Cal Poly recalls student-made chocolate bars for possible contamination

Tram Nguyen

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Cal Poly chocolate bars potentially contaminated with undeclared allergens including peanuts, milk and soy — and possibly exposed to microbial contamination — have been recalled by the food science and nutrition (FSN) department along with the Cal Poly Corporation, according to a press release sent out by the university on Saturday.

According to university spokesperson Matt Lazier, the potentially contaminated bars were processed on equipment that may have experienced product buildup, meaning the allergens could have made contact with chocolate bars that did not originally contain those ingredients. This operations failure occurred late Oct. 3, and the bars were recalled immediately after.

Non-flavored bars (milk and dark chocolate) were processed on different equipment and are safe for consumption, Lazier said.

As of Monday, there were no reports of illness to confirm the contamination.

The FSN department and Cal Poly Corporation voluntarily issued a recall for flavored chocolate bars out of an abundance of caution, the release states.

Cal Poly chocolates are produced by students in Advanced Enterprise Project (FSN 401). It is the only university-based, chocolate production course in the country that uses exclusively organic and Fair Trade Certified chocolate.

The chocolate bars are sold at retail outlets and farmers’ markets around the Central Coast, at on-campus locations and online through the Cal Poly bookstore.

Customers can bring affected products back to the store where they purchased them for a full refund, or call at the FSN department at (805) 756-2660.

The voluntary product recall includes:

Cal Poly Chocolates Peanut Butter Crunch Bar; UPC# 7 45711 56310 8
Cal Poly Chocolates Peppermint Crunch Bar; UPC# 7 45711 56410 5
Cal Poly Chocolates Spicy Cayenne Bar; UPC# 7 45711 56710 6
Cal Poly Chocolates Pumpkin Spice Bar; UPC# 7 45711 56610 9
Cal Poly Chocolates Olallieberry Crisp Bar; UPC# 7 45711 56810 3
Cal Poly Chocolates Coffee Crunch Bar; UPC# 7 45711 56510 2

The voluntary product recall does not include:

Cal Poly Chocolates Milk Chocolate Bar; UPC# 7 45711 56110 4
Cal Poly Chocolates Dark Chocolate Bar; UPC# 7 45711 56210 1

List of retail outlets on the Central Coast that sell Cal Poly Chocolates:

Biddle Ranch Vineyard
California Fresh Market
Cal Poly Downtown Store
Crushed Grape
Embassy Suites Gift Shop
General Store-Paso Robles
Holiday Inn Express
Madonna Inn Gift Shop
Mama Ganache
New Frontier’s
See Canyon Fruit Ranch
San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden
Spencer’s Fresh Market- San Luis Obispo
Spencer’s Fresh Market- Santa Maria
Suite 1 Gallery
The Mercantile
Ventura County Museum
Violette Wings and Giftey Things
Vons – San Luis Obispo
Vons – Atascadero
Vons – Paso Robles
Vons – Grover Beach

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