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Spice, Snack Bars Recalled

khts_recallsThe Food and Drug Administration has advised of two recalls of food products today: ground tumeric sold under the Archer Farms label and chocolatey chip snack bars.

 

GROUND TUMERIC

B&M, Inc. of Mount Vernon, Missouri is voluntarily recalling Archer Farms Ground Turmeric sold at Target stores in glass bottles with a net weight of 2.6 oz. (74g), due to elevated levels of lead.

recallarcherfarmstumericLead can accumulate in the body over time. Too much can cause health problems, including delayed mental and physical development and learning deficiencies. Pregnant women, infants and young children especially should avoid exposure to lead. People concerned about blood lead levels should contact their physician or health clinic to ask about testing.

This voluntary recall is a result of notification from B&M, Incorporated’s supplier that the Ground Turmeric they provided contained excessive levels of lead.

The Archer Farms Ground Turmeric was distributed nationwide to Target retail stores located in the following states from June, 2009, to February, 2010: AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, and WI.

The product is identified at the retail store level as Archer Farms Ground Turmeric, UPC 0-85239-02612-0. The lot numbers included in this recall are 1740901A, Best By 6/23/2011; 2180902A, Best By 8/6/11; 2780906A, Best By 10/5/2011; 2920903A, Best By 10/19/11; 3060903A, Best By 11/2/2011; 0071003A, Best By1/7/2012. The lot numbers and Best By dates can be found on the bottom of the bottle.

No other Archer Farms Brand spices have been affected by this voluntary recall.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this voluntary recall.

Consumers in possession of this voluntarily recalled product may return it to the store at which you purchased it. Consumers or media with questions should contact B&M, Inc. at 1-877-321-5852 (Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm CST) or contact Target Guest Relations toll-free at (800) 316-6151.

CHOCOLATEY CHOCOLATE CHIP BARS

Organic Food Bar, Inc. of Fullerton, CA is recalling the specific listed lots of Chocolatey Chocolate Chip RAW Organic Food Bars listed below, because they may contain undeclared peanut proteins. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these lots of products mentioned below.

RAW Organic Food Bar Chocolatey Chocolate Chip was distributed nationally in USA and Canada. The product reached consumers through retail stores, mail order, direct delivery etc. The affected products listed below were shipped in 12 pack cartons to each outlet or direct to consumers.

Lot #3071210, exp. 12 Jul 2011

UPC 873521000220

RAW Organic Food Bar Chocolatey Chocolate Chip

Lot #2071210, exp. 12 Jul 2011

UPC 873521000220

RAW Organic Food Bar Chocolatey Chocolate Chip

Lot # 02081610, exp. 08/11

UPC 873521000220

RAW Organic Food Bar Chocolatey Chocolate Chip

Lot #01081610, exp. 08/11

UPC 873521000220

RAW Organic Food Bar Chocolatey Chocolate Chip

Lot #04092710 exp. 27 Sep 2011

UPC 873521000220

RAW Organic Food Bar Chocolatey Chocolate Chip

The recall was initiated after it was discovered that product contained peanut allergen through cross contamination of raw materials. The firm is investigating if the affected products contained peanut allergen through cross contamination of raw materials by one of our vendors since at the time we were a peanut free facility. We have since changed our suspected vendor of cashew butter and our new vendor has dedicated cashew line and claims no chance of cross contamination.

Consumers who have purchased RAW Organic Food Bar Chocolatey Chocolate Chip with the lot # and exp dates mentioned above are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may also contact the company at 1 800 246 4685, Monday-Friday 9am-5pm PST.