A milk powder produced by Valley Milk products and used in an ingredient in various holiday confections has triggered two separate food safety recalls involving Hostess Twinkies and Palmer Candy Company chocolates over potential Salmonella contamination.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that Hostess Brands LLC is voluntarily recalling its Holdiay White Peppermint Hostess Twinkies because the confectionary coating used on the products contains milk powder made by Valley Milk Products that is potentially contaminated with Salmonella bacteria.
This Hostess recall applies only to the White Peppermint Hostess Twinkies (UPC 888109111571), which were only sold in multipack boxes of nine individually wrapped cakes. The recalled Twinkies were sold to mass merchandisers, grocery stores, distributors, dollar and discount stores, and convenience stores throughout the United States. The recall does not affect any other Hostess products.
The other recall involves about two dozen Palmer Candy products containing the potentially contaminated powdered milk supplied to the company in a compound chocolate coating. The voluntary recall affects selected products manufactured between Oct. 20, 2016, and Dec. 9, 2016.
Affected products include a variety of candy products sold to retailers under the Palmer brand, private label chocolates for retail distribution, and bulk products provided to retailers for repackaging.
Testing in both the Hostess and Palmers products turned up no signs of Salmonella, but both companies said there is a potential for the affected products to be contaminated and that they are recalling the products out of an abundance of caution.
Eating foods contaminated with Salmonella 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, Salmonella infection with 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 U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates the Salmonella infects 1.2 million people in the U.S. each year, resulting in about 450 deaths.
Consumers who purchased any of the products covered by these recalls are advised to refrain from eating them and return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.
Hostess consumers with questions may contact 800-483-7253 Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Central.
Palmer customers who purchased any of the products listed below may call a customer service representative between 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Central Standard Time at 712-258-5543.
Recalled products include the following:
|UPC #||Affected Items Purchased By Consumers||Expiration Range|
|77232-17250||Palmer Candy Chocolate Almond Bark 9 oz.||4/26/2017 – 6/7/2017|
|77232-17137||Palmer Candy Christmas Tree Pretzels 7 oz.||7/27/2017 – 8/3/2017|
|77232-16310||Palmer Candy Christmas Tree Pretzels 7 oz.||7/24/2017 – 7/27/2017|
|77232-17254||Palmer Candy Cookies & Cream Bark 9 oz.||7/17/2017 – 9/2/2017|
|77232-16043||Palmer Candy Crème De Menthe Bark 9 oz.||8/7/2017 – 8/7/2017|
|77232-17255||Palmer Candy Crème De Menthe Bark 9 oz.||7/26/2017 – 8/7/2017|
|77232-17002||Palmer Candy Drizzled Peanut Brittle 8 oz.||4/30/2017 – 5/22/2017|
|77232-17291||Palmer Candy Game Day Party Bowl 16 oz.||7/18/2017 – 7/18/2017|
|77232-17285||Palmer Candy Holiday Gift Bowl 22 oz.||4/18/2017 -5/1/2017|
|77232-23045||Palmer Candy Holiday Treats 16.5 oz.||4/25/2017 – 5/14/2017|
|77232-17270||Palmer Candy Peppermint Bark 9 oz.||7/15/2017 – 8/29/2017|
|77232-16309||Palmer Candy Peppermint Bark 8/9 oz.||7/24/2017 – 7/28/2017|
|77232-16042||Palmer Candy Peppermint Bark 12/9 oz.||7/17/2017 – 7/17/2017|
|77232-13990||Palmer Candy Swirled Pretzels 5 oz.||8/30/2017 – 9/`7/2017|
|77232-13227||Bakery Delights Christmas Tree Pretzels 5 oz.||7/18/2017 – 8/3/2017|
|25439-20204||Delhaize Peppermint Pretzels 5 oz.||7/28/2017 – 8/3/2017|
|X000FMRA8J||Trail’s End Chocolatey Caramel Crunch 18 oz.||7/29/2017 – 8/8/2017|
|41415-22691||Publix Almond Bark with Cocoa 10 oz.||4/26/2017 – 5/23/2017|
|41415-23091||Publix Peppermint Bark 10 oz.||8/3/2017 – 8/7/2017|
|77232-02580||Palmer Candy 3 Part Christmas Bowl 15 oz.||4/12/2017 – 5/28/2017|
|77232-12147||Palmer Candy Mixed Peppermint Pretzel 7 oz.||7/18/2017 – 7/27/2017|
|77232-12146||Palmer Candy Peppermint Bark 8 oz.||7/12/2017 – 7/28/2017|