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Massive Halloween Candy Recall: Nestle, Hershey's and Other Brands Affected

It seems like the call for parents to check their children’s Halloween candy was heard often in the mid 1980′s (the decade I trick or treated my way around the neighborhood) but less often made nowadays.  Perhaps the media cry wore thin.  It’s easy to believe that the little packages of candy, so cautiously packaged from a manufacturing plan, could be dangerous anymore.  There are safety procedures in place, right?  Surely our technology has gotten to a point of that can be trusted, right?  It seems such thinking can be permanantly tucked by the wayside.  This year, we’ve seen millions of eggs recalled, meat infected with listeria, glass shards in our frozen veggies.  And now, post-candy Halloween celebrating is being cut short, as a mindboggling number of companies issue voluntary recalls for the food your tots picked up over the weekend.  Here are all of the current recalls in place for Halloween candy.

NESTLE RAISINETS

  • Affected Product: Fun Sized bags of Raisinets (10 oz. size), have been recalled after consumers purchased bags which contained unlabeled peanuts in the product.
  • What to Do:  Check your bag for the production code 02015748, UPC number 2800010255. If your product includes either of these labels, Nestle advises you to throw the remaining packages away and contact their Consumer Service at 1-800-478-5670 for a full refund.

HERSHEY’S YORK PIECES

  • Affected Product: Several 5 oz. bags of bite sized Hershey’s York Pieces have been found to have pieces of metal in their packages.
  • What to do: Check for the UPC code 34000-11435-000 and production codes starting with 27 or 28. If you have products with these codes, contact Hersey’s customer relations hotline at 1-800-468-1714.

MEGA POP SUCKERS

Affected product: Columbina USA Mega Pop Lollipops, which are imported from Columbia, have been recalled due to potentially hazardous metal and other foreign objects in the candy. 

What to do: Candy in 14 and 28 oz. packages are affected by the recall. Check the packages for UPC codes 0 14272 10873 9 or 0 14272 10862 3,  Lot numbers #1240695, #1209708, or #1209796. The company asks consumers to return the Mega Pop Lollipops to their point of purchase for a full refund or credit. Or, contact Columbina at 1-888-317-3686.

Three other companies have issued candy recalls.  The Cocon Grape Gummies, Chula Vista Saladitos, and Anhing Ginger Candy are all being recalled due to extremely high levels of lead.  For more information on those recalls, click here.

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