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Food Safety Alert

October 10, 2007

Jessica A. Chittenden
518-457-3136
jessica.chittenden@agriculture.ny.gov

Vintage Chocolates Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk Traces in Soy Milk Chocolate Bars

Vintage Chocolates Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk Traces in Soy Milk Chocolate Bars
Contact:
Vintage Plantation Chocolates
908-354-9304
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Elizabeth, NJ -- October 10, 2007 -- Vintage Chocolates Inc. of Elizabeth, New Jersey is recalling 4,455 bars of soy milk chocolate, because it may contains undeclared traces of milk. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this soy milk chocolate bar.

The Soy Milk chocolate bar was distributed in the following states: New York, New Jersey , Pennsylvania, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont, Wisconsin., New Mexico, Virginia, Washington, Oregon, California, Michigan, Ohio. This product was available through retail stores and chain stores and through our web site: echocolates.com.

The bar is presented in a beige cardboard package of 3.5 oz, depicting tree with a green band on top stating "43% Soy milk or 38% Soy milk". On the back of the package one would find; the following information: UPC: 797148000398.

There is one incident involving a child who developed rashes that has been confirmed to date.
This incident triggered an analysis of the formulation, and product analysis to determine the origin of the problem. We think the traces of milk came from a cross contamination issue during processing. We are currently designing a new process to specifically tackle this problem.

Consumers who have purchased The Vintage Plantation Soy milk bars are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at: 1-800-207-7058.

Photo: Vintage Soy Milk Chocolate Bars
http://www.fda.gov/oc/po/firmrecalls/photos/vintage10_07.html
FDA's Pilot Program to Better Educate Consumers about Recalled Food Products
http://www.fda.gov/oc/po/firmrecalls/pilot.html


2007 Consumer Alerts