Drug store chain recalls butter cookies over bacteria fears

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Rite Aid began a voluntary, chain-wide recall of approximately 85,000 tins of butter cookies distributed by the company under the Rich Fields brand name because of the possibility of contamination with Bacillus cereus, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The microorganism may cause diarrhea, nausea and vomiting; however, the possibility of serious adverse health consequences is remote, officials said Sunday.

This recall affects 12-ounce tins featuring either a decorative castle or Christmas designs and sold exclusively in Rite Aid stores. Affected products can be identified by the UPC codes 01249596519 and 88411804619 directly beneath the bar code on the bottom of each tin.

No other Rich Fields or Rite Aid brand products are affected by this voluntary recall.

The recall was initiated because of an uncharacteristic odor. Customers should not eat the cookies and can return them to any Rite Aid store for a full refund.

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