Organic Chocolate Bars Recalled
Oct. 02, 2002
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WASHINGTON (AP) _ A chocolate importer is recalling organic chocolate bars sold at Whole Foods Market stores nationwide. The bars pose a risk to people allergic to nuts or dairy products because they aren't properly labeled with those ingredients.
The Food and Drug Administration has learned of a child who suffered hives and other allergy symptoms after eating a recalled bar. Importer Spruce Foods of Prescott, Ariz., reports one additional customer complaint, but provided no details.
Recalled were all batches of the following bars: Whole Foods Organic Milk Chocolate in 30- and 100-gram sizes; Whole Foods Organic Dark Chocolate in 30- and 100-gram sizes; Whole Foods Organic Dark Chocolate with Almonds in 30- and 100-gram sizes; Whole Foods Organic Espresso Creme; Whole Foods Organic Crispy White Chocolate; and Whole Foods Organic Dark with Currants/Almonds.
The recalled chocolates were pulled off Whole Foods shelves last Friday, but the FDA said people allergic to nuts or dairy should not consume any recalled bars still in their homes.
Some of the bars' labels don't list trace amounts of dairy ingredients; others aren't supposed to contain nuts but could because they're made on the same assembly line as nut-containing chocolates, the FDA said.
Customers may return the recalled chocolates to any Whole Foods Market for a refund or contact Spruce Foods at 1-928-443-1994.