ContactConsumer:949-833-2928www.xanconfections.comMedia:Liz Drew714-426-0444Liz@hkamarcom.com 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 ProductsUPCBest By Date(s)Bulk: 093 Milk Mini BigMouth8-15744-01093-8Oct. 20, 2012; Nov. 3, 2012; Nov. 25, 2012094 Dark Mini BigMouth8-15744-01094-5Oct. 20, 2012; Nov. 3, 2012; Nov. 24, 2012296 Peanut Butter LadybuG8-95784-00296-4Nov. 18, 2012090 Peanut Butter Crunch LadybuG8-15744-01090-7115 Mini Peanut Butter Crunch LadybuG8-15744-01115-7096 Peanut Butter Jewel8-15744-01096-9Nov. 25, 2012233 Milk BigMouth8-95784-00233-9Nov. 10, 2012; Dec. 14, 2012; Jan. 4, 2013232 Dark BigMouth8-95784-00232-2Nov. 10, 2012; Dec. 14, 2012; Jan. 6, 2013273 Dark Peanut Butter Cup8-95784-00273-5Dec. 29, 2012; Jan. 26, 2013254 Milk Peanut Butter Cup8-95784-00254-4Jan. 17, 2013Packaged: 284 4-piece Mini BigMouth8-95784-00284-1Oct. 20, 2012; Nov. 3, 2012; Nov. 25, 2012002 6-piece Mini BigMouth8-15744-01002-0Oct. 20, 2012; Nov. 3, 2012; Nov. 24, 2012079 4-piece Peanut Butter8-15744-01079-2Nov. 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 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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