Salmonella Risk Prompts Chocolate Recall

Artisan Confections Company is voluntarily recalling a limited quantity of its Dagoba Organic Chocolate New Moon Rich Dark Chocolate 74% cacao in 0.32 ounce squares because they may contain <"">Salmonella, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just announced. No other sizes or Dagoba items are involved in this recall.

The recall involves 33 cases of 0.32 oz squares that were sold nationwide online and through natural/specialty food retail outlets after October 27, 2010. The only affected products were sold from display boxes labeled with the code 37HLB11, UPC 10474-55509. There have been no consumer complaints or reports of illness associated with this product, to date.

Food contaminated with Salmonella may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of a food contaminated with the Salmonella pathogen may cause symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Long-term complications may include severe arthritis. These symptoms could be serious and life threatening in young children, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems.

The item was produced at a third-party manufacturer and the recall was initiated after quality checks indicated the presence of Salmonella in a single sample.

Consumers who have purchased the item in question should contact Artisan Confections Consumer Relations at 866-608-6944 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time.

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