Health Department Warns of Recalled Chocolate Gold Coins

For Immediate Release: Oct. 29, 2008
Media Contact: Communication Office
Vermont Department of Health
802-863-7281

BURLINGTON – The Vermont Department of Health is advising anyone who may have purchased Sherwood Brands Pirate’s Gold Milk Chocolate Coins, recalled this month by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), not to eat or distribute the coins.

The candy, widely distributed in Canada, according to the CFIA, was recalled because it may contain melamine, a harmful chemical.

No illnesses related to the candy have been reported in Canada or the United States.

“Although the CFIA advisory indicates that the health risk associated with this product is considered to be low, we wanted to warn Vermonters – who may have purchased the chocolate coins in Canada – to check the brand and make sure it is not the product that was recalled,” said Health Commissioner Wendy Davis, MD.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been contacted by the Vermont Department of Health and is looking into whether or not the product may have been distributed in the United States.

Anyone with questions about this are asked to call the Vermont Department of Health at 802-863-7240 or 1-800-640-4374 (in Vermont).

The recall announcement by the CFIA is posted online at: http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/Canadian-Food-Inspection-Agency-908272.html

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