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Recall/Market Withdrawal -- Firm/State Press Release

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Blanton's Candies Recalls Peanut Brittle and Sugar Free Peanut Brittle Because of Possible Health Risk

(423) 337-3487

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE --Sweetwater, TN -- February 12, 2009 --- Blanton's Candies of Sweetwater, TN is recalling approximately 195 pounds of Blanton's Peanut Brittle and Blanton's Sugar Free Peanut brittle packaged in 4  and 8 oz ounce cellophane bags, because the peanuts in the candy were supplied by the Peanut Corporation of America and it has 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 Peanut Brittle was distributed to seven customers in Tennessee, Florida and Georgia from 01/01/2009 – 01/30/2009.  There is no coding or use by date on the container.

Blanton's Candies has not received notice of any consumer illness associated with its products.  However, we are taking precautionary steps by removing this product from the market. 

This recall is limited to only peanut brittle distributed between 01/01/2009 – 01/30/2009.  Blanton's Candies discontinued manufacturing Peanut Brittle using peanuts from the Peanut Corporation of America on 01/30/2009.  Peanut brittle distributed after 02/09/2009 contains peanuts from another source.

Consumers that have this product should not consume it.  They should discard the candy but may take the packaging back to the location of purchase for a full refund.  Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-423-337-3487


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