Kilwin’s Quality Confections, Inc. of Petoskey, MI, is recalling all of its seven-ounce packages of chocolate-covered peanuts and bulk chocolate-covered peanuts sold in its retail stores prior to April 1, 2009, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

The recalled chocolate-covered peanuts were sold in Kilwin’s retail stores located in the following states: Michigan, Florida, Illinois, Wisconsin, Colorado, Rhode Island, Georgia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina.

The product comes in a seven-ounce, gold foiled plastic package with a clear center section, and is labeled "Milk Chocolate Peanuts" and "Fresh dry roasted peanuts covered in creamy milk chocolate", Kilwin’s Quality Confections, Petosky, MI 49770.  The barcode on the package is 001615.  Additionally, the product was sold in bulk bins, by weight, at Kilwin’s retail stores.

Any of these products purchased at Kilwin’s stores on or after April 1, 2009 are not subject to this recall.
The potential for contamination was noted after the company’s peanut supplier voluntarily recalled their product because these peanuts were subject to the PCA Texas facility recall.

Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

Consumers who have purchased the recalled products from a Kilwin’s retail store prior to April 1, 2009 are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Kilwin’s at 1-231-347-3800, Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. 

For a complete list of recalled products involving PCA and other companies visit http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/default.htm.  A picture of the product may be seen here Photo: Product Labels.