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Easter is Saved – No Salmonella in Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Eggs

Tip o’ pen to JoNel Aleccia, Staff Writer, NBC News for reporting the Easter has been saved.  According to Ms. Aleccia, the Indiana firm that recalled its Zachary Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Eggs less than a month before Easter over fears of salmonella contamination now says that a test was wrong and the candy is fine.

Zachary Confections Inc. of Frankfort, Ind., voluntarily pulled four lots of its popular holiday treat on Feb. 27 after a test of one lot by an independent, third-party laboratory indicated a positive result for Salmonella bacteria, which can cause illness in people.

Company officials and investigators with the Food and Drug Administration suspended production of the treats until a source could be found, a press release said. But then the lab reported that further testing of the sample detected no Salmonella, according to George Anichini, the company’s vice president of operations.

“Accordingly, all post-production samples of Zachary Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Eggs have now been confirmed not to contain salmonella and are safe for consumption,” firm officials said in a press release.