Almost all major confectioneries and producers of food items in the United States release an assortment of novelty seasonal items during the holiday season. Mars Chocolate North America is no different and they have released Dove Chocolate Assortment Snowflakes to mark the occasion. This assortment may contain pieces of Snickers, Milky Way and Twix, which contains peanut, wheat and egg allergens. As per FDA guidelines, the presence of all potential food allergens needs to be mentioned on the packaging, which the company failed to do.
Mars Chocolate North America became aware of the issue when a customer notified the company after finding a piece of Snickers in the package. As a result, they have now recalled 6700 cases of Dove Chocolate Assortment Snowflakes. Thankfully there have not been any reported illnesses that were caused by the consumption of this product.
In a statement, Mars Chocolate North America stated that Dove Chocolate Assortment Snowflakes are sold in 24 oz. purple plastic bags that are available at only one at “one major retailer”. The company did not reveal which retailer this product was sold out of. However, we did some research and found out that it was sold out of Walmart. The item # of the recalled product is 10139802, the UPC code is 400050521 and it has the lot codes of either 537CG4PA30, 537DG4PA30, 538AG4PA30, 538AM4PA30, 541AG4PA20 or 542EM4PA20. They were sold in AZ, GA, MA, MS, OH, VA, CA, IA, MD, NH, OK, VT, CO, IL, ME, NJ, OR, WA, CT, IN, MI, NM, PA, WI, DE, KS, MN, NV, RI, WY, FL, KY, MO, NY and TX between September 19, 2015 through December 1, 2015.
People who suffer from peanut allergies may go into an anaphylactic shock if they come in contact with peanuts. This reaction can soon turn fatal, if the patient does not immediately receive a dose of epinephrine. Other, less threatening symptoms of peanut allergies are:
- Itchy skin or hives
- An itching or a tingling sensation in the mouth or throat
- A runny or congested nose
Celiac disease or gluten intolerance has only been very recently recognized as a valid medical condition, although it is still hotly debated in the medical community. People suffering from this affliction are unable to process gluten, a combination of gliadin and glutenin, two types of protein that are usually present in wheat and other cereals.  These proteins trigger an auto-immune response among people who are gluten intolerant.
People who are allergic to gluten will display the following symptoms after consuming gluten:
- Abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Some may face bloating and constipation instead.
- Trouble breathing or asthma
- Swollen lips
- Mouth ulcers
- General irritability
- Rapid weight loss
- Rashes or hives
- Anaphylaxis, which can be fatal if no one is at hand to administer a dose of epinephrine or adrenaline.
About 2% of American children are allergic to eggs. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, about 70% of these children outgrow the condition by the time they reach the age of sixteen. If anyone suffers from an egg allergy, they will show the following symptoms after consuming eggs or any product that has eggs as one of its ingredients:
- A mild rash or even hives
- Have trouble breathing
- Stomach ache
It is to be noted that anaphylaxis is rarely caused by an allergic reaction to eggs, however it can happen and if it does, it can potentially be fatal for the sufferer unless someone is at hand to administer a dose of adrenalin.
If you or a loved one is allergic to peanuts, gluten or eggs and have consumed Dove Chocolate Assortment Snowflakes in the recent past, we would request you to seek immediate medical help.
Mars Chocolate North America is saying that they are working with the “major retailer” to ensure that the impacted products are removed from the shelves. In the meantime, they are requesting their consumers to return the recalled lots of the product at the place of purchase for a full refund. If you have any questions or concerns about the recall, you can contact the company directly at +1 (800) 551-0907.