2009-02-13 / Front Page

Madelaine Chocolates Recalls Panned Peanuts

By Miriam Rosenberg

The nationwide recall on peanut products that has been spreading throughout the nation impacted Rockaway last week when one of the peninsula's largest businesses issued a voluntary recall on several products that were shipped from its factory to wholesale sellers and distributors.

On February 5 the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) posted a press release issued by Madelaine Chocolate Novelties, Inc. of Rockaway Park on its website, which announced that the local chocolate company was recalling all lots of products made with whole, dry roasted peanuts purchased from the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) from January 1, 2007 through the date of the PCA recall in 2009 because it has the potential to be contaminated with salmonella. PCA has been under investigation by the FDA since last month after a salmonella outbreak was traced back to its Blakely, Georgia plant.

Norman Gold, the vice president ofMadelaine Chocolates, said the company issued the voluntary recall despite their belief their product was safe.

"We're confident the questionable lots [are fine]. Every batch and shift is sent

out for testing," said Gold adding that there had been no evidence of salmonella in any of their tests.

The cautionary recall was done after the PCA expanded its own recall to include whole, dry roasted peanuts on January 28.

In addition, Gold said he knew of none of the recalled products that were sold "directly" in Rockaway. He also assured that the recall only affected panned chocolate items - whole peanuts covered with chocolate. The recalled products came either as straight chocolate covered peanuts or in a bridge mix. No other Madelaine products are affected by the recall.

"The products were probably sold a while ago, and they're probably all gone now," concluded Gold.

The recalled items can come in either bulk or retail packages. Consumers may have also purchased recalled items from a retailer selling those items under a private label.

Congressman Anthony Weiner, who represents Rockaway, has called for the prosecution of the executives of the Peanut Company of America for poisoning and killing at least eight people in the United States.

"This is more than a simple lapse of regulation and incomplete paperwork," Weiner said. "This appears to be a case where somebody willfully sent tainted food across the nation, including to children, and we know now that the results were fatal."

Weiner added that if Georgia authorities were reluctant to prosecute, then New York State prosecutors should.

Madelaine Chocolate distributes its products throughout the United States and in markets such as Mexico, Canada and Asia under it's own label as well as several private brands such as products made by Fannie May Confections, Inc. in Illinois, which has issued its own recall.

7103 1005274507103 3 07103-BRIDGE MIX 10 LBS
7104 1000060951054 2 07104-NSA MILK CHOC PEANUTS 10 LBS
F5100 1000060951000 6 CHOCOLATE PEANUTS 10 LBS
F5100HM 1000060951000 6 HAMILTON CHOC PEANUTS 25 LBS
F5100U 1000060951000 6 CHOCOLATE PEANUTS-ULTRA 10 LBS
F5101 1000060951010 5 DARK CHOCOLATE PEANUTS 10 LBS
F5104 1000060951040 2 NSA-MILK CHOC PEANUTS 10 LBS
F59940 1000060959940 7 NSA-BRIDGE MIX 10 LBS
F59943 1000060959943 1 8 OZ.NSA-BRIDGE MIX GIFT BAG
F59945 1000060959945 5 3 OZ.NSA BRIDGE MIX SNACK BOX
F5999 1000060959990 2 PREMIUM BRIDGE MIX 10 LBS
F59991 1000060959991 2 12 OZ.PREMIUM BRIDGE MIX G/BOX
F59993 1000060959993 6 8 OZ.PREMIUM BRIDGE MIX BAG
F59995 1000060959995 0 3 OZ.PREMIUM BRIDGE MIX-SNACK
F5999MF 1000060959990 2 HAMILTON BRIDGE MIX 25 LBS
F5999SPU 1000060959990 2 BRIDGE MIX/25 LBS-ULTRA 25 LBS
F5999U 1000060959990 2 BRIDGE MIX-ULTRA 10 LBS

This grid, from Madelaine Chocolates' press release, lists the products that the company is recalling due to a potential of salmonella contamination from products Madelaines bought from the Peanut Corporation of America. PCA is being investigated for being the source of a nationwide salmonella outbreak.

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