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Recall: Fannie May candy box contains one chocolate with peanuts

Feb. 20, 2014 at 5:03 PM   |   Comments

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CHICAGO, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Fannie May Confections Brands in Chicago recalled 12,000 units of its 4-ounce, red heart-shaped gift box of chocolates because one piece contains peanuts.

Officials at Fannie May said they decided to recall the boxes of chocolates after a customer contacted customer service to report the ingredient label on the boxes did not state it contained peanuts -- a known allergen.

People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening reactions if they come in contact with or consume this product, the officials said in a statement.

"To date there has been one reported incident of an individual who had an allergic reaction who was treated and released from further medical care," the statement said.

Fannie May said was not aware of any other incidences, nor have there been any other reported illnesses. The voluntary recall does not affect any other products from Fannie May Chocolates, company officials said.

Fanny May's 4 oz., red heart-shaped gift box, measuring 5.25 inches by 5.5 inches in size, contains eight assorted chocolates, including one caramel/peanut candy. The box has a rose motif foil paper with the name "Fannie May" in silver lettering along the right side of the box and a label in the upper left stating "Fannie May Assorted Chocolates net wt. 4 oz. 113g."

The back of the box has a full nutritional label stating: "This product has been produced on equipment shared with peanuts, treenuts, soybean, milk, eggs and wheat."

The item is identified as SKU #77202 with the UPC number on the label of 0 52745 96000 2. Lot information is 13344, 13345, 13361, 14010 and 14014.

The 12,000 boxes of chocolates were available for sale Jan. 10 in up to 450 drug stores, grocery stores and gift shops in Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri and Indiana. Retailers that sold the product include, but are not limited to, Walgreens, Hallmark Gift Shops, Jewel Grocers and other independent retailers. This particular gift box was not available at any of Fannie May's more than 100 retail stores or through the company's website, wwwfanniemay.com.

Consumers with questions may contact a customer service representative at 1-330-494-0833, extension 193, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. EST or email customerservice@fanniemay.com.

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