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Easter candy recall: Chocolate eggs may contain salmonella

Easter candy recall involves cases of Zachary Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Eggs sold in five states. No illnesses have been reported as a result of the Easter candy recall.

By Schuyler VelascoStaff writer / March 1, 2013

Out of an abundance of caution, Zachary Confections is recalling lots of chocolate covered marshmallow Easter eggs because of possible salmonella contamination. The Easter candy recall applies to five states.

Courtesy of Food and Drug Administration

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The FDA has announced an Easter candy recall of certain lots of Zachary Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Eggs in five states that may be contaminated with salmonella.

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The marshmallow eggs were manufactured by Zachary Confections, of Frankfurt, Ind., which makes chocolates, candy corn, and jelly beans, among other candies. So far, no illnesses have been reported as a result of the recall. No other Zachary products are affected.

The recall was initiated  “in response to a test result indicating the potential for Salmonella contamination in a sample taken during routine post-production testing from one of the production lots of product that is the subject of this recall,” a statement on the Food and Drug Administration’s recalls page reads. “Out of an abundance of caution, Zachary Confections is recalling all lots of product that may have been affected.”

The marshmallow eggs were manufactured on Feb. 20 and Feb. 21, 2013, and were shipped to retailers in Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Production of the marshmallow eggs have been suspended while the company and the FDA investigate the source of the problem.

The recalled Ester candy is packaged in white egg crates with green, purple, and yellow lettering and has a “Best Buy” date of Feb. 14, 2014.  Affected batches can also be identified by the Code Dates and the Unit UPC label, both of which are located on the side panel of the package next to the Best Buy date.

Look for the following Code Dates: D3245D; D3145E; F3145E; or D3245E

Or look for the following Unit UPC bar code label: 0 75186 15797 8

Customers who have purchased the recalled candy should destroy it or return it to the store. For more information, visit the FDA alert for the recall here or call Zachary Confections Customer Service at 765 654-8356 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. EST.

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