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Madelaine Chocolate Novelties, Inc. Voluntarily Recalls All Panned Chocolate Items Containing Whole Peanuts Because Of Possible Health Risk

Scott Wright
1-800-322-1505; swright@madelainechocolate.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Rockaway Beach, New York, February 5, 2009 -- On January 28, 2009, the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA), which is the subject of an investigation by the FDA into a Salmonella outbreak at its Blakely, Georgia facility, expanded its initial voluntary recall to include whole, dry roasted peanuts purchased from PCA from January 1, 2007 through the date of the PCA recall in 2009.  In the wake of PCA’s expanded recall, Madelaine Chocolate Novelties, Inc. ofRockaway Beach, New York is voluntarily recalling all lots of all panned chocolate items containing whole peanuts purchased from PCA since January 1, 2007 because the products have a potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

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.

The items subject to this recall all contain whole, roasted peanuts covered in chocolate, including bridge mix containing chocolate covered peanuts.  The chocolate may be milk, dark, milk no sugar added or dark no sugar added.  The items can be in any packaging configuration from bulk to retail packages.  In some cases, consumers may have purchased recalled items from a retailer selling those items under a private label.

Madelaine distributes its products primarily through wholesalers and distributors throughout the United States and in foreign markets including Mexico, Canada, Europe, and Asia under the Madelaine brand as well as under a number of private labels. 

The specific items affected by the recall, all of which would have been purchased between January 1, 2007 and February 3, 2009, are as follows:

71031005274507103 307103-BRIDGE MIX  10 LBS   
71041000060951054 207104-NSA MILK CHOC PEANUTS 10 LBS
F5100    1000060951000 6CHOCOLATE PEANUTS 10 LBS           
F5100HM  1000060951000 6HAMILTON CHOC PEANUTS  25 LBS      
F5100U   1000060951000 6CHOCOLATE PEANUTS-ULTRA  10 LBS     
F5101    1000060951010 5DARK CHOCOLATE PEANUTS  10 LBS     
F5104    1000060951040 2NSA-MILK CHOC PEANUTS  10 LBS      
F59940   1000060959940 7NSA-BRIDGE MIX  10 LBS             
F59943   1000060959943 18 OZ.NSA-BRIDGE MIX GIFT BAG 
F59945   1000060959945 53 OZ.NSA BRIDGE MIX SNACK BOX
F5999    1000060959990 2PREMIUM BRIDGE MIX  10 LBS        
F59991   1000060959991 212 OZ.PREMIUM BRIDGE MIX G/BOX
F59993   1000060959993 68 OZ.PREMIUM BRIDGE MIX BAG  
F59995   1000060959995 03 OZ.PREMIUM BRIDGE MIX-SNACK
F5999MF  1000060959990 2HAMILTON BRIDGE MIX  25 LBS
F5999SPU 1000060959990 2BRIDGE MIX/25 LBS-ULTRA  25 LBS   
F5999U   1000060959990 2BRIDGE MIX-ULTRA  10 LBS        

This recall does not include any Madelaine items filled with peanut butter as we receive our peanut butter from sources other than PCA nor does it include any other of Madelaine’s products. 

New product manufactured from peanuts from a new vendor will carry a key date that will be AFTER 069C, which represents February 4, 2009, the sixth week of the year 2009, the third day of the week. 

Madelaine tests lot samples of all its products for Salmonella, including all its peanut products, and none of the peanut products affected by this recall has tested positive for Salmonella.  No illnesses have been reported to date.

Madelaine is working closely with the National Confectioners’ Association to respond to developments in the wake of PCA’s expanded recall.

Consumers who have purchased the recalled products are urged to destroy them. Consumers with questions may contact Madelaine at 1-800-322-1505 between the hours of 7:00 AM and 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time.


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