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White chocolate from Kraft Foods

From Times Wire Services

Kraft Foods recalled white chocolate distributed in the United States because of possible salmonella contamination. Kraft said consumers who purchased its 6-ounce Baker’s Premium White Chocolate Baking Squares should discard the product. The recalled product was distributed nationally and has the UPC Code 0043000252200 and “for best when used by” dates of March 31, April 1, April 2 and April 3, 2008.

The Food and Drug Administration detected the presence of salmonella in some packages of the white chocolate baking squares during tests, according to Kraft. Kraft said in a statement that it was aggressively investigating the source of the problem.

Consumers can request reimbursement or ask other questions about the recall by calling Kraft at ( 800) 310-3704.

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