Friday, October 10, 2008

In Specific U.S. Markets, Russell Stover Candies, Inc. Issues Hazelnut Allergy Alert for the 2 7/8 Oz Size Of Private Reserve Assorted Chocolates

In specific U.S. markets (below), Russell Stover Candies, Inc., is recalling one lot code of its 2 7/8 oz size of Private Reserve Assorted Chocolates because one piece of candy in the assortment may contain undeclared hazelnuts due to a labeling error. Consumers allergic to hazelnuts run the risk of a serious allergic reaction if they consume this piece of candy. No incidents of illness or allergic reaction have been reported.

The recalled product was distributed in the following states and cities: Texas, California, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee; Southaven, Mississippi; Billings, Montana; Sparks, Nevada; and Madison Heights, Michigan. An investigation determined 29 boxes of this candy may have been purchased by consumers, and up to another 188 boxes may have reached retail store locations. All the retail stores have been contacted to have the suspected product removed from the shelves.

The candy containing the hazelnuts comes in a box with a red lid and gold border. The box is held closed by a gold cord tied in a bow. A label on the bottom right corner of the box identifies it as "Assorted Chocolates, Net Weight 2 7/8 oz." The side of the box is marked "01JUL09 N0349." Only product with the "N0349" lot code is affected.

The recall was initiated after discovering some of this product was manufactured with an incorrect bottom label, which does not list hazelnuts as an ingredient. The box contains six pieces of candy, but only one of them is covered in white chocolate, which is the piece that contains the hazelnuts.

Consumers who have purchased 2 7/8 oz packages of Russell Stover Private Reserve Assorted Chocolates, with the lot code ending in "N0349" are urged not to consume the white chocolate piece if they are allergic to hazelnuts. Consumers with questions may contact Russell Stover Candies at 866-410-9490.

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