The Chocolate Cult: Post Valentine's Day Chocolate Recalls

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Post Valentine's Day Chocolate Recalls

I hope your Valentine's Day (if you celebrated) was full of wonderful chocolate or that you took advantage of the post holiday sales to stock up. Sadly, I must sad a recall with you.

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Hidden Almonds in Chocopies

Lotte Int’l America Corp is recalling its 11.85-ounce packages of “Chocopie” manufactured by Lotte Confectionery Co. Ltd. Korea because of findings of small amount of almond in the product and packaging shows the “manufactured in a facility that also processes peanut & almond”.

Since Lotte Int’l America Corp. is very well aware of the severe consequences of allergic (sic) reaction to almonds, we voluntarily initiated recall procedure right after discovery of the problem. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity specific to peanut and almonds run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume products containing the allergen. The recalled “Chocopie” were distributed nationwide in retail stores and online stores. The recalled “Chocopie” product varies in three different packages & expiration dates.

This is to inform you of a product recall involving:

Chocopie Original 12pk (Exp: 06/23/2020) comes in a 11.85-ounce, plastics wrap package within a paper carton package marked with UPC code #8801062160709 on the side and with an expiration date of 06/23/20 stamped on the side. 



Chocopie Banana 12pk (Exp: 04/11/2020) comes in a 11.85-ounce, package marked with UPC code #845502061407 on the side and with an expiration date of 04/11/20 stamped on the side. 



Chocopie Cacao 12pk (Exp: 04/23/2020) comes in a 11.85-ounce, package marked with UPC code #8801062475148 on the side and with an expiration date of 04/23/20 stamped on the side.



The company are (sic) certain that the problem has been corrected and no illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

LOTTE Int’l America Corp is working fully in partnership with FDA to fully investigate the matter and comply with all necessary recall procedures. The Company is also taking the necessary steps to address this issue and apologizes for any inconvenience caused by this product issue.

Consumers who have purchased 11.85-ounce packages of " Chocopie Original, Banana, Cacao flavors" with expiration dates specified above are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-213-688-8806 (Monday – Friday 8:00am to 5:00 pm PST).

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Butlers Chocolates Recall

Gourmet International and Butlers Chocolates UC    are recalling approximately 1900 units of the IRISH WHISKEY DARK CHOCOLATE 3.5OZ TABLET BAR because it may contain undeclared milk. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of serious allergic reaction or illness if they consume these products.

Approximately 1900 bars were distributed to a limited number of specialty food stores throughout the US (CA, CT, IN, IL, MD, MI, MN, MO, NJ, NY OH, PA, Ri, TX, WA, WI) and were available to consumers thru retail locations.

The product has the lot code 101048778 and the expiry date 08/16/2020. THE UPC IS 8-44984-17619-7

It is presented in a cream colored wrapper, measuring 6” x 3” x 3.8” and bearing the description IRISH WHISKEY – DARK CHOCOLATE WITH IRISH WHISKEY

No illnesses have been reported to date due to this occurrence.

The recall was initiated after FDA testing found high levels of milk present in the product and milk is not a listed ingredient of the product. Distribution of the product has been suspended until such time as source of the milk is determined and appropriate steps to address this issue have been taken.

Consumers who have purchased the Butlers Dark Chocolate Irish Whiskey bar may return to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers that have a milk allergy or individuals sensitive to milk products should not consume this product. Consumers with questions may contact either Gourmet International or Butlers Chocolates at the contact info below:

GOURMET INTERNATIONAL
PATTERSON AVENUE SE
GRAND RAPIDS, MI 49512
(Importer and Distributor)
Contact: Gayle Beld/Skye Parent
1-800-875-5557 ext 729 or 757
Gayle.Beld@Gourmetint.com
Skye.Parent@Gourmetint.com
HRS 8:30-5:30 EST

BUTLERS CHOCOLATES UC 5352
CLONSHAUGH BUSINESS PARK
DUBLIN 17, IRELAND
(Manufacturer)
Contact: KATIE BYRNE
T: +353 (1) 671-0599
katie.byrne@butlers.ie
HRS – 9:00-530 GMT ( EST + 5 HRS)

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