The lollipops subject to the recall come in 14-ounce or 28-ounce bags containing cherry, watermelon, orange, and grape flavored lollipops, often called suckers.
Colombina says it does not believe its lollipops pose a health risk but is withdrawing candies identified by UPC code numbers 0 14272 10873 9 or 0 14272 10862 3 in lots numbered 1240695, 1209708, and 1209796 because of unspecified “traces” of foreign particles.
It says customers should return the lollipops to stores where they were purchased and receive a refund or credit. The offer applies to all bags of Mega Pops that customers may be concerned about, regardless of lot number, the company says.
“We are always guided by customer safety and satisfaction,’’ Carlos Gil, Colombina USA vice president, says in a news release posted on the FDA’s web site. “Using an abundance of caution, we are working with all our valued retailers to quickly remove the product from the shelves.”
Gil says the company has set up a 24-hour hotline to answer questions from consumers, 888-317-3686.
He says Colombina is working with the FDA as well as retailers, and that the effort won’t stop until “the matter has been resolved.”
Until it is, Mega Pops will be unavailable in the U.S. because Colombina has asked all retailers to remove the products from shelves.
One of Colombina’s retailers, Family Dollar Stores, says it is notifying customers in North Carolina of the possible presence of “metal fibers or flakes” in some Mega Pops lollipops. Family Dollar says it “does not believe that these foreign materials pose a health danger” but nevertheless has removed the product from its store shelves.
The product in question is Colombina Mega Pops, which feature the name “Colombina” printed on packaging.