Vitamin Cottage recalls dark chocolate almonds because of undeclared peanuts

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DENVER — Lakewood-based company Vitamin Cottage Natural Food Markets Inc. is recalling a lot of 6 ounce packages of Natural Grocers brand dark chocolate almonds.

The packages may have peanuts in them, but there is no mention of the peanuts on the label.

“People who have an allergy to peanuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product,” said a FDA recall notice.

The recalled product lot is comprised of 1,091 six-ounce bags bearing UPC code 0-0008265007-0 and the Julian packed-on date “13-351”.

The dark chocolate covered peanuts are similar in color and sheen to the almonds, but the peanuts are about one-half size compared to the almonds.

The product was distributed to some of Natural Grocers‘ 75 stores located in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Wyoming in late December, 2013.

Only packages bearing the Julian packed on date “13-351” are subject to recall.

The problem was reported to the company by a customer who discovered some dark chocolate covered peanuts inside a package.

The company has not received any reports of people getting sick from the almonds.

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