The FDA confirmed that Mamba® brand candy poses no health risk to the public. The FDA also has determined and stated that the manufacturer of Mamba, August Storck KG, is in compliance with FDA requirements relating to the use of gelatin.
Fears about the safety of the candy were raised earlier this month when authorities in Poland detained more than 9000 food and drug products containing beef and beef by-products originating from 12 different European Union nations. Mamba was one of the products listed in the extensive Polish action.
Mamba manufacturer Storck moved quickly to allay any possible consumer fears regarding Mamba, issuing a statement assuring customers and consumers of the product’s safety.
“We stand behind the safety and quality of our product,” said Liam Killeen, CEO and President of Storck U.S.A. “There is absolutely no need for concern.”
Other authorities agree with Storck, including, the German Federal Office for Consumer Health Protection and Veterinary Affairs and the National Confectioners Association (NCA), a trade association of candy-makers.
“The Mamba candy produced with this ingredient (beef gelatin) poses no risk to the public,” said Larry Graham, the president of the NCA.
The not-for-profit Candy Institute agrees. “The scientific data that we looked at shows that this candy is safe,” said Friederika Kaider, Director of the Candy Institute. “People should feel comfortable to continue to enjoy this product.”
In an action designed to put to rest any possible consumer concerns, Storck also announced today that they reformulated their products beginning on January 22 to remove any beef gelatin and replace it with vegetable starch. Products produced with the new formulation will reach U.S. store shelves by the end of February.
“Mamba is a fun and delicious treat, and we want people to enjoy our candy without a second thought,” said Killeen.
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