Potentially Contaminated Powdered Milk Triggers Recall of Hostess Twinkies and Palmer Candy Products

Recall Twinkies Hostess white peppermint 301x210 Potentially Contaminated Powdered Milk Triggers Recall of Hostess Twinkies and Palmer Candy ProductsA 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

U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Hostess recall
U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Palmer Candy Company recall