown lettering on the band around the box. Also, the front-bottom of the orange-striped band states “NET WT. 14 OZ. (396g)”. The back of the box has a full nutritional label which also states: “This product has been produced on equipment shared with peanuts, tree nuts, soybeans, milk, eggs and wheat”.

The item is identified as SKU #75032 with the UPC number on the label of 0 52745 72804 6. Lot information on this product is 14058 or 14059.

The box of candy's front cover looks like this:

With this back cover:

Fannie May Confections Brands, Inc. determined that the 89.08 cases of chocolates were available for sale beginning March 3 in specific retailers in seven (7) states: Michigan, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin and Arizona. Retailers that sold the product include, but are not limited to, Walgreens, Hallmark Gift Shops, CVS and other independent retailers.

To date there has been no incidences, nor have there been any reported illnesses.

This voluntary recall does not affect any other products from Fannie May Chocolates.

Consumers that have purchased the Fannie May 14.0 oz. rectangular spring box of assorted chocolates are urged to dispose of the product.

Fannie May is working in cooperation with the FDA. Information on the product recall can be found on the home page of the Company’s website located at: Consumers with questions may contact a dedicated customer service representative at the Company by dialing 330-494-0833 Extension 193, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. EST or email

Simply Natural Foods, LLC Issues Allergy Alert for High Levels of Milk Protein in Simply Lite Dark Chocolate Bars

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - March 17, 2014 - Simply Natural Foods, LLC of Commack, N.Y., is voluntarily recalling its 85g (3oz) Simply Lite Dark Chocolate Bar, because FDA testing indicated that bars from certain lots contained high levels of milk protein, while the label of the product stated that it may contain traces of milk. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk protein may risk serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

Simply Lite Dark Chocolate Bar was distributed in Indiana, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, California, Washington, New York and Florida for sale to consumers in retail stores.

The product is packaged in plastic foil packaging containing 85gms (3oz) of dark chocolate with the product name of “Simply Lite Dark Chocolate,” with the lot numbers 01182015A and 01192015A. Both regular and sugar free versions seem to be in this recall if the photos on the USDA site are examples of the product but none of the bars that have added ingredients like almonds appear to be part of the recall but double check, Sisters and Brothers, to be safe!

No illnesses or injury of any sort have been reported to date and this recall is being initiated in an excess of caution

This voluntary recall was initiated after it was discovered that the Simply Lite Dark Chocolate Bar was distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of high levels of milk protein. The current packaging states that “The product may contain traces of milk,” wherein greater levels, in excess of trace amounts, of the milk protein have been discovered through analytical testing. Subsequent investigation indicates the problem was caused by a source of chocolate having greater than trace amounts.

Consumers who have purchased Simply Lite Dark Chocolate Bars from the affected lots are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company toll free at 1-866-923-1549, Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, ET.

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