Clif Bar & Company has initiated a voluntary recall of some of its Chocolate Chunk LUNA bars due to the presence of macadamia nuts, which are not noted on the label either as an ingredient or as an allergen. According to the FDA, the UPC on individual bars affected by the recall is 7-22252-10068-9, and the UPC on multi-bar boxes affected by the recall is 7-22252-20068-6. The company has provided sample images of the affected wrappers on its website.
The macadamia nut is a common allergen, provoking a reaction as mild as a rash in some individuals, but as severe as anaphylaxis and death in others. The FDA states, "The company is strongly advising consumers who have macadamia nut allergies not to consume these mislabeled bars."
Clif Bar & Company is offering coupons to consumers who bought the recalled bars and would like to replace them with nut-free ones. Interested consumers should contact the company online or via phone at 1-888-851-8456 during normal business hours.
This is not the first recall of chocolate products with undeclared or inadequately declared nut ingredients. Consumers interested in staying abreast of FDA-initiated and company-initiated recalls should subscribe to the FDA email distribution list or the FDA RSS feed. Consumers concerned about potential allergen contamination of food products may consider limiting their purchases for food-allergic individuals to items produced in facilities that do not process any of the eight major allergens. Surf Sweets, which makes jelly beans, gummy bears, and other chewy fruit-flavored candies, is one example. Amanda's Own Confections, which makes chocolates such as bunnies and Santas, is another option.