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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume the Xan Confections brand Peanut Butter Chocolate products described below because the products may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The following Xan Confections brand pre-packaged products are affected by this alert:

Description Size UPC Best By Date(s)
(#284) 4-piece Mini BigMouth 4-piece gift box 8 95784 00284 1 Oct. 20, 2012; Nov. 3, 2012; Nov. 25, 2012
(#002) 6-piece Mini BigMouth 6-piece gift box 8 15744 01002 0 Oct.. 20, 2012; Nov. 3, 2012; Nov. 24, 2012
(#079) 4-piece Peanut Butter 4-piece gift box 8 15744 01079 2 Nov. 18, 2012

The following Xan Confections brand products were sold from bulk:

  • (#093) Milk Mini BigMouth
  • (#094) Dark Mini BigMouth
  • (#090) Peanut Butter Crunch LadybuG
  • (#296) Peanut Butter LadybuG
  • (#115) Mini Peanut Butter Crunch LadybuG
  • (#096) Peanut Butter Jewel
  • (#233) Milk BigMouth
  • (#232) Dark BigMouth
  • (#273) Dark Peanut Butter Cup
  • (#254) Milk Peanut Butter Cup

These products may have been distributed through retail stores nationally and through Internet sales.

The bulk products described above have been sold without UPC or Best By dates. Consumers who have purchased the products from bulk or Internet sales from May 28, 2012 to October 11, 2012, inclusive are advised to check with their place of purchase to determine if their products are affected by this recall.

The CFIA is working with the Canadian importers to remove the affected product from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.

Food contaminated with Salmonellamay not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with these bacteria may cause salmonellosis, a foodborne illness. In young children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems, salmonellosis may cause serious and sometimes deadly infections. In otherwise healthy people, salmonellosis may cause short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Long-term complications may include severe arthritis.

Salmonellosis is a food-borne infection caused by the bacteria Salmonella.  Salmonellosis during pregnancy is especially troublesome because, pregnant women are more vulnerable to complications, so have a lower threshold for investigation, admission and treatment, febrile illness in pregnancy may cause miscarriage or premature labour, acute abdominal conditions are more difficult to diagnose during pregnancy and finally salmonellosis can directly harm an unborn baby.

These products have been recalled by the legal agents in the United States as well.

For more information, consumers and industry can call the CFIA at 1-800-442-2342 / TTY 1-800-465-7735 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday to Friday).

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