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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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Winn-Dixie remodels Pensacola, Fla., stores

BY Melissa Valliant

PENSACOLA, Fla. Winn-Dixie grocery stores in three different Pensacola, Fl., locations—Bayou Boulevard, Mobile Highway and East Nine Mil Road—went through a makeover recently. Produce and bakery sections were expanded, restrooms remodeled, an updated assortment of organic products was added, as well as another store entrance. All three stores received a new design, as well as other renovations.

The company is celebrating Friday and Saturday with special events for the public, including wine and cheese tasting and a “family fun day” at two of their refashioned locations.

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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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