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Blanton's Candies Recalls Peanut Butter Sticks Because of Possible Health Risk


Blanton's Candies
(423) 337-3487


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- January 21, 2009 -- Blanton's Candies of Sweetwater, TN is recalling approximately 1,400 pounds of Blanton's Peanut Butter Sticks packaged in 8 ounce cellophane bags, because the peanut butter in the candy was 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 Butter Sticks were distributed in Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Virginia, North Carolina, and Florida through retail stores.

The peanut butter sticks are packaged in 8 ounce cellophane bags labeled in part: “Blanton's Homemade Candy, Sweetwater, TN 423-337-3487. There is no coding or use by date on the container.

No Illnesses have been reported to date.

The recall was initiated when Blanton's Candies was notified that Peanut Corporation of America was recalling the peanut butter used to manufacture the peanut butter sticks. Blanton's Candies has ceased the production and distribution of the product.

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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