Sunday, February 1, 2009

Zachary Confections, Inc. Announces Nationwide Recall due to Possible Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) Contamination and Possible Health Risk

Zachary Confections, Inc. Announces Nationwide Recall of Double Dipped Peanuts, Chocolate Peanuts, Bridge Mix, Caramel Nut Clusters, and Peanut Clusters due to Possible Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) Contamination and Possible Health Risk

Zachary Confections, Inc., today announced a voluntary nationwide recall of its Double Dipped Peanuts, Chocolate Peanuts, Bridge Mix, Caramel Nut Clusters, and Peanut Clusters because the product contains roasted whole peanuts which were produced by Peanut Corporation of America (PCA), which is the focus of a widening Salmonella investigation by the United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

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.

The product descriptions, SKU/UPC numbers, and Lot Numbers for the recalled products are listed below. The Lot Numbers can be found printed on the bag, box, tub or bulk case label. The recalled products have been distributed nationwide to retail stores.
The following products are being recalled:

Product/Brand

SKU/UPC

Lot Number

Double Dipped Peanuts

Zachary Double Dipped Peanuts Bulk – 30 Lbs.

05-748/ 10075186057480

E8102C; E8210C

Zachary Chocolate Double Dipped Peanuts – 30 Lb.

05-648/ 10075186056483

F8204D

Zachary Double Dipped Peanuts Bagged– 12/ 8 oz.

05-801/ 0-7518605801-5

N9251D; O9251D

Meijer Double Dipped Peanuts Bagged – 48/ 5 oz.

04-845/ 0-4125004845-9

E8202B; E8209B

Zachary Double Dipped Peanuts Acetate Tub – 12/ 16 oz.

09-301/ 7-6523209301-4

M9151B; E8110F

Chocolate Peanuts

Zachary Chocolate Peanuts Boxed – 12/ 4.8 oz.

31-341/ 0-7518616341-2

P8104B; P8204B; P8102F; P8203D; P8205C; P8202D; P8206C; P8206B; P8207E

Bridge Mix

Zachary Chocolate Bridge Mix Bulk – 30 Lbs.

05-403/ 10075186054038

T8207D; T8107E; T8107D; T8207C; T8207F; T8107F; T8203C;T8207E; T8103C
U9150D; U9150E; U9250D

Zachary Chocolate Bridge Mix Acetate Tub – 12/ 16 oz.

09-303/ 7-6523209303-8

M9150E

Zachary Chocolate Bridge Mix Bagged - 12/ 8 oz.

05-803/ 0-7518605803-9

O9151D

Zachary Chocolate Bridge Mix Bagged – 12/ 5 oz.

05-503/ 0-7518605503-8

O8206C; O8204D

Caramel Nut Clusters

Meijer Caramel Nut Clusters Bagged – 48/ 5 oz.

05-311/ 0-4125005311-8

E8202F; F8101C

Peanut Clusters

Zachary Chocolate Peanut Clusters Bulk – 23 Lbs.

05-749/ 10075186057497

E8204D; C8107C; C8207C;E8104D

Assorted Chocolates

Zachary Fine Assorted Boxed Chocolates – 6/ 40 oz.

05-942/ 0-7518605942-5

H8106C; H8107F; H8107D; H8107C; H8107E

Party Trays

Zachary Chocolate Party Trays – 12/ 32 oz.

05-461/ 0-7518605461-1

L8106E

No other Zachary Confections products are involved in this recall.

Zachary Confections initiated the voluntary recall immediately in response to an 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. Zachary Confections used whole roasted peanuts from PCA for the products listed above.

Zachary Confections has not received any consumer illness complaints associated with its products. Products manufactured by Zachary Confections have not been linked to the nationwide Salmonella outbreak. As part of its priority to ensure the safety and quality of all of its products, Zachary Confections is issuing the voluntary recall.

“We are dedicated to manufacturing wholesome products for our customers,” said Patrick Zachary, President of Zachary Confections. “Consistent with that dedication, we are taking this voluntary action.”

Consumers who have purchased the recalled products should destroy or return them to the store where they were purchased. Anyone requiring more information should contact Zachary Confections Customer Service at (765) 654-8356 between the hours of 8:00am and 4:30pm EST.

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