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Cal Poly recalls some chocolate bars because of allergen

Cal Poly has announced a recall of some varieties of their chocolate bars.
Cal Poly has announced a recall of some varieties of their chocolate bars. dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

Cal Poly has reported a voluntary recall of several varieties of its Cal Poly Chocolates products because of a potential allergen not reported on its packaging.

The campus Food Science & Nutrition Department said milk was added to dark chocolate candy bars, but not listed as an ingredient.

According to officials, a “raw-ingredient supplier reformulated their product to include a small amount of milk, which was not subsequently listed in the ingredient list on the Cal Poly labels.”

The voluntary recall is being initiated out of an abundance of caution and no illnesses have been reported, university spokesman Matt Lazier said.

The chocolate products are sold at retail outlets and farmers markets around the Central Coast, at locations on campus and online through the Cal Poly Bookstore.

Consumers who have an allergy to milk should not consume the product and can bring it back to the store where they bought the candy for a full refund, or contact the Cal Poly Food Science & Nutrition Department at 756-2660.

The voluntary product recall includes the following products made and sold since July 29, 2014:

  • Cal Poly Chocolates Dark Chocolate Bar; UPC No. 745711562101
  • Cal Poly Chocolates Peppermint Crunch Bar; UPC No. 745711564105
  • Cal Poly Chocolates Coffee Crunch Bar; UPC No. 745711565102
  • Cal Poly Chocolates Spicy Cayenne Bar; UPC No. 745711567106
  • Cal Poly Chocolates Raspberry Crisp Bar (limited edition; no UPC code)
  • Cal Poly Chocolates Original Bark candy (limited edition; no UPC code)
  • The limited edition Raspberry Crisp Bar was sold at Open House on campus in April, and the limited edition Original Bark was sold and distributed as gifts in June.

    Previous recall

    In October, Cal Poly issued a voluntary recall for six of its chocolate candy bars, citing possible contaminations.

    The bars may have been tainted with peanut, milk or soy allergens and possibly exposed to microbial contamination, which can include infectious materials such as bacteria, yeast, or mold, the university said.

    No illnesses have been reported because of that contamination. Those recalled candy bars are:

    • Cal Poly Chocolates Peppermint Crunch Bar; UPC No. 745711563108
  • Cal Poly Chocolates Peppermint Crunch Bar; UPC No. 745711564105
  • Cal Poly Chocolates Spicy Cayenne Bar; UPC No. 745711567106
  • Cal Poly Chocolates Pumpkin Spice Bar; UPC No. 745711566109
  • Cal Poly Chocolates Olallieberry Crisp Bar; UPC No. 74571156810
  • Cal Poly Chocolates Coffee Crunch Bar; UPC No. 745711565102
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