Certain packages of organic cacao nibs are being recalled because of possible e. coli contamination, the Food and Drug Administration announced Saturday.
San Clemente-based FunFresh Foods Inc. has already collected 263 of 500 six-ounce packages of the World Berries Organic Cacao Nibs that were distributed between April 12 and April 17 to retail stores in California and 29 other states.
The snacks may be contaminated with an especially virulent form of e. coli bacteria called O157:H7, which has been known to cause hemolytic uremic syndrome in a small percentage of people. For the vast majority, the bacteria causes a virulent form of diarrhea.
The product's UPC code is 632474929022, affected lot code is 161104 and the use by date for products for the affected lot is April 14.
No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this product.
The company said its own testing indicated the potential for contamination. No other lots of this product, and no other FunFresh Foods products are affected by this recall.
Consumers should not consume the product. People who bought the Cacao Nibs should either return them to the place of purchase for a full refund or call FunFresh Foods Inc. at (800) 232-8619 to arrange for a full refund and retrieval of the product. The phone will be answered between8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
—City News Service contributed to this report.