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Easter chocolate alert: Products recalled for undeclared allergens

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Parents, grandparents, and Easter bunnies have to be a little more careful this year. Fannie May Confections Brands, Inc., and Simply Natural Foods, LLC, have issued voluntary recall alerts for some of their chocolate candies due to the presence of undeclared allergens.

According to the FDA website, Fannie May has recalled its 14-ounce, rectangular gift box containing an assortment of "spring chocolates" because the box includes a peanut-containing candy, despite this allergen not being appropriately declared on the box. The box is wrapped in lavender-colored paper with flowers printed on it. The SKU is #75032, and the UPC is #0 52745 72804 6. The lots affected by the recall are #14058 and #14059. Photos of the box are provided on the FDA website. Consumers with questions or concerns can call Fannie May at 1-330-494-0833, extension 193, during normal business hours.

Also according to the FDA, Simply Natural Foods has recalled its "Simply Lite" dark chocolate bars due to high levels of milk protein in some lots of this product, despite this allergen not being appropriately declared on the box. The affected chocolate bars have been distributed in California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Massachusetts, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington. The affected chocolate bars are the three-ounce (85-gram) size, and are from lots #01182015A and #01192015A. Photos of similar products can be seen on the company's website. Consumers with questions or concerns can call Simply Natural Foods toll-free at 1-866-923-1549 during normal business hours.

Consumers interested in staying abreast of FDA-initiated and company-initiated recalls should subscribe to the FDA email distribution list or the FDA RSS feed. Consumers concerned about potential allergen contamination of food products may consider limiting their purchases for food-allergic individuals to items produced in facilities that do not process any of the eight major allergens. Surf Sweets, which makes jelly beans, gummy bears, and other chewy fruit-flavored candies, is one example. Amanda's Own Confections, which makes chocolates such as bunnies and Santas, is another option.