Last Wednesday, Indiana candymaker Zachary Confections announced a voluntary recall of its Chocolate Covered Marshmallow eggs out of a concern that the treats might have been laced with salmonella. On Saturday, March 2, the company issued a statement at its website indicating that testing done by an independent third-party laboratory had confirmed that the treats, sold in conjunction with Easter, were found safe to eat. No traces of Salmonella were detected.
As recently as March 1, ABC News carried a report noting that a sample taken during routine testing revealed “the potential for salmonella contamination.” The article further indicated that the recall affected 5-ounce packages of the Easter sweets that are sold in white egg crates with purple, green, and yellow lettering. Affected packages, the article noted, carry the product number 31-797 and the Best Buy date of Feb. 14, 2014.
The packages were shipped from the Frankfort, Ind., factory on Feb. 21 and 22. They were distributed to stores in five states, including Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
All packages have now received an all-clear from the company.
Zachary Confections had not received reports of illness in connection with consumption of any of its products prior to the confirmation of safety but had suspended production as a precautionary measure while it investigated the potential contamination. A statement issued on Wednesdy by George Anichini, vice president of operations, read, “We are dedicated to manufacturing wholesome products for our customers. Consistent with that dedication, we are taking this voluntary action.”
Questions about the recall and its lifting may be directed to Zachary Confections Customer Service at 765 654-8365. The company may also be reached via email at Zachary Confections.
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