Sunday, May 7, 2017

Fish and Peanuts = Chocolate Recall

Yes, you read the title correctly -- issues of undeclared peanuts and fish are causing the two recalls below.

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LOS ANGELES, CA – May 1, 2017 – Herbalife (NYSE:HLF), a premier global nutrition company, is voluntarily recalling certain lots of its Protein Bar – Peanut Butter because the product may contain a trace amount of fish gelatin, which was added to the product as part of a flavoring ingredient provided by a third-party supplier. The amount of gelatin in the finished product is extremely low (approximately 0.02%). The gelatin is a highly processed collagen from fish skin, which contains a negligible amount of parvalbumin, a fish allergen.
There have been no reports to date of any illnesses or adverse health effects associated with the affected product. Nonetheless, the Company is taking this voluntary action out of an abundance of caution. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been notified of this recall.

The product was distributed in the U.S. from 6/30/2016 to 4/7/2017, exclusively to individual independent distributors as 14-pack cartons. Lots numbers affected are 066539A11, 066553A11, 066601A11, 066660A11, 066688A11, and 066691A11.

Herbalife maintains high quality standards for its products and is dedicated to the health, safety, and satisfaction of its consumers. Independent distributors and their customers that have purchased this product are urged to return the product for exchange or refund. Consumers with questions about this issue may contact Herbalife’s customer service department from 9:00am – 6:00pm Pacific Standard Time, Monday – Friday at 1-866-866-4744.

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Ben and Jerry's Undeclared Peanut Recall

Unilever is voluntarily recalling a limited number of boxes of Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Fudge Brownie Pint Slices, which may inadvertently contain Vanilla Peanut Butter Cup Pint Slices. Although the slices were individually wrapped and identified as Vanilla Peanut Butter Cup Pint Slices, the ingredient peanut butter (containing the known allergen peanut), is undeclared on the outer product packaging. Persons who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume the product.
This limited voluntary recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The affected product is sold in a paperboard box, containing 9 fL oz (266 mL) (3 individually wrapped ice cream slices) with UPC code of 076840657940 best by date AUG1218LT2 and lot number of AUG1218LT2.

The product was manufactured in the United States. The product was distributed nationwide and reached consumers through retail stores. No product was shipped outside of the U.S. No other Ben & Jerry’s products – besides this specific lot of Chocolate Fudge Brownie Pints Slices - are affected by this voluntary recall, including other Pint Slices, pints or any products served in Ben & Jerry's franchised Scoop Shops.

The recall was initiated after receiving one consumer complaint, where it was discovered that Vanilla Peanut Butter Cups Pint Slices were distributed in outer packaging that did not call out the presence of peanut butter. Unilever has not received any reports of illness associated with this product, but the company is voluntarily recalling this product out of an abundance of caution.

Consumers who have purchased boxes of the above product with the affected UPC code and date code are asked to immediately discontinue use of the product, retain the outer box and call 877-270-7397, which is operational 24 hours a day, for more information about the recall and to request a replacement coupon. A consumer services representative is available between the hours of 8:30 AM and 5:00 PM EDT.

The company is placing a notification on the Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) web site www.foodallergy.org.

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