Possible Contamination Spurs Major Recall of Candy Products

(NewsSpace.com) – Despite instilling stringent manufacturing processes, some food companies still experience incidences of cross-contamination that require them to recall some of their products. Last month, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recalled a string of sweet treats because of a possible health risk. Now, it has updated the classification.

In early May, several Palmer Candy products were called into question after a supplier notified the company that one of the liquid coatings it sold Palmer could be contaminated with salmonella. This affected many of its white-coated confectionery products, including

  • Caramel Swirl pretzels
  • Classic yogurt pretzels
  • Frosted pretzels
  • Frosted Munchy Medley Bowl
  • Cookies & Cream Yummy Chow
  • Patriotic White Fudge Cookies
  • Peanut Butter snack mix
  • Drizzled Caramel Corn

A full list of the products and their labels, as well as the best-by date on the items, is available on the FDA website under its recall notice. They were distributed nationwide and to distributors in the following states:

  • Alabama
  • Florida
  • California
  • Illinois
  • Kansas
  • Iowa
  • Missouri
  • North Dakota
  • Nebraska
  • Oregon
  • South Carolina
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Dakota
  • Virginia
  • Texas
  • Wyoming
  • Wisconsin

Consumers who had purchased the products, which were sold at Dollar Central, Walmart, Target, and Hy-Vee, were advised to discard them or return them to the retailer for a full refund.

In early June, the FDA updated the classification of the recall to Class I, which is assigned to products that could “cause serious adverse health consequences or death.” While there have been no reports of anyone falling sick, per Hy-Vee, the production has stopped for the products while the FDA investigates the contamination reports.

Salmonella is a bacteria that causes digestive upset, including diarrhea, cramps, and fever. While it typically goes away on its own, some populations — such as the elderly, infants, or those with weakened immune systems — may need to seek medical attention if the symptoms are severe. In rare cases, it can be life-threatening.

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