Hy-Vee issues recall of multiple candy products

Published 9:36 am Friday, January 13, 2017

Hy-Vee Inc., based in West Des Moines, Iowa, is voluntarily recalling several candy trays because they have the potential to be contaminated with salmonella. The potential for contamination was brought to Hy-Vee’s attention when Palmer Candy Company announced a limited recall of certain chocolate products after it was informed by its supplier, Valley Milk Products LLC, that a milk powder ingredient used in a compound chocolate coating has the potential to be contaminated. The voluntary recall includes selected products produced between Oct. 20 and Dec. 9 and shipped by Palmer Candy Co.to grocery, convenience store and wholesale customers nationwide for repackaging.

Products included with the recall and the corresponding product UPC codes are 4 ounce chocolate almond bark, UPC 026133400000; 12-ounce chocolate almond bark, UPC 026133300000; 4-ounce chocolate almond pretzels, UPC 026131900000; 12-ounce chocolate almond pretzels, UPC 026131800000; 12-ounce creme de menthe almond bark, UPC 026266300000; 12-ounce dazzled peanut brittle, UPC 026267400000; 8-ounce tub dazzled peanut brittle, UPC 026267300000; 16-ounce, 10-inch holiday candy tray, UPC 026139100000; 32-ounce, 12-inch holiday candy tray, UPC 0261393000; 48-ounce, 16 inch holiday candy tray, UPC 026139500000; 64-ounce, 18-inch holiday candy tray, UPC 026139700000; 4-ounce peppermint bark, UPC 026133800000; 12 -ounce peppermint bark, UPC 026133700000; 9 -ounce peppermint bark tub, UPC 02626790000; 16-ounce, 9-inch candy tray, UPC 0261138000000; 32-ounce, 12-inch candy tray, UPC 0261381000000; 48-ounce, 16-inch candy tray, UPC 026138200000; 16-ounce, 9-inch cookie and candy tray, UPC 026138600000; 32-ounce, 12-inch cookie and candy tray, UPC 026138700000; and 48-ounce, 16-inch cookie and candy tray, UPC 026138800000.

The candy trays were distributed to all of Hy-Vee’s 242 grocery stores across its eight-state region of Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The product comes in a plastic container with a clear lid. The sell-by date range for all items is between Jan. 26 and Feb. 23. The sell-by date can be found at the top of the product label.

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To date, no illnesses have been reported in connection with these products. Salmonella is an organism that 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.

Out of an abundance of caution Hy-Vee has decided to recall all candy trays that include products in the recall.

Customers who purchased this product should dispose of it or return it to their local Hy-Vee store for a full refund.

Consumers with questions may contact Hy-Vee Customer Care representatives 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1-800-772-4098.