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Palmer Candy Company Announces Voluntary Recall of Blanched Salted Products Because of Possible Health Risk

Contact:
Palmer Candy Company
800-831-0828

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Sioux City, Iowa (February 2, 2009) – Palmer Candy Company, is voluntarily recalling the following items because it has the potential to contain salmonella:

Eagle Premium                                     
Salted Peanuts             
8.5 oz Bags  UPC 42625-00703
The only packages concerned have “Best Before” codes dates of 111608, 113008, and 121008.  The code date is shown on the back of the bag above the UPC code.

Casey’s General Store                         
Salted Peanuts                
5 oz Bags   UPC 98437-21002
The only packages concerned have “Best Before” codes dates of  121108 and 011009.  The code date is shown on the back of the bag above the UPC code.

These products were shipped to convenience stores in IA, NE, SD, MN, KA, MO,IL, WI, OK, AR, CO, WY,ND, TX

Salmonella is an organism which 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, infection with Salmonella 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. For more information on Salmonella, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Website at http://www.cdc.gov.

The Palmer Candy Company initiated the voluntary recall because this product used peanuts sourced from Peanut Corporation of America (PCA). PCA's expanded recall now includes all peanuts and peanut-related products from PCA's Blakely, Georgia, plant from January 2007 to present. The FDA is investigating an outbreak of Salmonella targeted at PCA's Blakely plant.

This product is unlikely to be found on the store shelf as can be seen from the Best Before dates above, all this product is already older and out of code. Never the less, on the chance that there could any product be left over or at a home, it was felt that a notice and recall was the appropriate step to take.

Palmer Candy has not received any consumer illness complaints associated with its products. However, it is taking precautionary steps, including removing the impacted products from retail store shelves and the entire distribution system.
Consumers who have purchased the recalled products should return them to the store where they were purchased for a full refund. Consumers with additional questions may call 800-831-0828.

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