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Zachary Confections Issues Recall of Chocolate Marshmallow Easter Eggs

Update Date: Mar 01, 2013 01:09 PM EST

Easter candy is known to be a fun ritual for kids and families. However, this year, some Easter candy may be contaminated with Salmonella. Zachary Confections has recalled four lots of its popular chocolate marshmallow eggs and suspended production on the treats because they may contain the bacteria.

According to NBC News, the Indiana-based company announced the recall out of an abundance of caution. During a routine inspection, investigators found Salmonella in one of the lots. No one has become ill from the candy yet.

The recall is targeted at chocolate-covered marshmallow eggs in a white crate with green, purple and yellow lettering. The products' UPC code is 1 00 75186 31797 3. The individual unit code is 075186 15797 8. The code dates are D3245D, D3145E, F3145E and D3245E.

The products were manufactured on February 20 and 21, and were shipped from the facility on February 21 and 22. These products were shipped to retail stores in the states of Iowa, Minnesota, North and South Dakota and Wisconsin. All have a Best Buy date of February 14, 2014.

"We are dedicated to manufacturing wholesome products for our customers," George Anichini, the Vice President of Operations of the company, said in a statement. "Consistent with that dedication, we are taking this voluntary action."

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Salmonella is a bacterium that is particularly harmful for the very young and the elderly or to anyone with immune systems that are particularly weak. Being infected with Salmonella can cause symptoms like diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps up to 72 hours after contact with the bacteria. The illness normally lasts between four to seven days.

However, in rare cases, Salmonella can be even more severe. The infection can spread from the intestines to the blood stream, causing serious complications like arterial infections, also known as infected aneurysms, and arthritis. In more severe cases like those, the condition can cause death unless the person receives treatment immediately with antibiotics. Each year, an estimated 43,000 cases of Salmonella are reported in the United States.

None of the company's other treats have been affected by the recall.

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