KANSAS CITY — Hostess Brands, L.L.C. on Jan. 9 issued a voluntary recall for its Holiday White Peppermint Hostess Twinkies, which are sold in multipack boxes. The action was taken “out of an abundance of caution” following a recall by Blommer Chocolate Co. of the confectionery coating used on the Twinkies product.
According to Hostess, the confectionery coating on the Holiday White Peppermint Hostess Twinkies contains milk powder ingredients recalled by Valley Milk Products, L.L.C. due to a concern of Salmonella contamination. No illnesses have been reported to date, and none of the confectionery coating sampled has tested positive for Salmonella, Hostess said.
Hostess said the recall only applies to its White Peppermint Hostess Twinkies and does not affect any other Hostess products. The products were sold to mass merchandisers, grocery stores, distributors, dollar and discount stores, and convenience stores throughout the United States.
“Consumers who have purchased the affected product are urged to discontinue consumption and return them to the place of purchase for a full refund,” Hostess said.In December, Valley Milk Products initiated a recall of 50-lb bags of nonfat milk powder and sweet cream buttermilk powder produced from Dec. 10, 2015, to July 5, 2016. The company said the products received extensive testing and no harmful agents were identified, but the Food and Drug Administration raised concerns regarding the cleaning records for the drying equipment used to produce the products, casting doubt on whether any of the products may have contained Salmonella.