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August 15, 2008

Whole Food recalls popcorn

Filed under: FDA,Food labeling,Food Safety,Government & corporate wrong-doing — Andrew Schneider @ 09:54

This is a rough week for Whole Foods Markets because this morning they announced their second product recall.

Earlier, they recalled ground beef possibly tainted with E. coli. Today, the chain is recalling 365 Organic Everyday Value Popcorn, Lightly Salted because it may contain undeclared milk ingredients that aren’t listed in the label.

“People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk ingredients run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products,” the company said in a statement released by the Food and Drug Administration.

“The popcorn in these packages was incorrectly flavored with a white cheddar seasoning which includes milk ingredients; the seasoning may not be visibly apparent.”

This popcorn was distributed to and sold in Whole Foods Market retail stores in California, Arizona, Nevada, Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, D.C, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Oregon, New Jersey, New York and Washington.

The product is sold in a blue-and-white 5-ounce bag with a picture of popcorn in a red-and-white container. Consumers who have purchased 365 Organic Popcorn Lightly Salted with a lot code of “Sell By 10/28/08” or “Sell By 10/29/08” are urged to return it to any Whole Foods Market for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at (512) 542-0656.

No illnesses have been reported to date.


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