press release

October 15, 2012

Christopher Brand
[email protected]


Carlisle, PA – GIANT Food Stores, LLC and MARTIN’S Food Markets, following a recall by Creative Energy Foods, Inc., announced it removed from sale several varieties of its Crunch® thinkThin line of nutrition bars due to possible salmonella contamination in the nuts.

The following products are included in this recall:

  • thinkThin Crunch® Mixed Nuts Bar, UPC 75365670840, 1.41 oz., with all best by dates prior to 07/09/13
  • thinkThin Crunch® White Chocolate Dipped Mixed Nuts Bar, UPC 75365670861, 1.41 oz., with all best by dates prior to 06/22/13
  • thinkThin Crunch® Chocolate Dipped Mixed Nuts Bar, UPC 75365670843, 1.41 oz., with all best by dates prior to 07/18/13
  • thinkThin Crunch® Caramel Chocolate Dipped Mixed Nuts Bar, UPC 75365670879, 1.41 oz., with all best by dates prior to 07/13/13

To date, GIANT/MARTIN’S has received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of this product. Customers who have purchased the product should discard any unused portions and bring their purchase receipt to GIANT/MARTIN’S for a full refund.

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.

Consumers looking for additional information on the recall may call Creative Energy Foods at 510-567-1200, ext. #1. In addition customers may call GIANT/MARTIN’S customer service at 1-888-814-4268 for more information. Customers can also visit the GIANT/MARTIN’S websites at or About GIANT/MARTIN’S

Headquartered 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 31,000 associates. Founded in 1923, GIANT and MARTIN’S have a long-standing commitment to eradicate hunger and improve the quality of life for children in addition to working with hundreds of local organizations annually. The company was recognized for its leadership in the fight against hunger with the Golden Grocer Award by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In addition, GIANT/MARTIN’S is one of the top ten fund-raisers in the country for local Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. GIANT and MARTIN’S are Ahold companies. For more information visit and Find us on Facebook at and