Thursday, February 5, 2009

Palmer Candy Company Announces A Nationwide Voluntary Recall of French Burnt Peanut and Boston Baked Bean Products Because of Possible Health Risk

Palmer Candy Company, is voluntarily recalling the following items because it has the potential to contain salmonella:

Palmer Candy -- French Burnt Peanuts -- 15 oz Bags -- UPC 77232-15070
Palmer Selects -- French Burnt Peanuts -- 4 oz Bags -- UPC 77232-56290
HyVee -- French Burnt Peanuts -- 7.25 oz Bags -- UPC 75450-07490
Eagle Premium -- French Burnt Peanuts -- 3.5 oz Bags -- UPC 42625-00440
Shurfine -- French Burnt Peanuts -- 15 oz Bags -- UPC 11161-19431
Shurfine – Western Family French Burnt Peanuts-- 7 oz Bags -- UPC 15400-86451
Palmer Candy -- French Burnt Peanuts -- 21 lbs. Bulk Case -- Item Code 58470

This recall covers French Burnt Peanutsdisplaying "Best Before" dates prior to 10/01/09. The “Best Before” date is located on the back of the bag.

Palmer Candy -- Boston Baked Beans -- 15 oz Bags -- UPC 77232-15064
HyVee -- Boston Baked Beans -- 7.25 oz Bags -- UPC 75450-07489
Shurfine – Western Family -- Boston Baked Bean -- 7 oz Bags -- UPC 15400-86454
Palmer Candy -- Boston Baked Beans -- 25 lbs. Bulk Case -- Item Code 58365

This recall covers Boston Baked Beansdisplaying "Best Before" dates prior to 08/01/09. The “Best Before” date is located on the back of the bag.

These products were shipped nationwide to convenience store and grocery store accounts.

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.

The Palmer Candy Company initiated the voluntary recall in response to a recall issued by Primrose Candy, a supplier of the French Burnt Peanuts and Boston Baked Beans for Palmer Candy Company. Primrose Candy has indicated that they are included in the expanded recall by Peanut Corporation of America (PCA). PCA's expanded recall now includes all peanuts and peanut-related products from PCA's Blakely, Georgia, plant from January 2007 to present. The FDA is investigating an outbreak of Salmonella targeted at PCA's Blakely plant.

Palmer Candy has not received any consumer illness complaints associated with its products. However, it is taking precautionary steps, including removing the impacted products from retail store shelves and the entire distribution system. Consumers who have purchased the recalled products should return them to the store where they were purchased for a full refund. Consumers with additional questions may call 800-831-0828.

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