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Hot cocoa gift sets recalled; sold at some area Shopko stores

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Three cocoa products packaged for Christmas sale and sold through Shopko and Big Lots stores have been recalled because they may contain melamine, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection reports.

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No illnesses have been reported from consumption of these products, which have been voluntarily recalled by Dorsey Marketing Inc. (DMI) of Ville St. Laurent, Quebec, Canada.

All were sold under the brand name "G & J." They are:

• Hot Cocoa Stuffer (bar code number 061361201444), sold in small green and blue packages along with a candy cane and marshmallows.

• His and Hers Hot Cocoa Set (bar code number 489702201296), sold with two ceramic mugs in a brown box.

• Cocoa (bar code number 061361201260), sold in two flavors -- French vanilla, sold in a small green bag, and double chocolate, sold in a small pink bag. Both have a whisk attached.

Consumers who bought these products should return them to the place of purchase for a refund. Consumers with questions can call DMI toll free at 888-645-1053 weekdays, excluding holidays, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. CST, or e-mail recall@dmi-global.com.

The products were imported into the United States by DMI and distributed nationwide to Big Lots during the weeks of Sept. 22 and Sept. 29 and to Shopko the week of Oct. 10. It is unknown whether any products remain in the stores. Only a few samples of the products tested positive for melamine.

Melamine is a synthetic industrial chemical that has been associated with a number of food recalls linked to products made in China and Southeast Asia.

For more information about melamine and related recalls, visit the FDA Web site at www.fda.gov.

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