Melamine has been detected in a small number of chocolate bars sold with teddy bears at Walgreens stores, the Food and Drug Administration has said.
Here's the information released by the FDA Friday:
Walgreens is recalling 173 teddy bears with chocolate bars sold in stores since late September 2008. Analysis by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration found that certain samples of the chocolate provided with the teddy bears were contaminated with melamine. Customers who purchased any of the 173 teddy bears should return them immediately to the Walgreens stores where they were purchased for a full refund.
Walgreens already has instructed stores to stop selling the product, which is specifically described as an approximately 9-inch high Dressy Teddy Bear with 4-oz. Chocolate Bar. The product's UPC number is 047475864485, and the product tag also includes the item number 291332. Walgreens has not received any reports of illness or injury related to this product.
Walgreens takes the safety of its customers seriously and is working with the FDA on this recall. For additional information, visit Walgreens Web site at http://www.walgreens.com/images/pdfs/recalls/TeddyBear_Product_Safety.pdf or contact Walgreens Product Quality department at 847-315-2755, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Central time.
Melamine in dairy products from China, including chocolate, has been an ongoing concern in recent weeks and months. Until now, the only other U.S. product to show detectable levels of the industrial solvent were two brands of infant formula, which had trace amounts the FDA deemed safe.
Thousands of Chinese infants have had painful kidney stones because of the contamination, and several have died.
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