Kraft recalls white chocolate
Food conglomerate says packages of Baker's Premium White Chocolate Baking Squares could potentially be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria.
( AP ) -- Packaged foods maker Kraft Foods issued a recall in the U.S. for its Baker's Premium White Chocolate Baking Squares due to concerns that the product may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria.
The affected packages have UPC Code 0043000252200 and four best-when-used-by dates: 31 MAR 2008 XCZ; 01 APR 2008 XCZ; 02 APR 2008 XCZ; and 03 APR 2008 XCZ, the company said late Wednesday.
Symptoms of foodborne illness caused by Salmonella include fever, diarrhea and abdominal cramps. In people with poor underlying health or weakened immune systems, Salmonella can invade the bloodstream and cause life-threatening infections.
The product was distributed nationwide. Kraft said consumers shouldn't consume the recalled product and should discard any product they may have.
The potential for contamination was noted after testing by the Food and Drug Administration detected the presence of Salmonella in some packages of the chocolate. The company said it is "aggressively investigating" the source of the problem.
This recall is only for Baker's Premium White Chocolate Baking Squares; no other varieties of Baker's White Chocolate or any other Baker's products sold in the United States are impacted by the recall.