Effective immediately – The Company Harry and David, LLC has taken the precautionary measure of voluntarily recalling some of its products. This includes its 12 oz. jars of Harry & David Crunchy Almond and Peanut Butter, Harry & David Creamy Banana Peanut Spread, and Harry & David Creamy Raspberry Peanut Spread.
All of these products have been labeled with “Best By” dates of MAY 1, 2013 through SEPT 24, 2013. The following items being voluntarily recalled include the multi-component food items which included the above-named peanut butter products such as: Harry & David Apple Snack Box, Wolferman’s Bee Sweet Gift Basket, Wolferman’s Hearty Snack Gift Basket, Wolferman’s All-Day Assortment Gift Basket, and Wolferman’s Father’s Day Basket.
These products contain the “Best By” date which is located on the upper part of the peanut butter product jar near the lid. These recalled peanut butter products were produced by Sunland, Inc.
This voluntary recall has been initiated by Harry and David, LLC after learning of a Sunland, Inc. recall of products which included a variety of Harry & David brand peanut butter products. These products were manufactured between May 1, 2012 and September 24, 2012, due to possible Salmonella contamination.
It is important for consumers to know that eating food that is contaminated with salmonella can cause salmonellosis. This is the most common food poisoning illnesses. This infection can be life threatening, this is especially true for those who have a weak immune system. The most vulnerable, are infants and the elderly. Some symptoms of salmonellosis are:
· Abdominal cramps
This usually happens within the first eight to 72 hours. Additional symptoms may include:
· Nausea and or/vomiting
These symptoms can last for up to seven days. The Mayo Clinic makes it clear that salmonellosis can cause life-threatening complications that may develop if the infection spreads beyond the intestines. The risk of salmonella infection is higher for those who are traveling to countries with poor sanitation.
The Mayo Clinic explains the contamination of salmonella infection can cause dehydration. The replacement of fluids and electrolytes is the main focus of treatment. Yet, severe cases may require hospitalization and fluid replenishing directly into veins (intravenous). In addition, those severely infected may be prescribed the following from their doctor:
· Anti-diarrheals. Medications like loperamide (Imodium) can help relieve cramping, but they may also prolong the diarrhea associated with salmonella infection.
· Antibiotics. If your doctor suspects that salmonella bacteria have entered your bloodstream, or if you have a severe case or a compromised immune system, he or she may prescribe antibiotics to kill the bacteria. Antibiotics are not of benefit in uncomplicated cases. In fact, antibiotics may prolong the period in which you carry the bacteria and can infect others, and they can increase your risk of relapse.
This recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). To date, there have been no illnesses or injuries reported in connection with the Harry & David brand recalled products, and no other Harry & David products are being recalled at this time.
Consumers with recalled product are urged not to eat the product, and to dispose of it or return it to any Harry & David retail store for a full refund. Consumers with questions about the recalled products may phone the Harry & David Customer Service division at 800-233-1101, 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. PDT.