Easter Candy Being Recalled for Salmonella Scare

A candy maker in Indiana has recalled its marshmallow eggs that are covered in chocolate. The recall was made for the packages of candy because of the fear they might be contaminated with salmonella.

Zachary Confections made an announcement it was voluntarily recalling the Easter Candy after a sample was taken in routine testing that revealed the possibility for salmonella contamination, said a statement by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Salmonella is a form of bacterium that causes serious and at times deadly infections in young children and people who are quite old, as well as in those people whose immune systems have been weakened. The bacterium is foodborne and kills nearly 400 people in the U.S. annually, said the U.S. Center for Disease Control.

Healthy adults who become exposed to bacterium risk pain, high fever, nausea diarrhea and vomiting. The organism can, in some very rare cases, invade an individual’s bloodstream, which could lead to infections in the arteries, heart and even arthritis.

Zachary Confections’ recall includes its 5-ounce packages that are sold in egg crates with green, purple and yellow lettering. They carry the product id number 31-797 and have a best buy date of February 14, 2014.

The sweets were distributed to different stores in Wisconsin, South and North Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa, said officials from the FDA.

No reports of anyone becoming ill have been linked to the product, according to officials at the FDA, but production for that product has been suspended while the investigation continues into the possible contamination.

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