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Source:  Company
December 30, 1998


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.


The information contained herein has been obtained from sources that the Company believes to be reliable, however, the Company has not independently verified or confirmed the information and the recipient acknowledges that no representations or warranties are being made in connection with the use of the information.