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Walgreens recalls plush animals with chocolate bars sold in September

BY Jenna Duncan

DEERFIELD, Ill. Walgreens has issued a recall of 173 teddy bears that were stocked in some U.S. stores in late September, the company said Friday.

The recall was issued after the Food and Drug Administration tested chocolate that was packaged with the bears and found traces of melamine. Customers who purchased the bears are advised to return the toys and candy to Walgreens stores for full refunds.

Walgreens issued a statement to its stores to discontinue sales of the bears, described as “Dressy Teddy Bears,” which are nine inches high and include a 4-ounce chocolate bar. The bears are marked with the UPC number 047475864485 and product tag item number 291332.

At the time the recall statement was issued, Walgreens said that no injuries had been reported. More information on the recall can be found at www.walgreens.com/images/pdfs/recalls/TeddyBear_Product_Safety.pdf or by calling the Walgreens Product Quality department number, (847) 315-2755, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. (Central time), Monday through Friday.

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Lindt gets into the holiday spirit with seasonal packaging for its chocolates

BY Melissa Valliant

KILCHBERG, Switzerland Lindt just made the holidays a little sweeter. The Swiss chocolate manufacturer has refashioned its premium chocolate packaging with holiday designs and prices affordable enough to pick up a few for relatives and friends with a sweet tooth.

Lindt’s Holiday Tree, for $7.99, is filled with a bag of Lindor Truffles, and their red poinsettia box, for $6.99, brings to mind the holiday flower often used for decoration this time of year. The milk or dark chocolate Santa Claus, wrapped in brightly colored foiled, is available for only $3.99, as are the reindeer, which are wrapped in gold foil and are available in milk, dark and white chocolate.

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Research shows potential prebiotic qualities of enzyme-converted durum wheat

BY Jenna Duncan

NAPLES, READING, England, and BARCELONA Several new studies at universities in Europe have examined the possibility that enzyme-treated insoluble durum wheat could possibly be infused with prebiotic qualities, reports said.

Studies conducted by universities in Barcelona, Naples and Reading have examined adding Trichoderma enzymes to insoluble cereal fiber. Some results have appeared in a report published in the British Journal of Nutrition.

Reports stated that the addition of the enzyme produced soluble feruloyl oligosaccharides, also containing bifidobacteria and lactobacilli-boosting properties in a “model gut system”—bacteria known to aid in digestion.

Researchers have stated that if the studies can confirm the prebiotic potential of durum wheat plus enzymes, this fiber could join the growing line-up of commerical prebiotic/probiotic health supplements.

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