Wednesday, February 4, 2009

GKI Foods Inc. Expands Nationwide Recall of Peanut-Containing Candies Because of Possible Health Risk

GKI Foods Inc. of Brighton, MI is expanding its February 2, 2009 recall to include an additional candy product containing peanuts, because it too has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

Our products have been distributed in bulk nationwide through retailers, wholesalers and firms who repack or sell our products under their own brand names.

The following product is being added to our recall: Milk Free NSA Carob Fruit and Nut Clusters, net wt. 10 pounds, Country Life Natural Foods, Pullman, MI; UPC 1264716010.

No illnesses, associated with our products, have been reported to date.

GKI is recalling all of our peanut based products due to the expanded recall by Peanut Corp of America that included peanut types purchased by GKI Foods Inc.

GKI Foods Inc. has had no reports of any illnesses with any of our products to date.

To assist our customers in distinguishing recalled product from replacement product, GKI Foods Inc. is changing the color of our labels. Recalled product labels are black print on a white background. Replacement product labels will be black print on a blue background.

Customers who have purchased peanut related products from GKI may destroy the product or contact GKI for further direction at 248-486-0055 M-F between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST.

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