Kilwins, based out of Petoskey, is recalling all 7 ounce packages of sugar free peanut butter fudge.
According to a release from the Michigan Department of Agriculture today, Monday, the company is specifically recalling all items with bar code 000648, lots 67936, 67105, 66959, 66413, 66248, 65123, 63124, 62693, 62612, 61658, 61621 sold in its retail stores between Oct. 1, 2011 and Oct. 5, 2012 because the peanut butter ingredient used to make the product is associated with the Sunland, Inc. recall and has the potential to be contaminated with salmonella.
The recalled sugar free peanut butter fudge packages were sold in Kilwins retail stores located in: Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin.
The product comes in either a light beige box with a small window area, or a black and white box with a small window area and a yellow sicker across the top corner that states “sugar-free." The lot code can be found on the box label, just to the left of the bar code.
Salmonella is an organism which 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 (infected aneurysms), endocarditis or arthritis.
To date no illnesses have been reported in connection with this product.
Consumers who have purchased this product within the affected dates are urged to return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Jean Hammond at Kilwin’s at 231-758-3903 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The Petoskey News-Review will have more on this issue when it becomes available.