Salmonella Risk Prompts Easter Candy Recall

Medically Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD on March 01, 2013
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March 1, 2013 -- A candy company is recalling some chocolate-covered marshmallow eggs because of possible salmonella contamination.

Zachary Confections, Inc., says its Zachary Chocolate-Covered Marshmallow Eggs should be thrown out or returned to the store.

The affected candy was shipped to stores in Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Look for this information on the side panel of the product packaging next to the Unit UPC bar code label:

  • Zachary Chocolate-Covered Marshmallow Egg Crates in a white, 5-ounce package
  • Unit UPC code: 0 75186 15797 8
  • Code dates: D3245D; D3145E; F3145E; D3245E
  • Best Buy Date: 02/14/14

Zachary says the candy is possibly contaminated with salmonella, but it doesn't say how that might have happened. The bacteria was found during routine testing. Production is on hold until the FDA and the company finds the source.

No one has reported getting sick from the chocolate-covered marshmallow eggs. An infection caused by salmonella can cause nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, diarrhea (sometimes bloody), fever, and headache.

Get more details from the FDA.