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Chocolates, Cookies Recalled

December 31, 1998

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Two kinds of chocolates and a brand of butter cookies are being recalled because they may pose the risk of a life threatening reaction if eaten by someone allergic to nuts.

Elite Confections USA recalled two versions of the company’s milk chocolate coins, particularly popular for Hanukkah, because they may contain undeclared peanut residues.

People who are allergic to peanuts run the risk of a serious, even life threatening, reaction if they consume the product. The Food and Drug Administration has received reports of two New Jersey children who are allergic to peanuts suffering a reaction after eating the chocolate coins.

There are two types of recalled chocolate coins: One is sold in boxes containing 24 yellow mesh bags that each contains five coins wrapped in gold foil and secured with red tags labeled ``Elite milk chocolate coins.″ They also bear the UPC number 77245-10184.

The other type is ``Presidents Gold Coins,″ sold in plastic containers that contain 48 mesh bags, each bag containing one large coin and four smaller coins. The bags are secured with a dark blue tag labeled ``Elite milk chocolate coins,″ and bear the UPC number 77245-10617.

The coins were believed to have been manufactured and sold between April and November.

Consumers are urged to return the chocolate coins to the place of purchase for a full refund, or call Elite at 718-402-7800.

Also recalled this week: Allegro butter cookies filled with eclair, because the English-language ingredient list on the imported boxes does not list hazelnuts.

People allergic to hazelnuts run the risk of a serious or life threatening reaction if they consume the product.

The cookies, imported by Dangold Inc. of New York, are 7-ounce boxes sold before November. They bear the UPC number 0927 1936 1831. While Dangold believes none are left on store shelves, the cookies have no expiration date and thus the FDA wants to alert consumers who may have remaining cookies in their homes.

Consumers may return recalled cookies to the place of purchase for a refund, or call Dangold at 718-591-5286.

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