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Voluntary Recall of Baby Ruth Candy Bars

December 24, 1986

EAST HANOVER, N.J. (AP) _ Baby Ruth candy bars were pulled off shelves Wednesday around the nation after Nabisco Brands Co. issued a voluntary recall.

The East Hanover-based Nabisco recalled some candy bars Dec. 12 after discovering salmonella bacteria in a small percentage of the bars made at plant in Franklin Park, Ill.

But Nabisco recommended this week that the recall be expanded nationwide ″to make sure that there is no possibility of any of these bars with salmonella getting to the public,″ said company spokesman Mel Grayson.

Grayson said the company believed there was no serious health threat to the public. However, he said, consumers with Baby Ruth candy bars should return them to the stores at which they were bought and obtain refunds.

Mike Rourke, a spokesman for the Montvale-based A&P Supermarkets, said the chain received an advisory from Nabisco on Tuesday and took the candy off shelves. A Safeway spokesman in Arizona confirmed that his stores did likewise. The candy was taken off shelves Wednesday morning at the CVS pharmacy-variety store in the Brunswick Square Mall in East Brunswick.

″We put it in the back room and are waiting for instructions on what to do with it,″ said store manager Chen Yu. He said no customers had returned the candy.

A manager of the Foodtown Supermarket in Forked River, who declined to give his name, said the store removed Baby Ruth bars two weeks ago, when the salmonella contamination first was reported.

Jewel Cos. Inc., the Chicago area’s largest supermarket chain, also removed all Baby Ruths at that time, spokesman Mike Depaola said Wednesday from company headquarters in Melrose Park, Ill.

Earlier this month, the Illinois Department of Public Health said consumers should not eat Baby Ruth bars made on certain dates because Nabisco officials had discovered salmonella organisms during a routine inspection of the candy plant in Franklin Park, a Chicago suburb.

Dr. Bernard Turnock, director of the Illinois public health department, said new tests show there may be a salmonella risk from eating bars made on other days.

″Federal laboratory tests have confirmed that five different batches of the candy bars contain salmonella organisms,″ he said.

Turnock said there have been no reports of salmonella poisoning from Baby Ruth bars. And despite the warning, he said, the risk probably is small.

Symptoms of salmonella poisoning include stomach cramps, diarrhea, vomiting and fever.

Grayson said consumers with questions can call a toll-free telephone number, 1-800-932-7800.

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