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Hy-Vee Recalls Candy Trays Over Potentially Contaminated Chocolate Products

Recall candy tray Salmonella Hy Vee1 269x210 Hy Vee Recalls Candy Trays Over Potentially Contaminated Chocolate ProductsThe Hy-Vee chain of Midwestern grocery stores is recalling several candy trays it produced under the Hy-Vee brand using chocolate supplied by the Palmer Candy Company, which was recalled earlier in the week due to potential Salmonella contamination.

The Hy-Vee recall, announced by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the company Jan. 12, stems from the use of milk powder produced by Valley Milk Products LLC. The potentially contaminated powdered milk was used by Palmer as an ingredient in a compound chocolate coating for its candy products, which it supplied to grocery, convenience store, and wholesalers nationwide for repackaging.

The recalled candy trays were distributed to all of Hy-Vee’s 242 grocery stores in Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska, Minnesota, Missouri, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. The products come in a plastic container with a clear lid with a product label printed with a sell-by date range of Jan. 26, 2017, to Feb. 23, 2017.

The powdered milk was also the basis for a Jan. 9 recall of White Peppermint Hostess Twinkies. Hostess covered the recalled Twinkies with a candy coating made by the Blommer Chocolate Company, which contained the same powdered milk made by Valley Milk Products.

Salmonella is an organism that 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, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more sever illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis, and arthritis.

Consumers are advised not to consume the recalled products and to dispose of them or return them to a Hy-Vee store for a refund.

Questions about the recall may be directed to a Hy-Vee Customer Care representative 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at 800-772-4098.

The following is a complete list of all the Hy-Vee products covered by the recall:

Description UPC
Chocolate Almond Bark, 4 oz. 026133400000
Chocolate Almond Bark, 12 oz. 026133300000
Chocolate Almond Pretzels, 4 oz. 026131900000
Chocolate Almond Pretzels, 12 oz. 026131800000
Crème De Menthe Almond Bark, 12 oz. 026266300000
Dazzled Peanut Brittle, 12 oz. 026267400000
Dazzled Peanut Brittle Tub, 8 oz. 026267300000
Holiday Candy Tray, 10”, 16 oz. 026139100000
Holiday Candy Tray, 12”, 32 oz. 026139300000
Holiday Candy Tray, 16”, 48 oz. 026139500000
Holiday Candy Tray, 18”, 64 oz. 026139700000
Peppermint Bark, 4 oz. 026133800000
Peppermint Bark, 12 oz. 026133700000
Peppermint Bark Tub, 9 oz. 026267900000
9” Candy Tray, 16 oz. 026138000000
12” Candy Tray, 32 oz. 026138100000
16” Candy Tray, 48 oz. 026138200000
9” Cookie & Candy Tray, 16 oz. 026138600000
12” Cookie & Candy Tray, 32 oz. 026138700000
16” Cookie & Candy Tray, 48 oz. 026138800000

Sources:
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