A routine lab test revealed dairy contamination in an egg ingredient used by Kinnikinnick Foods, Inc., which resulted in trace amounts of dairy being present in five of their finished products. As a result, the company advised the Canadian Food Inspection Authority and the U.S. Food and Drug Authority that they are voluntarily recalling all products affected by this contamination.
Kinnikinnick only purchases ingredients from suppliers that meet their allergen standards and they do their own internal testing on all ingredients. According to the company, they have recently expanded their Ingredient Testing Program to include more intensive testing for dairy and peanut contamination rather than relying on assurances from ingredient suppliers, which is when the contamination was discovered.
"A recall is never a good event, but this unfortunate experience does emphasize that our Ingredient Testing Program is critical to ensuring that we provide the safest allergen free food possible. Regular, independent testing of ingredients used in allergy-friendly foods is an absolute requirement. I apologize to our customers who rely on our ‘dairy free’ assurances and can only add that with the enhanced testing and changes to our supply chain, that going forward you will find our products will continue to be the safest gluten free, dairy free, peanut free, and tree nut free bakery items in the market,” said CEO Jerry Bigam.
The products that are suspected to have dairy contamination include:
- Kinnikinnick Pancake and Waffle Mix
- Kinnikinnick Kinni-Kwik Bread and Bun Mix
- Kinnikinnick Panko Crumbs
- Kinnikinnick Original Homestyle Waffles
- Kinnikinnick Cinnamon Brown Sugar Waffles
Affected Best Before codes are available on Kinnikinnick's website or contact the company 877-503-4466 for more information.