Easter Candy Recalled due to Salmonella Scare

Food recall lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report that Zachary Confections just announced that it is recalling its Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Eggs because they may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The Indiana-based company initiated the voluntary recall after tests found the potential for Salmonella contamination in a random, routine sample of one of the egg’s production lots. The recalled product is packaged in white egg crates with yellow, purple and green lettering. The recalled lots have a Best Buy Date of February 14, 2014, which can be found on the side panel of the products, next to the Unit UPC bar code.

The chocolate covered eggs were distributed for retail in Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, and North and South Dakota. Fortunately, Zachary has not yet received any reports of illness from the eggs, although the FDA has suspended production until its investigation is completed. The FDA is investigating to determine the source of the Salmonella contamination.

The FDA is recommending that any consumers who have already purchased the product should either destroy them or return them to the place of purchase. If anyone needs additional information about the issues, they can contact Zachary Confections at (765) 654-8356.

Salmonella is a bacteria usually linked to poultry, eggs or raw or undercooked meat. A few strains of Salmonella can result in typhoid fever, which can be fatal. Signs and symptoms of Salmonella poisoning mimic those of the flu, and include nausea, fever, chills, headache, blood in stool, muscle pains, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. Symptoms usually last about four to seven days, although it may take several months for the gastrointestinal tract to return to normal functioning.

Most people contract the Salmonella bacteria by eating food that has been contaminated with feces. There are some factors that can increase the risk of Salmonella infection, including international travel, owning a pet bird or reptile, and living in group housing.

Many people can fight off a Salmonella infection in a few days, however, some medical conditions or medications can compromise the body’s natural defenses. Examples of these include: taking antacids, having inflammatory bowel disease, and recent use of antibiotics. Some medical conditions can increase the risk of contracting Salmonella bacteria, such as AIDS, sickle cell disease, malaria, corticosteroids, and taking anti-rejection medications.

In infants, the elderly, pregnant women, transplant recipients, and those with weakened immune systems, Salmonella infections can be life-threatening. Salmonella infections account for nearly 1.5 million foodborne illnesses per year and kill about 400 Americans every year.

In a significantly smaller recall, See’s Candies recently recalled about 65 boxes of Divinity Easter Egg with Walnuts because some may contain peanut butter eggs. The boxes were distributed to See’s stores in Arizona, California, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah.

Contaminated food lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm are committed to protecting consumers from dangerous, contaminated, and recalled food, drugs and products. Manufacturing companies must be held responsible for endangering consumers if they release food that is hazardous to public health. If you or someone you love suffered a serious injury from recalled food, you have important legal rights, and may be entitled to compensation.

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