Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Landies Candies Co. Inc Expands Voluntary Recall to Include Select Organic Peanut Clusters Due to Possible Health Risk

Landies Candies expands its 1/21/09 voluntary recall to include select chocolate products containing organic peanuts because the products have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. FDA and other regulatory agencies have indicated that Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) is the focus of an investigation concerning a recent Salmonella outbreak thought to be caused by tainted peanut butter. As a result of the investigation, PCA has recalled numerous lots of suspect peanut butter, peanut paste, and other peanut products. PCA is one of Landies peanut suppliers. This recall is a result of the PCA expanded recall of 1/28/09.

Salmonella is 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. For more information on Salmonella, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Website at http://www.cdc.gov.

Landies Candies is recalling chocolate products containing organic peanuts which have been recalled by PCA.

The products below have been distributed within New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, and Virginia.

Products affected by the recall are as follows:

ITEM DESCRIPTION:

* Landies Organic Milk Chocolate peanut clusters 8 oz package, UPC # 01306550176, sold from 1-01-07 thru 1-30-09;
* Landies Organic Milk Chocolate peanut clusters 4 oz package, UPC # 01306550074, sold from 1-01-07 thru 1-30-09;
* Landies Organic Dark Chocolate peanut clusters 8 oz package, UPC # 01306550178, sold from 1-01-07 thru 1-30-09;
* Landies Organic Dark Chocolate peanut clusters 4 oz packages UPC # 01306550177, sold from 1-01-07 thru 1-30-09;
* Landies Organic Milk Chocolate peanut clusters in bulk form sold from 1-01-07 thru 1-30-09;
* Landies Organic Dark Chocolate peanut clusters in bulk form sold from 1-01-07 thru 1-30-09.

The company has not received any consumer illness complaints about these products.

“Landies Candies apologizes for any inconvenience this opposes on you and your customers“. Landies Candies product quality and consumer safety have been our top priority for over 23 years and our decision today reflects that tradition.

Consumers who have purchased the recalled products are urged to destroy them. Consumers with questions or who would like a refund may contact Landies Candies Consumer Affairs Department at 1-800-955-2634 between the hours of 8:00 am – 3:00 pm Monday – Friday EST.

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