Saturday, September 29, 2012

Chocolate Recall

Jer's™ Chocolates Voluntarily Recalls Peanut Butter Products

No Contamination Found But Customers' & Consumers' Well Being Comes First

Contact:

Consumer:

858-792-2287

Media:

Blythe Beaubien

415-680-0821

blythe@winepresspr.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - September 28, 2012 - Jer's™ Chocolates announced today that it has taken the precautionary measure of issuing a voluntary limited recall of some of its Gourmet Peanut Butter Bars and Gourmet Jer's Squares produced from July 9, 2012 to September 24, 2012. Salmonella is an organism which 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.

The voluntary recall was initiated upon learning that SUNLAND, Inc., the supplier of the peanut butter used in the production of Jer's™ Chocolates, has recalled all peanut butter product from May 1, 2012 - September 24, 2012 because of potential contamination with Salmonella.

For more specific information regarding the SUNLAND recall, please visit the manufacturer's website by viewing the link below:

http://www.sunlandinc.com/788?html/pdfs/SunlandRecall.pdf

SUNLAND, Inc. has stated that twenty-nine people have reported Salmonella Bredeney PFGE matching illnesses in approximately 18 states. These illnesses were associated with Almond Butter, Peanut Butter, Cashew Butter, Tahini and Roasted Blanched Peanut Products produced by Sunland, Inc.

Jer's™ Gourmet Peanut Butter Bars and Jer's™ Squares HAVE NOT been associated with any of the reported illnesses and ALL of Jer's Chocolates products have passed its internal quality control tests and procedures

"Our customers' health and safety is paramount. This precautionary step is to protect our customers and their families from any, even if remote, possible risk", says Jerry Swain, Founder/CEO of Jer's Chocolates.

All other products, including Jer’s Chocolates Gift Boxes and Peanut Brittle Bites from the California plant, are not affected by the voluntary recall.

Customers who have purchased these items are urged not to eat the products, and to dispose of them or return them to the retailer for a full refund.

Items Recalled are specific lot numbers Jer's Squares 4oz and 16oz Gable Boxes and 3oz Peanut Butter Bars that were distributed from July 9, 2012 through September 24, 2012.

Jer's™ Chocolates Voluntarily Recalls Peanut Butter Products

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