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Recall -- Firm Press Release


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Candies Tolteca Recalls Two flavors of Peanut Snacks Because of Possible Health Risk


Candies Tolteca
(559) 266-9193


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- March 25, 2009 -- CANDIES TOLTECA of Fresno, California is recalling 4 oz. CACAHUATE C/CHILE; 4 oz CACAHUATE C/SAL Y LIMON; AND 7 oz CACAHUATE CON CHILE because 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.

Cacahuate C/Chile and Cacahuate c/Sal y Limon were distributed in California and Nevada through Independent Distributors who in turn, distributed and sold to many retail stores, including Supermarkets, Gas Stations and Convenient Stores.

The products come in either a 4 ounce, clear plastic package with UPC Code 70492750518 labeled Cacahuate C/Chile (Spanish for Peanuts with Chile), a 4 ounce, clear plastic package with UPC Code 70492750517 labeled Cacahuate C/Sal y Limon (Spanish for Peanuts with Salt & Lemon) or a 7 ounce, clear plastic package with UPC Code 70492750525 labeled Cacahuate con Chile (Spanish for Peanut with Chile). The label states Candies Tolteca Co. Mexican Candies and is  bright yellow with a bright orange border.  The logo on the left side of the label is of a Toltec character holding an object in his left hand.  

"No illnesses have been reported to date."

The company has been working and will continue to work with the Independent Distributors to remove all possible contaminated Cacahuate c/Chile and Cacahuate c/Sal y Limon from store shelves.  It has terminated its business relationship with Peanut Corporation of California and now longer has any of their products in stock.  New fresh Peanut products are being used in production and the label is marked with a “9”  on the back panel of label, as to not cause any confusion with the older possible contaminated product. 

Consumers with questions may contact the company at (559) 266-9193;  9:00am-  3:00pm Pacific Time, Monday – Friday. 


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