No M&M’s candies with undeclared peanut butter found in Vietnam: health ministry

By Lien Chau, Thanh Nien News

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No M&M’s candies with undeclared peanut butter found in Vietnam: health ministry
Vietnam's health ministry on Thursday said none of the M&M's chocolate candies containing undeclared peanut butter that could cause serious reactions to consumers allergic to peanuts has been found in Vietnam.
A statement from the ministry’s Food Safety Department said it has been informed by the U.S.’s Food and Drug Administration of the recall by Mars Chocolate North America of 27 lots of M&M’s theater boxes.
Theatre boxes of the candies are marked as milk chocolate, but the bags inside those boxes contain peanut butter M&M’s. The inside bags are correctly labeled with ingredients and allergy information, according to the U.S. FDA.
Vietnam's food safety department have conducted checks at several supermarkets in Hanoi and found no item from the recalled lots, the statement said.
A Ho Chi Minh City-based representative of Mars Chocolate also filed a written guarantee which stated that the lots have not been sold to the city.
Mars Chocolate North America announced the voluntary recall on September 19.
“[Consumers allergic to peanuts] run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if their theater box contains an inner M&Ms Brand Peanut Butter bag and they consume the product,” FDA said in the release.
But no such case has been reported.

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