Salmonella-Tainted Mother’s Day Gifts?


If you have any leftover Godiva chocolates from Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day gift boxes, you like frosting or take certain dietary supplements, you may want to take stock of your goodies to make sure they’re not part of recalls on salmonella concerns.

Godiva Chocolatier is recalling its G Collection brown Mother’s Day gift boxes with lime green trim and its brown Valentine’s Day boxes with red trim following a milk product recall by one of its suppliers, Plainview Milk Products Cooperative, on salmonella concerns.

More than 50 companies that use Plainview as a supplier have recalled products containing the Plainview milk, according to the Consumer Products Safety Commission.

Godiva used Plainview milk products in the production of one of its gift box pieces, the Praline Crunch, which hasn’t been found to contain salmonella itself. The company says the recall doesn’t affect any other Godiva products.
While the six-week shelf life of the seasonal products has already passed, the company is issuing the recall as a precaution. Consumers can contact the company at (800) 9GODIVA to request reimbursement.

Additionally, packets of frosting made by Country Creations for its Country Creations Braided Bread and Country Creations Cinnamon Rolls are being recalled for the same reason. The affected packets were produced and distributed between September 1, 2008 and June 12, 2009 in small clear plastic pouches.

Since salmonella is linked to potentially fatal infections in young children, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems and can cause fever, vomiting and bloody diarrhea, consumers are urged not to consume the frosting packets.

Certain batches of whey protein supplements were also recalled by Nutrition Global LLC. The company’s SNI Pro Whey, SNI Pro Mass and Sci Labs Mass Fuzion Dietary Supplement contain non-fat dry milk manufactured by Plainview. They were distributed to Spain, Poland, Columbia and the state of Florida. Consumer with questions may contact Nutrition Global LLC at (888) 663-1113.

Earlier in July, Plainview recalled some of its instant nonfat dried milk, whey protein and thickening agents manufactured within the past two years because of possible contamination. Plainview said that product tests didn’t find salmonella, but tests of its factory equipment did.

Sturm Foods and Diamond Crystal Brands also recalled some of its nonfat dry milk made with Plainview products. The Sturm products were sold under the America’s Choice, Pathmark, Stop & Shop, Food Lion, White Rose, Food Town, Key Food, Krasdale, Meijer and other labels.

Customers can return the recalled products to these stores for a full refund or replacement.

Diamond Crystal Brands distributed its recalled products to foodservice organizations which will be contacted directly by the company.

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