December 30, 1998
ELITE CONFECTIONS USA, INC,. ISSUES
ALLERGY ALERT ON MILK CHOCOLATE GOLD COINS BECAUSE THE PRODUCTS MAY CONTAIN PEANUTS
Elite Confections USA, Inc., is recalling Milk
Chocolate Gold Coins because they may contain undeclared peanut residues. People who
have allergies to peanuts run the risk of a serious or life threatening allergic reaction
if they consume this product.
The product was distributed to wholesale
distributors and retail establishments nationwide. Elite Confections USA, Inc., does
not believe any of the product remains in commercial channels, but consumers may have the
product in their homes.
There are two packaging styles of the Milk
Chocolate Gold Coins. One style is sold primarily for Hanukkah and is sold in
cartons containing 24 boxes, each box contains 24 5/8 oz. yellow mesh bags, each bag
contains five gold coins. The bags are secured with red tags labeled elite MILK
CHOCOLATE COINS', the UPC code for the individual mesh bag is 77245-10184. The inner
box is labeled 'elite***MADE BY ELITE LTD., TAMAT GAN, ISRAEL***MILK CHOCOLATE GOLD COINS
CHOCOLATE AU LAIT LOUIS D'OR***ART. NO. 128705 5/8***24 BAGS***.
The other style identified as "Presidents
Gold Coins" is sold in carton containing six unlabeled plastic containers, each
containing 48 mesh bags, each bag containing one large coin and four smaller coins, the
bags are secured with a dark blue tag labeled 'elite MILK CHOCOLATE COINS', the UPC code
for the individual mesh bag is 77245-10617. There are no expiration dates. The
manufacturing and sales cycle for the suspected lots is believed to have started in/about
April 1998 and ended November 1998.
The recall was initiated after the U.S. Food and
Drug Administration received two unrelated complaints of a child suffering an allergic
reaction after ingesting the Milk Chocolate Gold Coins. The two children are known
to be allergic to peanuts.
consumers who have purchases Elite Milk Chocolate
Gold Coins are urged to return the product to the place of purchase. Consumers with
questions may contact the company at (718)402-7800.