Heart-shaped bummer: FDA announces recall of Valentine's Day chocolate


McClatchy Washington Bureau

The Food and Drug Administration announced a voluntary recall Thursday of 12,000 gift boxes of assorted chocolates because the label failed to warn consumers that one piece of candy contained peanuts, a known allergen.

People with peanut allergies could suffer serious or life-threatening reactions if they come in contact with peanuts. So far, only one person has reported an allergic reaction after eating the chocolates, according to the FDA. That person received medical care and was released.

Coming less than a week after Valentine's Day, the recall affects 4 oz red heart-shaped boxes of assorted chocolates from Fannie May Confections Brands, Inc. The box has a rose motif with the name Fannie May in silver lettering, measures 5 1/4 inches by 5 ½ inches in size and contains 8 pieces of chocolates, including one filled with caramel and peanuts.

The boxes are labeled SKU #77202 with the UPC number of 0 52745 96000 2, and includes lot numbers 13344, 13345, 13361, 14010, and 14014. They were sold in drug stores, groceries and gift shops such as Walgreens, Hallmark Gift Shops and Jewel Grocers in the midwest starting on January 10, 2014.

The boxes were not available for sale at Fannie May stores or through the company's website.

More information on the recall can be found on Fannie May's website at: wwwfanniemay.com or by calling 330-494-0833 extension 193, or by emailing customerservice@fanniemay.com.

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