Though it may be old news at this point, it is no less important to follow food recalls. As I mentioned in my post last week about Halloween food safety, there have been a continuing number of recalls on peanut products from a contamination experienced this summer!
Many people can find themselves with contaminated products sitting on their shelves because the product is non-perishable, and therefore can become infected weeks or even months after a recall was initially announced.
Therefore, though the recall was announced in October, I thought it would be important to bring your attention to a recall of Wegmans’ Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Brownie Mix.
As many of you know (through learning about the gluten-free lifestyle and your own experience), there are a number of allergens that come in clusters for the gluten-free community. I know many people who are living both gluten- and dairy-free lifestyles, and have encountered a number of people who experience trouble with nuts as well as gluten.
While Wegmans’ recall is due to the possibility of undeclared milk, pecans, and tree nuts (there is no reported cross-contamination to gluten), it is still of the utmost importance that we gluten-free eaters remain aware of the potential contaminants in our food. Although the recall is for reasons unrelated to food poisoning, for people with allergies, the undeclared items are of serious concern.
I applaud Wegmans for conducting this voluntary recall of their product after just two reported rashes that are thought to be a result of their product. They are taking the necessary measures to keep all customers safe.
The products being recalled are packaged under the Wegmans brand in chipboard boxes, marked with “ENJOY BY OCT 30, 2014 through MAR 17, 2014.” If you have bought this brownie mix and need to return it, Wegmans will give you a full refund. Customers may also contact the manufacturer at 1-800-252-2220 for more information.
If you’re concerned about other recalls (which can be common for products labeled “gluten-free” when cross contaminants are discovered), visit the full list, which is regularly updated, at http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/default.htm.