SAN CLEMENTE (CBS) — A San Clemente-based company is recalling packages of organic cacoa nib snack food sold in California because of possible bacterial contamination, the firm said Sunday.
FunFresh Foods, in consultation with the FDA, says the snack may be contaminated with an especially-virulent form of e. coli bacteria called O157:H7, which has been known to cause hemolytic uremic syndrome in a small percentage of people. For the vast majority, the bacteria causes a virulent form of diarrhea.
The cacoa nubs are packaged in six-ounce packages. About 500 packages were distributed, and 263 of those have alread been pulled from shelves for destruction. The packages were distributed between April 12 and April 17 to retail stores in California and 29 other states, including as far east as New Jersey.
The product comes is sold under a World Berries brand name, with UPC code 632474929022, affected lot code 161104 and the use by date for products for the affected lot 04/14.
No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this product.
The company said its own testing indicated the potential for contamination. No other lots of this product and no other FunFresh Foods products are affected by this recall.
Consumers should not consume the product, and can call (800) 232-8619 for more information.