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Kraft recalls Baker's Premium White Chocolate

A box of Kraft's Baker's Premium White Chocolate Baking Squares in an undated handout photo, released to Reuters on October 4, 2007. Kraft Foods Inc said on Wednesday it recalled Baker's Premium White Chocolate Baking Squares distributed throughout the United States due to possible salmonella contamination. REUTERS/Kraft Foods Inc./Handout

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Kraft Foods Inc said on Wednesday it recalled Baker’s Premium White Chocolate Baking Squares distributed throughout the United States due to possible salmonella contamination.

The company said the recalled product is in 6-ounce packages with UPC Code 0043000252200 and the following “best when used by” dates: 31 MAR 2008 XCZ, 01 APR 2008 XCZ, 02 APR 2008 XCZ, 03 APR 2008 XCZ.

Some 24,000 cases of the product involved in the recall were produced, Kraft spokeswoman Cathy Pernu said. So far there have been no reports of illness, she said.

Kraft said it was notified of the possible contamination after testing by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration detected the presence of salmonella in some 6-oz. packages.

Pernu said Kraft is investigating the source of the problem.

Salmonella is a bacterium that causes food-borne illness. Symptoms include fever, diarrhea and abdominal cramps. In people with poor health or weakened immune systems, salmonella can cause life-threatening infections.

Reporting by Lisa Baertlein, and Joe Giannone in New York

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