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Totally Nuts Recalls Hiller's Brand No Sugar Added Chocolate Peanuts Sold at Hiller’s Markets in the Detroit Metro Area Because of Possible Health Risk
Jean E.C. Merckel
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- March 19, 2009 -- Totally Nuts of Westland, MI is recalling no sugar added chocolate peanuts, packaged under the Hiller’s name, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, 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.
The product was sold at retail in Hiller’s Market stores in the Detroit Metropolitan area of Michigan.
The product is labeled as Hiller’s No Sugar Added Chocolate Peanuts, net wt 12 oz., Packaged by Totally Nuts, Westland, MI, UPC 0939376012. The lot number is a six digit number on the back of the package, and any package with a lot number beginning with “07” or “08” is under recall.
Totally Nuts has received no complaints of illness to date and the product has been pulled from store shelves by Hiller’s.
Totally Nuts was informed that the peanuts used to make this product have been recalled by the Peanut Corporation of America.
Any person who has purchased the product is urged to destroy them, or to return them to their Hiller’s Market store for a refund. Consumers with questions may contact the Totally Nuts at 734-458-2629 during normal business hours. More information on peanut related products being recalled is available on the website www.michigan.gov/mda.