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Dangerous Labeling Mistake Leads to Massive Chocolate Recall

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Noooo! Anything but the chocolate!

Chocolate lovers with milk allergies BEWARE. There have been a whole lot of recalls issued for dark chocolate products because milk was left off the list of ingredients. This is a big deal, considering that it puts people with milk allergies, children included, in danger of developing anywhere from mild to life-threatening reactions if they eat any of the candy that wasn’t properly labeled.

The initial recall was issued by GKI Foods and has prompted many subsequent recalls because they supply dark chocolate to distributers and retailers across the nation.

GKI Food Recall

The first recall was issued on October 27 by GKI Foods of Brighton Michigan for the following dark chocolate products that failed to disclose milk as an ingredient:

Dark Chocolate Almond

Dark Chocolate Blueberries

Dark Chocolate Cashews

Dark Chocolate Coconut

Dark Chocolate Coffee Beans

Dark Chocolate Pecans

Dark Chocolate Powerberry

Dark Chocolate Raisins

Dark Chocolate Strawberries

Dark Chocolate Pretzel Nibs

Dark Chocolate Banana Chips

Dark Chocolate Almond Bark

Dark Chocolate Cherries

Dark Chocolate Almonds

Dark Chocolate Cranberries

Dark Chocolate Peanuts

Dark Chocolate Pineapple

Dark Chocolate Pretzel Balls

Dark Chocolate Ginger Snap Cookies

Dark Chocolate Turbinado Sea Salt Almonds

These products are packaged in plastic hanging and stand-up bags, plastic tubs and cardboard boxes. If you have any of these products, you can return them to your place of purchase. If you have any questions, you can call the company at 248-486-0055.

Meijer Recall

On October 28, Meijer issued a recall as an extension of the GKI Foods recall. Again, it was for products that did not disclose milk as an ingredient on their packaging. In this case, the affected products are:

Meijer Bulk Dark Chocolate Almonds 18 oz. (UPC 7-19283-40301-8)

Meijer Bulk Dark Chocolate Cashews 18 oz. (UPC 7-19283-40302-5)

Meijer Bulk Dark Chocolate Coffee Beans (UPC 7-19283-40313-1)

If you have purchased any of these products, do not eat them and return them to the nearest Meijer store for a full refund. If you have any questions regarding the recall, contact Meijer at 800-543-3704.

21st Century Snack FoodsRecall

Another extension of the GKI Foods recall was issued on October 28 by 21st Century Snack Foods for Dark Chocolate Almonds packaged in a 6 oz. peg/stand-up bag (UPC 030603 228549, Lots 16100-17300).

Consumers are advised to dispose of the product and contact the company at centurysnack@gmail.com for a full refund. If you have any questions, call 631-588-8000.

First Source Recall

First Source also issued a recall of:

Wegmans Dark Chocolate Almonds 23 oz. tub

Wegmans Dark Chocolate Almonds 11.5 oz. tub

Wegmans Dark Chocolate Almonds with Sea Salt and Turbinado Sugar 12 oz. tub

Wegmans Dark Chocolate Cherry-Infused Cranberries 12 oz. tub

Wegmans Dark Chocolate Strawberries 13.5 oz. tub

Alpine Valley Dark Chocolate Almonds 11.5 oz. tub

Circle K Favorites Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds 3.25 oz. bag

Tops Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds 11.5 oz. tub

Tops Dark Chocolate Coffee Beans 12 oz. tub

7 Select Dark Chocolate Turbinado Almonds with Sea Salt 2.25 oz. bag.

The following bulk bin items were also recalled:

15-pound Dark Chocolate Peanuts distributed to Wegmans Food Markets, Dryden Food Market, New Brighton Food Land, Punxsutawney Country Market and Trumansburg Shur Save

20-pound Dark Chocolate Almonds distributed to Wegmans Food Markets, Giant Food Store, Martin’s Food Market and Stop N Shop

25-pound Dark Chocolate Coffee Beans distributed to Giant Food Store, Giant Food Mart, Martin’s Food Market, Wegmans Food Market, Dryden Food Market, Orchard Fresh, Stop N Shop and Punxsutawney Country Market

Affected products were sold from 1/1/16 to 10/30/17 and include all “best before” dates. Consumers are urged to destroy the product. If you have any questions, contact First Source at 716-389-0200.

Shoreline Fruit, LLC Recall

In cooperation with GKI Foods, Shoreline Fruit issued a recall on October 31 for:

Dried Dark Chocolate Covered Cherries in a 6-ounce stand-up pouch (UPC 8 46659 00048 6)

Dried Dark Chocolate Covered Cherries in a 24-once stand-up pouch (UPC 8 46659 00039 4)

Shoreline Fruit Dark Chocolate Covered Montmorency Cherries in 25-pound boxes (UPC CHDC025Z)

Consumers are advised to discontinue use of products and return to place of purchase for a full refund. If you have any questions, call the company at 800-836-3972.

Rucker’s Wholesale and Service Co. Recall

Rucker’s Wholesale and Service Co. issued their own recall of all Uncle Buck’s and Family Choice Dark Chocolate Peanuts distributed nationwide in stand-up twist tie bags sold between March 7, 2016 and October 30, 2017. Both brands have UPC 0 52545 10226 8.

Consumers are urged to destroy the product. If you have any questions, contact Rucker’s at 618-945-2411 or 800-663-1857.

Rucker’s Makin’ Batch Candies Recall

On October 31, Rucker’s Makin’ Batch Candies issued a recall for The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium Dark Chocolate Coffee Beans sold in 8-ounce clear bags (UPC 400013041067, 400013041098 and 400013041098) with “best buy” dates from May 11, 2017 through October 9, 2018 sold at Universal Studios Park in Orlando, Florida.

Consumers are advised not to consume the product. If you have any questions, call 618-945-7778 or 888-622-2639 or email kelleyp7@ruckerscandy.com.

If you or your family have milk allergies, please check your chocolate stash to make sure that you don’t have any of the recalled products. You especially don’t want them to get into the hands of children with milk allergies because you know it’s a very short journey from hand to mouth.

Although this recall is far-reaching, there have been no reported illness or allergic reactions to date. Let's keep it that way by sharing this information with friends and family.

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