press release

September 4, 2016

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Carlisle, PA - Following a recall by Asher’s Chocolates/Lewistown, Inc., GIANT Food Stores, LLC and MARTIN’S Food Markets announced it removed from sale multiple Asher chocolate candy products due to potential Salmonella contamination.

The following products are included in this recall:

  • Asher's Milk Chocolate Mini Pretzels, 4 oz., UPC 8944970151 with lot numbers 000336481 & 000335482
  • Asher's Dark Chocolate Mini Pretzels, 4 oz., UPC 8944970152 with lot numbers 000335590 & 000336482
  • Asher's Almond Butter Crunch, 4 oz., UPC 8944970000 with lot number 000335623
  • Asher's Vanilla Caramels w/Sea Salt Dark, 4 oz., UPC 8944914666 with lot number 000336125
  • Asher's Fall Prepack - Milk Chocolate Pretzels, 4 oz., UPC 8944988341 with lot number 000336450
  • Asher's Fall Prepack - Dark Chocolate Pretzels, 4 oz., UPC, 8944988012 with lot number 000336450

GIANT/MARTIN’S has received no reports of illnesses to date. Consumption of food contaminated with Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial foodborne illnesses. Salmonella infections can be life-threatening, especially to those with weak immune systems, such as infants, the elderly and persons with HIV infection or undergoing chemotherapy. The most common manifestations of salmonellosis are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within eight to 72 hours. Additional symptoms may be chills, headache, nausea and vomiting that can last up to seven days.

Customers who have purchased this product should discard any unused portions and bring their purchase receipt to GIANT/MARTIN’S for a full refund.

Consumers looking for additional information on the recall may call Asher’s Chocolates at 888-288-3880. In addition customers may call GIANT/MARTIN’S Customer Service at 1-888-814-4268 for more information. Customers can also visit the GIANT or MARTIN'S websites.


GIANT/MARTIN’S is committed to working every day to help its customers save money, save time and eat well. Founded in 1923 in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, GIANT/MARTIN’S operates nearly 200 grocery stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, under the names of GIANT Food Stores and MARTIN’S Food Markets. GIANT/MARTIN’S employs more than 33,000 associates and is a division of Ahold USA. In addition to working with hundreds of local and regional organizations annually, GIANT/MARTIN’S has a long-standing focus on efforts to eradicate hunger and improve the quality of life for children. GIANT/MARTIN’S is one of the top ten fund-raisers in the country for local Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. The company was also recognized as 2015 Chain Retailer of the Year by Grocery Headquarters. For more information visit the GIANT or MARTIN'S websites. Find GIANT and MARTIN'S on Facebook and on Twitter @GiantFoodStores or @MartinsFoodMkts.