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Hershey, Mars Reaffirm Product Safety

HERSHEY, Pa. and HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. -- Reacting to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) expanded recall of peanut butter products produced at the Peanut Corp. of America's Blakely, Ga., facility, the Hershey Co. and Mars Snackfood US are two manufacturers reassuring their products are completely safe.

The Hershey Co. reaffirmed its previous statement related to peanuts, stating, "no products made by The Hershey Co., including items and brands in the iconic Reese’s franchise, are affected by the recall of items produced by the Peanut Corp. of America. Hershey does not purchase any peanut butter, peanuts or peanut products from the Peanut Corp. of America. Peanut butter for Reese's Peanut Butter Cups is made in Hershey facilities under the most stringent safety and quality standards."

All of the company's products with peanuts or peanut butter are completely safe to consume, the release stated, including Hershey’s, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Reese’s Big Cup, Reese’s Fast Break, Reese’s Crispy Crunchy, Reese’s Whipps, Reese’s Sticks, Reese’s Clusters, Reese’s Pieces, Nutrageous, Hershey’s Kisses with Peanut Butter, Hershey’s Miniatures, Mr. Goodbar, Payday, Take 5 and 5th Avenue.

Also safe are all seasonal treats and items sold to other food companies and used as ingredients in other products, the company reported.

Similarly, Mars Snackfood US issued a statement assuring, "Mars remains unaffected by the expanded recall of peanut products. We do not receive or process any peanuts, peanut meal, peanut butter and peanut paste from Peanut Corp. of America, the company the FDA pinpointed as the source of contaminated product. We have not been asked by the FDA to recall any of our products as a result of the Peanut Corp. of America recall action."

Mars products that do contain peanut products include M&M's Peanut Butter, Snickers, Snickers Ice Cream, Twix Peanut Butter, Kudos Peanut Butter Granola Bars and Ethel's Chocolate and Ethel M Chocolates collections -- and they are all safe to consume, the company confirmed.
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