Xan Confections Voluntarily Recalls Peanut Butter Chocolate Products Due to Possible Health Risk



Liz Drew

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Oct. 2, 2012 – Xan Confections is voluntarily recalling 13 of its gourmet peanut butter chocolate products because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

The voluntary recall was issued upon learning that Sunland, Inc., the peanut butter supplier used in the production of Xan Confections, has recalled its entire peanut butter product from May 1, 2012 through Sept. 24, 2012. For more information on the Sunland recall, visit Sunland’s website: http://www.sunlandinc.com/788/html/pdfs/SunlandRecall.pdf.

The recall affected Xan Confections products distributed from May 28, 2012 through Sept. 28, 2012 at retail locations in California, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Texas, Alabama, Louisiana and Nova Scotia, Canada, as well as through online distribution.

“Upon learning of Sunland’s voluntary recall of peanut butter products that our company uses, we immediately notified our customers,” said Susan Johnson, CEO, Xan Confections. “We are committed to ensuring our products meet quality standards while ensuring the safety of consumers.”

None of the Xan Confections truffles (see following list with product dates) with the affected peanut butter have been associated with any reported illness to date. All Xan Confections products have passed internal quality control tests and procedures. Used by dates are located on the back of the retail packages and on the outside of wholesale bulk boxes. Affected dates are listed below.

The following products have been voluntarily recalled:

Affected Products
Best By Date(s)
093 Milk Mini BigMouth


Oct. 20, 2012; Nov. 3, 2012; Nov. 25, 2012

094 Dark Mini BigMouth ;


Oct. 20, 2012; Nov. 3, 2012; Nov. 24, 2012

296 Peanut Butter LadybuG 8-95784-00296-4

Nov. 18, 2012

090 Peanut Butter Crunch LadybuG 8-15744-01090-7

115 Mini Peanut Butter Crunch LadybuG


096 Peanut Butter Jewel


Nov. 25, 2012

233 Milk BigMouth


Nov. 10, 2012; Dec. 14, 2012; Jan. 4, 2013

232 Dark BigMouth


Nov. 10, 2012; Dec. 14, 2012; Jan. 6, 2013

273 Dark Peanut Butter Cup


Dec. 29, 2012; Jan. 26, 2013

254 Milk Peanut Butter Cup


Jan. 17, 2013


284 4-piece Mini BigMouth


Oct. 20, 2012; Nov. 3, 2012; Nov. 25, 2012

002 6-piece Mini BigMouth


Oct. 20, 2012; Nov. 3, 2012; Nov. 24, 2012

079 4-piece Peanut Butter


Nov. 18, 2012

Customers who have purchased any of the Xan Confections products referenced above may return them to the place of purchase for full refund or destroy them. Customers who purchased the affected chocolates online can contact Xan Confections with any questions they may have through the website: www.xanconfections.com disclaimer icon or at 1-949-833-2928 between 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. PST, Monday-Friday. If you have uneaten chocolates, please contact Xan Confections for instructions.

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