Thursday 19 October 2017

Chocolate Chip Cookies Recalled in Georgia

The Associated Press is reporting that Georgia is among four states involved in a chocolate chip cookie recall.

Murray Biscut Co., a subsidiary of Kellogg Co., says the sugar-free cookies with pecans were mistakenly put in 5.5-ounce packages that don’t list pecans as an ingredient, the Associated Press reports. A recall due to mislabeling (misbranding) is among the most common reason for recalls because of the risk from undeclared allergens.

The cookies can be potentially harmful to people who are allergic to pecans. Murray said no illnesses or allergic reactions have been reported.

Despite only 12 cases  labeled incorrectly, the company is recalling 904 cases, according to AP. In addition to Georgia, the cookies were shipped to retailers in in Alabama, Florida, and Tennessee. They have a UPC code of 82011 91335 and a “best if used by” date of April, 17, 2012.

Recalls due to undeclared allergens made up 45% of recalls in the third quarter. This was more product recalled then from listeria, botulism, and salmonella combined. Manufacturers should develop HACCP procedures around food packaging and develop a strategy to manage recalls.

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