Even if you don't buy much candy all year, chances are you're buying it now to prepare for the Trick-Or-Treaters when they come knocking this weekend, so take a few minutes to read these recent recalls of some of the more popular brands and items.
Nestlé USA's Confections & Snacks Division, with the cooperation of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has initiated a voluntary recall of Nestlé® RAISINETS® Fun Size Bags (10oz) with a production code of 02015748/UPC number 2800010255, which may contain undeclared peanuts. People who have allergies or severe sensitivity to peanuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. Nestlé is taking this action out of an abundance of caution.
The voluntary agreement to recall the products came after Nestle became aware of three complaints to the company about peanuts in the candy. While this product is labeled with a precautionary statement "made on equipment that also processes peanuts," the product should not have peanuts in them, especially if they are not declared on the label.
Consumers who are allergic to peanuts and who have purchased the recalled products are advised by Nestlé not to consume them. Instead, Nestlé asks these consumers to contact Nestlé Consumer Services directly at 1-800-478-5670 for a full refund and discard any remaining packages.
The 'fun size' 10 oz bags were distributed only in the U.S. to Target, Shop Rite and Don Quixote retail stores, according to the FDA new release.
Colombina U.S.A. and the FDA are voluntarily recalling specific lots of Mega Pops lollipops in 14-ounce and 28-ounce cellophane bags containing watermelon, cherry, orange and grape flavored pops. Affected Mega Pops can be identified by UPC Code numbers 0 14272 10873 9 or 0 14272 10862 3, and are in lots marked as Lot #1240695, Lot #1209708, or Lot #1209796. The lot number appears in a white square on the lower left hand side of the reverse of each bag. The voluntary recall of these lots is part of Colombina’s diligent product review.
A limited number of these Mega Pops™ brand lollipops may contain traces of foreign particles, metals, and as a precautionary measure, manufacturer Colombina S.A. is asking customers to return these lollipops to their retailer and instructing retailers to recall the product voluntarily. Colombina believes the product presents no health risk.
"We are always guided by customer safety and satisfaction," said Carlos Gil, Colombina USA Vice President said on the company's website. "Using an abundance of caution, we are working with all our valued retailers to quickly remove the product from the shelves. We’ve also set up a special 24 hour hotline to answer any questions consumers may have," he said in a statement. (1-888-317-3686)
Anhing Corp. recalled DaiJyoBu Ginger candy after it was informed by the California Department of Public Health that the candy contained lead above the state's legal level. The company says the candy could cause health problems, particularly for infants, small children and pregnant women.
DaiJyoBu Ginger Candy is contained in a checkerboard patterned cellophane bag with a drawing of a sprouting ginger root. Each bag contains 12 foil wrapped pieces of candy with a net weight of six ounces.
The company asks that consumers not eat the candy and return it to the place of purchase.
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) warned consumers this week to discard any Cocon Grape Gummy 100% candy imported from Malaysia after testing revealed high levels of lead in the candy.
According to a health department press release, the Cocon Grape Gummy Candy has been recalled by U-Can Food Trading in Los Angeles. U-Can Food Trading imports and distributes the candy, which is produced by Cocon Food Industries in Malaysia.
California health officials are encouraging consumers who find Cocon Grape Gummy 100% candy for sale to call the CDPH Complaint Hotline at (800) 495-3232
Recent testing of candy products by the CDPH officials found that Candy El Pecas Saladitos con Chile and Candy El Pecas Saladitos con Limon contained seven times the legal limit of lead, said Julayne Gath of the county's environmental health department.
The Chula Vista candy company has initiated a voluntary recall of the two contaminated candies and is working with businesses to make sure the candies are not being sold, Gath said.
Both candies, which are imported from China, are salted plums packaged in 1.5-ounce clear plastic bags. The bags have a green, white and red label showing a picture of a boy.
Anyone in possession of the candy should throw it away immediately, and pregnant women and parents of children who have eaten it should check with a doctor, Gath said.
This isn't the first, nor will it be the last candy that has been recalled due to extremely high levels of lead in the products.
Hershey issued a voluntary recall of their York Pieces, a peppermint bite size candy, in July due to the possibility of small pieces of metal in the product. It's possible that these 5 oz bags could still be available for sale or already in your home.
This recall affects only the 5-oz. hanging bag sold primarily in convenience stores, not the larger 10.5-oz. stand-up bags available at other retailers. The product in question was made by a third-party manufacturer in the United States and was available for purchase primarily at convenience stores nationwide after May 20, 2010. The affected items have the UPC 34000-11435-000 and production code beginning with the characters 27 or 28.
No consumer complaints have been reported to date. Consumer safety is Hershey's top concern, and the company issued this voluntary recall as a precaution. Consumers who have purchased the item in question should contact Hershey Consumer Relations at 1-800-468-1714.
The issues with high levels of lead have surfaced as the center of multiple recalls of products made outside the United States. Digital Journal has reported on concerns of parents of children who are being exposed to lead in candies, in particular candy made in China and Mexico.
At this time no other Hershey or Nestle candy products are effected by voluntary recalls.
So how do you know when candy or other food products are getting pulled off them market?
Foodsafety.gov keeps a running list of recalled products or check the FDA website for details and up-to-date information.