Zachary Confections, Inc. has recalled their Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Eggs throughout several states within the U.S. due to possible salmonella contamination. The frequent staple of many Easter baskets will be noticeably absent for kids (and kids at heart) living within Iowa, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota thanks to random post production testing that suggested possible contamination in the confection. Consumers who purchased lots of the product in white egg crates with purple, yellow, or green lettering with the case number: 1 00
75186 31797 3 and the unit UPC of 0 75186 15797 8 with code dates of D3245D, D3145E, F3145E, or D3245E found on the side panel near a best before date of February 14, 2012 have been instructed to return the product to the store or request a direct refund from the company. Additionally, consumers may reach the Zachary Confections Customer Service via telephone at (765) 654-8356 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. EST with further questions.
The vice president of operations at Zachary Confections, George Anichini, issued a press release on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 via the Food and Drug Administration website in regard to the possible contamination. He stated: "We are dedicated to manufacturing wholesome products for our customers. Consistent with that dedication, we are taking this voluntary action" to recall the product. Production at the company has been halted until the business and FDA source the possible contamination.
Symptoms of exposure to salmonella bacteria generally last four to seven days and include fever, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea. Those with a compromised immune system, those who are elderly, or those who are young are frequently more affected by complications resulting ingesting food contaminated with this bacteria. The bacteria is spread when animal or human fecal matter enters the food.