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Brach's Confections, Inc. Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Almonds in Sam's Choice Belgian Milk Chocolate Bars

Contact:
Julie Daniels
972-930-3770

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- March 21, 2006 -- Brach's Confections, Inc. of Dallas, Texas is recalling a limited production lot of Sam's Choice Belgian Milk Chocolate Bars, because they may contain undeclared almonds. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to almonds run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

Sam's Choice Belgian Milk Chocolate Bars are distributed by Wal-Mart stores nationwide.

The Sam's Choice Belgian Milk Chocolate bar is a 7 ounce (200 gram) bar wrapped in a purple paper outer wrap. The upper right corner of the back panel of the bar displays a "Best By:" marker featuring code D2551A2 December 20, 2006.

No illnesses have been reported.

The recall was initiated after it was discovered that product containing almonds was distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of almonds. Subsequent investigation indicates the problem was caused by an isolated, temporary breakdown in the company's production and packaging processes.

Consumers who have purchased a Sam's Choice Belgian Milk Chocolate Bar with this code date are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-283-6303.

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