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Colonial Cookies Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Macadamia Nuts in Packages of Essensia Milk Chocolate Chunk Cookies


Contact: Laura Power
1-800-265-6508, ext. 227


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Kitchener, Ontario, Canada -- May 11, 2004 -- Colonial Cookies is voluntarily recalling a limited quantity of 7.2 oz. Essensia Milk Chocolate Chunk Cookies. These cookies contain undeclared macadamia nuts. People who have an allergy to macadamia nuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. The products in the recall do not declare macadamia nuts in the ingredient statement. Essensia White Chocolate Chunk Macadamia Cookies were packed in Essensia Milk Chocolate Chunk Cookie packaging with package code date of Best If Used By 08 13 04 E . These packages were shipped in Essensia White Chocolate Chunk Macadamia Cookies cases (case code Best If Used By 08 13 04 E).

Product Information:

Product: Essensia Milk Chocolate Chunk Cookies 7.2 oz. (UPC 41163-55285) with Essensia White Chocolate Chunk Macadamia Cookies in the package.

Shipping Case Code Number: Shipped in Essensia White Chocolate Chunk Macadamia Cookie cases (41163-55267).

Manufacturing Package and Case Code Date: Best If Used By 08 13 04 E

No other Essensia products are involved.

No allergic reactions have been reported. This product was distributed in Albertsons, Inc. stores throughout the following states: Arizona, California, Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas and Washington.

The recall was initiated after it was discovered that the macadamia nut containing product was distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of macadamia nuts. Subsequent investigation indicates that the problem was caused by a temporary breakdown in the company's production and packaging processes. The problem has now been corrected, and current production runs are accurately labeled.

Consumers who have purchased the above Essensia Cookies should return the product back to the store for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Laura Power at 1-800-265-6508, ext. 227.


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