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Health Hazard Alert - CERTAIN XAN CONFECTIONS brand PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE PRODUCTS may contain Salmonella bacteria

Recall / advisory date:
October 12, 2012
Reason for recall / advisory:
Microbiological - Salmonella
Hazard classification:
Class 1
Company / Firm:
Focus Foods
Extent of the distribution:
Reference number:

Advisory details

Ottawa, October 12, 2012 - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume the Xan Confections brand Peanut Butter Chocolate products described below because the products may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The following Xan Confections brand products were sold from bulk:

  • (#093) Milk Mini BigMouth
  • (#094) Dark Mini BigMouth
  • (#090) Peanut Butter Crunch LadybuG
  • (#296) Peanut Butter LadybuG
  • (#115) Mini Peanut Butter Crunch LadybuG
  • (#096) Peanut Butter Jewel
  • (#233) Milk BigMouth
  • (#232) Dark BigMouth
  • (#273) Dark Peanut Butter Cup
  • (#254) Milk Peanut Butter Cup

These products may have been distributed through retail stores nationally and through Internet sales.

The bulk products described above have been sold without UPC or Best By dates. Consumers who have purchased the products from bulk or Internet sales from May 28, 2012 to October 11, 2012, inclusive are advised to check with their place of purchase to determine if their products are affected by this recall.

The CFIA is working with the Canadian importers to remove the affected product from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.

These products have been recalled by the legal agents in the United States. For more information on these recalls please see the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website at:

Affected products

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC
Xan Confections (#284) 4-piece Mini BigMouth 4-piece gift box Oct. 20, 2012;
Nov. 3, 2012;
Nov. 25, 2012
8 95784 00284 1
Xan Confections (#002) 6-piece Mini BigMouth 6-piece gift box Oct.. 20, 2012;
Nov. 3, 2012;
Nov. 24, 2012
8 15744 01002 0
Xan Confections (#079) 4-piece Peanut Butter 4-piece gift box Nov. 18, 2012 8 15744 01079 2

More information

Food contaminated with Salmonella may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with these bacteria may cause salmonellosis, a foodborne illness. In young children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems, salmonellosis may cause serious and sometimes deadly infections. In otherwise healthy people, salmonellosis may cause short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Long-term complications may include severe arthritis.

For more information on foodborne pathogens, visit the Causes of Food Poisoning web page.

For more information, consumers and industry can contact the CFIA by filling out the online feedback form.

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