While we are becoming accustomed to all combinations of food and disease scares, here’s one that seems a little odd:white chocolate and salmonella.However, that’s just the combination that spurred Kraft to initiate a recall of its Baker’s White Chocolate squares.The affected packages have UPC Code 0043000252200 and four best-when-used-by dates: 31 MAR 2008 XCZ; 01 APR 2008 XCZ; 02 APR 2008 XCZ; and 03 APR 2008 XCZ, the company said.
Salmonella is a group of bacteria most commonly associated with poultry products, although it grows readily on any food, and is spread equally well by other meats and dairy products.A person infected with salmonella bacteria usually develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps from 12 to 72 hours after infection.The symptoms last a few days or a week, and usually pass without treatment, but in some victims, the infection can get worse, forcing hospitalization, and, if not treated quickly with antibiotics, the infection can enter the blood stream where it spreads throughout the body, causing death.
Kraft encourages consumers to discard any of the chocolates they may have lying around.The exact extent of the contamination is unknown, but Kraft says that only 6 oz packages of Baking Squares are affected.
Consumers who have concern about their chocolate can contact the company at 1-800-310-3704.If you have suffered injury from this or any other recalled product, however, you should consider contacting a lawyer through the US Recall News blog.
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