WhiteWave Foods issued a voluntary recall yesterday for half gallon cartons of Silk Light Original soy milk due to the possibility that they may contain almond milk, a potential allergen not listed among the ingredients.
The Colorado-based company says in a statement that they have not heard of any illnesses resulting from the problem, which resulted from a packaging error. They add the recall likely affects less than 21,402 containers shipped directly to retailers and wholesalers in Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
WhiteWave's sales team is "working with distributors to actively recover any impacted product remaining on store shelves, and the company has implemented measures to prevent this from happening in the future." The affected soy milk containers have the UPC code of 25293 60101 and use by dates of either June 22, 2014 or June 23, 2014, printed as 06/22/14 or 06/23/14 on the front of the carton near the top.
The affected products would also have one of the following plant codes: 06/22 or 23/14 hh:mm 48-0994 EH3 – 5 1, 06/22 or 23/14 hh:mm 48-0994 EH3 – 5 2, 06/22 or 23/14 hh:mm 48-0994 EH3 – 4 3 or 06/22 or 23/14 hh:mm 48-0994 EH3 – 4 4.
WhiteWave notes that the recall doesn't affect any other of their products. The U.S. government's Food Safety and Inspection Service agency lists no previous Silk recalls. Approximately one third of the current recalls listed by the FSIS for 2014 resulted from undeclared allergens.
Customers who purchased the recalled product can return it to where they bought it for a full refund or exchange. They can also call WhiteWave with any questions about the recall at 1-866-663-4349.
Soy milk is made by pressing soy beans in water, then removing the insoluble fiber and mixing with vitamins, minerals and flavorings. Besides Silk, WhiteWave's other brands include Horizon Organic dairy products and Earthbound Farms Organic.