ConAgra, one the world's largest packaged foods companies, issued a recall for a mislabeled Kroger cookie dough product, Break ‘N Bake chocolate chip cookie dough, that could possibly contain peanuts and, by extension, be deadly for those allergic to food item.
The Inquistr reported Aug. 26 that some packages of a peanut butter cup cookie dough had been mislabeled as chocolate chip cookie dough, something that could be potentially harmful for those allergic to peanuts.
In a press release, the company stated: “People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product. There have been no illnesses reported to date in connection with this product.”
The ConAgra release specified the recalled cookie dough as 16 oz. packages of Kroger Break ‘N Bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough identified by the UPC code 11110 87530 with the Use By date of November 24, 2013.
The recall affects stores in 26 states. Kroger, one of the nation's largest grocery retailers, is just one of a list of outlets impacted by the extensive recall. Listed among the 15 chains included in the ConAgra recall were Ralphs, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry's, Dillons, Smith's, and Pay Less.
Kroger itself issued a statement: "Kroger has removed affected items from store shelves and initiated its customer recall notification system. Customers who may have purchased the affected products will receive register receipt messages and/or automated phone calls. Kroger is also placing signs in stores."
The statement also included a list of states which were not affected by the recall, most of which were in the south and southwest.
According to the Christian Science Monitor, ConAgra also issued an alert via Food Allergy Research and Education, a nonprofit educational resource for food allergies.
Shoppers who have purchased the mislabeled cookie dough can return the product to the stores for a full refund.
The full release of the Food and Drug Administration's recall can be accessed at the agency's recalls page.
List of grocery chains affected:
Kroger, Dillons, Baker's, Gerbes, Foods Co., Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry's, Jay C, Owen's, Pay Less, Scott's, QFC, Ralphs, and Smith's
List of states affected:
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
List of states with Kroger Co. stores unaffected by ConAgra recall:
Texas, Louisiana, Tennessee (western), Mississippi, Arkansas, Kentucky (western), and Missouri (southern).