Giant Eagle recalls candy because of possible peanut allergen

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Giant Eagle has recalled Candy Place Chocolate Santas packages as a result of an undeclared undeclared peanut allergen in the candy.

While the individual peanut-butter-filled candies reference "peanut butter" on the packaging, peanuts are not listed as an ingredient on the primary package label, creating the potential for a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if consumed by people with a peanut allergy. The product is safe for consumption by those who do not have a peanut allergy, the company said in a news release Saturday.

The affected product was sold in 11-ounce packages with the UPC code 3003407341, and included chocolate, caramel and peanut butter varieties of chocolate candy. The product was purchased by about 1,100 customers in Giant Eagle supermarkets in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Maryland since Oct. 1.

No illnesses have been reported to date, the company said. Consumers may return affected product to any Giant Eagle supermarket location for a full refund.

Consumers with questions can call George J. Howe Co., the manufacturer, at 1-800-367-4693 between  8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. EST Monday through Friday.

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