Walgreens Recalls 173 Teddy Bears With Chocolate Bars Sold Since Late September 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- DEERFIELD, Ill., Dec. 5, 2008 – 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.
Thanks for alerting us with this important information. I no longer have a need to buy such gifts but I would be so grateful to you had I done so.
It was the "teddy bear" that caught my eye. But, knowing there was bad chocolate out there was serious as well!
As a journalist, I know the FDA provides alerts all the time--unfortunately, they don't all make the evening news. But you would think a recall like this--involving teddy bears--would be worth a more than a press release.
Thanks for digging it up.
I hope that everyone who purchased one of these has returned it, however it they bought it that long ago, chances are that the chocolate bar was the first thing to go...by mouth. Good research, Vicki.
Beverly, I never heard it on the news either. I saw it in passing and had to post it.
Pam, I hope that since there were so few sold, that they were kept for Christmas presents and haven't been given away yet.
Although, who can resist chocolate, right? Let's hope someone did!
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