Mars Chocolate North America Issues Allergy Alert For Select Varieties Of COMBOS® For Potential Undeclared Peanut Residue

Jun 14, 2016, 20:30 ET from Mars Chocolate North America

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J., June 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Mars Chocolate North America announced a voluntary recall of certain varieties and limited dates of production of COMBOS® Cheddar Cheese Pretzel, COMBOS® Cheddar Cheese Cracker, COMBOS® Pizzeria Pretzel, COMBOS® Sweet and Salt Caramel Pretzel, COMBOS® Pepperoni Cracker, COMBOS® Buffalo Pretzel.  While those who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume products containing peanut allergens, the amount of peanut exposure from use of the flours and affected products is considered to be low and not expected to cause adverse health effects in the vast majority of peanut allergic consumers.

Mars initiated the recall after its supplier, Grain Craft, recalled certain lots of wheat flour that has the potential to contain low levels of peanut residue. The COMBOS® Brand products subject to the recall may have been produced using the recalled flour. Mars Chocolate is recalling the specific lot numbers referenced below. The FDA advises consumers with severe peanut allergies to avoid the recalled products listed on this page because of peanut residue in the flour used to make the products. The FDA have stated that the amount of peanut exposure from use of the flours and affected products is low and not expected to cause adverse health effects in the vast majority of peanut allergic consumers. To date, Mars Chocolate has received no reports of illness related to the products covered by this recall. No other Mars products are impacted by this recall.

The vast majority of these products were distributed throughout the United States, with the remainder being shipped internationally to the following countries: Bahamas, Jamaica, Virgin Islands-St Thomas, Antigua, Colombia, Panama, Puerto Rico, Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan and Singapore. The affected COMBOS® products have a "best before" date ranging from March, 2017 - April, 2017 on the back of the package. Directly underneath the "best before" date is a 10-digit manufacturing code that includes the code date numbers in the table below:

Item Number

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Description

UPC

Code Date

Best Before Date

10099128

http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160614/379428

COMBOS CHEDDAR CHEESE
PRETZEL - FAMILY PEG PACK -
6.3 OZ - 12/CA

41419420058

613EAALB01
613EBALB01
613ECALB01
613FAALB01
613FBALB01
614FAALB01
614FBALB01
614FCALB01

3/2017

10099130

http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160614/379429

COMBOS PIZZERIA PRETZEL -
MEDIUM BAG - 6.3 OZ - 12/CA

41419420065

613FBALB01
613FCALB01
613GAALB01
613GBALB01
614DCALB01
614EAALB01
614EBALB01
614ECALB01

4/2017

10099132

http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160614/379430

COMBOS CHEDDAR CHEESE
CRACKER - FAMILY PEG PACK -
6.3 OZ - 12/CA

41419420072

614AAALB01
614ABALB01
614ACALB01
614BAALB01

4/2017

10099135

http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160614/379431

COMBOS PEPPERONI CRACKER -
FAMILY PEG PACK - 6.3 OZ -
12/CA

41419420089

614BAALB01
614BBALB01
614BCALB01
614CAALB01

4/2017

10099141

http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160614/379432

COMBOS BUFFALO BLUE
CHEESE PRETZEL - FAMILY PEG
PACK - 6.3 OZ - 12/CA

41419420119

614CAALB01
614CBALB01
614CCALB01
614DAALB01
614DBALB01

4/2017

10109566

http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160614/379433

COMBOS SNACKS PIZZERIA
PRETZEL - 15 OZ - 8/CA

41419780473

613FBALB01
613FCALB01

4/2017

10109569

http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160614/379434

COMBOS SNACKS CHEDDAR
CHEESE PRETZEL - 15 OZ - 8/CA

41419780480

613EAALB01
613EBALB01
614FAALB01
614FBALB01

3/2017

10109577

http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160614/379435

COMBOS SNACKS CHEDDAR
CHEESE CRACKER - 15 OZ -
8/CA

41419780497

614AAALB01
614ABALB01
614ACALB01

4/2017

10117851

http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160614/379443

COMBOS SWEET AND SALTY
CARAMEL CREME PRETZEL -
FAMILY PEG PACK - 6.0 OZ -
12/CA

41419780879

613GBALB01
613GCALB01

4/2017

S1317100

http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160614/379436

COMBOS SNACKS CHEDDAR
CHEESE PRETZEL -
WAREHOUSE CLUB SINGLES
DISPLAY CASE - 1.80 OZ - 18 CT
- 12/CA

41419714713

613EAALB01
613EBALB01
613ECALB01

3/1/2017

S1317500

http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160614/379437

COMBOS SNACKS PIZZERIA
PRETZEL - WAREHOUSE CLUB
SINGLES DISPLAY CASE - 1.80
OZ - 18 CT - 12/CA

41419714751

613FBALB01
613FCALB01
613GAALB01
614DCALB01

4/1/2017

S4743000

http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160614/379438

"COMBOS" SNACK BUFFALO
BLUE CHEESE PRETZEL -
SINGLES - 1.80 OZ - 18 CT -
12/CA

41419474303

614CAALB01
614CBALB01
614CCALB01
614DAALB01

4/1/2017

S7147100

http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160614/379439

COMBOS SNACKS CHEDDAR
CHEESE PRETZEL - SINGLES -
1.80 OZ - 18 CT - 12/CA

41419714713

613ECALB01
613FAALB01
613FBALB01
614FAALB01
614FBALB01
614FCALB01

4/1/2017

S7147300

http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160614/379440

COMBOS PEPPERONI PIZZA
CRACKER - SINGLES - 1.70 OZ -
18 CT - 12/CA

41419714737

614BAALB01
614BBALB01
614BCALB01

4/1/2017

S7147400

http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160614/379441

COMBOS SNACKS CHEDDAR
CHEESE CRACKER - SINGLES -
1.70 OZ - 18 CT - 12/CA

41419714744

614AAALB01
614ABALB01
614ACALB01
614BAALB01

4/1/2017

S7147500

http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160614/379442

COMBOS PIZZERIA PRETZEL -
SINGLES - 1.80 OZ - 18 CT -
12/CA

41419714751

613GAALB01
613GBALB01
614DCALB01
614EAALB01
614EBALB01
614ECALB01

4/1/2017

 

Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160614/379404

Mars Chocolate will work with impacted retailers to ensure that the recalled product is no longer available for sale. In the event that consumers believe they have purchased this item and have allergy concerns, they should return this product to the store where they purchased it for a full refund.  Consumers with questions or concerns may call our toll-free number:   1-800-556-7881.  This number will be operational Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm (ET)

More information about the flour recall can be found on the FDA's website at: http://www.fda.gov/Food/RecallsOutbreaksEmergencies/SafetyAlertsAdvisories/ucm504002.htm.

Contact:  
Consumer:
1-800-556-7881

Media:
1-973-691-3536

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SOURCE Mars Chocolate North America