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Mecca N.Y. Inc. Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Hazelnuts and Milk in "Kinder Happy Hippo" (Chocolate Candy)

Mecca N.Y., Inc.
(718) 267-8506

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- September 29, 2004 -- Bronx, NY -- Mecca N.Y., Inc of Bronx, New York is recalling 10 dozens of the chocolate candy with the brand name "Kinder Happy Hippo", because it may contain undeclared milk and hazelnuts. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk and hazelnuts run the risk of serious or life threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

"KINDER HAPPY HIPPO" was distributed in New York State in the Manhattan areas through deli grocery stores.

The product comes in a light brown/chocolate colored box that weighs 4 oz. and the product is designed into the shape of a hippo. The brand name of the product is "Kinder Happy Hippo" and comes only in a chocolate flavor.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

The recall was initiated after routine sampling by a New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets inspector and by analysis by the food laboratory which revealed the presence of milk proteins and hazelnuts in this product which packaging did not reveal the presence of these allergens (milk and hazelnuts).

Consumers may contact the company at Tel. # (718) 267-8506 for any questions and actions to be taken with the product and where they can get additional information.


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