We’re big fans of Gluten-Free Naturals Mixes, but unfortunately, they’re recalling some mixes due to potential salmonella contamination. Here are the details, as written in a note their Vice-President, Paul Graven, sent to customers:
You are receiving this email since you purchased GFN Foods’ Gluten-Free Naturals Pancake Mix, Yellow Cake Mix, or Cookie Blend Flour in the past year.
GFN Foods, LLC
Makers of Gluten-Free Naturals
GFN Foods, LLC Voluntarily Recalls Gluten-Free Naturals Pancake Mix, Gluten-Free Naturals Light & Moist Yellow Cake Mix and Gluten-Free Naturals Cookie Blend Flour
What is happening?
GFN Foods, LLC of Cranford, NJ is voluntarily recalling:
Gluten-Free Naturals Pancake Mix – UPC 187058 000043
Lots 09159 (exp 12/8/2010), 09320 (exp 5/16/12) 09322 (exp 5/18/12)
Gluten-Free Naturals Light & Moist Yellow Cake Mix – UPC 187058 000067
Lots 09083 (exp 9/24/10) and 09322 (exp 5/18/12)
Gluten-Free Naturals Cookie Blend Flour – UPC 187058 000029
Lots 09086 (exp 6/24/10), 09219 (exp 11/7/10) and 10035 (exp 5/4/11)
Why is this happening?
GFN Foods buys a soy flour from a company called Thumb Oilseed Producers Cooperative, based in Ubly, MI. During an FDA inspection, traces of salmonella were found. According to information GFN Foods received from Thumb Oilseed, it was found on a non-processing surface. No salmonella was found in the flour or on the processing equipment. The FDA recommended, and Thumb Oilseed voluntarily complied, with a recall. The soy flour produced by Thumb Oilseed is in the three GFN products listed above, and GFN is also voluntarily complying with the recall. The other GFN products do not contain this soy flour and are not subject to any recall or action.
What is my risk of getting sick from salmonella from a GFN product?
If prepared according to the instructions on the bag, there is essentially no risk. If there was any salmonella in the product, it will be killed during baking or cooking. The only possible way to get sick would be if eating the dry mix, or eating the batter or dough (which also would likely contain a raw egg, which is susceptible to salmonella contamination).
If my risk is low, then why are you recalling the product?
GFN Foods cares deeply about its customers and the safety of its products. It’s one of the reasons we tested for gluten in every batch years before there was any guideline to do so. Our customers have been wonderfully loyal. We want to make sure that they know that we will do whatever it takes to make them comfortable that our products are safe.
What is salmonella?
Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and in some cases fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which can be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with salmonella can result into getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections, endocarditis and arthritis.
What do I need to do next?
If you are uncomfortable with the unconsumed GFN products in your possession that are subject to this recall, you will need to contact GFN Foods via email: [email protected] or by calling 866-781-6147. Please provide identification information and a contact number via email or if leaving a voicemail.
When contacted, GFN Foods will discuss with you next steps and coordinate replacement product. Do not return the product to any retailer – you should contact GFN Foods directly.
GFN Foods, LLC has worked for years to provide safe, high-quality products to its customers. We hope that our customers understand that this action is being taken to ensure their safety.
If you have any questions about this recall, please call Paul Graven at 866-761-6147.
A slightly different recall notice has also been posted on the FDA’s website.