DENVER–Stonewall Kitchen of York, Maine, is voluntarily recalling seven dessert sauces because of potential contamination with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium which can cause life-threatening illness or death.
Consumers are warned not to use the product even if it does not look or smell spoiled. The product may be returned to the store where purchased for a refund.
“In Colorado, the most likely way a consumer may have purchased this product is via catalog and Internet. Products could have been purchased individually or within a gift basket,” said Daniel Rifkin, Wholesale Food manager with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
The following list of recalled products was distributed nationwide to consumers through the nine Stonewall Kitchen Company Stores, Stonewall Kitchen’s direct-to-consumer division through catalog sales and the Internet, and through the company’s wholesale division:
- Stonewall Kitchen Chocolate Hazelnut Sauce, (SKU 161312) – round glass jar, 12 oz.
- Stonewall Kitchen Chocolate Peanut Butter (SKU 161211) – round glass jar, 12 oz.
- Stonewall Kitchen Coffee Caramel Sauce (SKU 161204) – round glass jar, 13 oz.
- Stonewall Kitchen Dulce de Leche Sauce (SKU 161214) – round glass jar, 12.5 oz.
- Barefoot Contessa Espresso Dulce de Leche (SKU 542313) – round glass jar, 10.5 oz.
Additionally, the following list of products was distributed nationwide to consumers through A-Hold Corporation (Stop & Shop and Giant stores):
- Simply Enjoy Coffee Caramel Sauce – square glass jar, 13 oz.
- Simply Enjoy Chocolate Peanut Butter Sauce – square glass jar, 12 oz.
Botulism, a potentially fatal form of food poisoning, can cause general weakness, dizziness, double-vision and trouble with speaking or swallowing. Difficulty breathing, muscle weakness and abdominal distension and constipation also may be common symptoms.
People experiencing these problems should seek immediate medical attention.
To date, Stonewall Kitchen has not received any reports of illness from the dessert sauces.
The products were recalled when it was found that the pH level and water activity during manufacturing did not meet food safety standards.