Hostess Recalls 700K Snack Items with Undeclared Peanut Residue
Hostess Brands, the bakery company that produces snack cakes under the popular Hostess and Dolly Madison brand names, has issued a recall of more than 700,000 cases of baked goods.
The recalled products, which include bagged donuts, multi-pack boxes of donuts, and single-serve snack cakes, are sold throughout the United States and Mexico.
The reason for the massive recall is that the snack products may contain “undeclared peanut residue,” according to the manufacturer. Since the presence of peanut residue is not acknowledged on the product packaging or labels, unsuspecting consumers with severe peanut allergies could potentially be exposed to the very thing that will make them sick.
The Hostess recall was issued in conjunction with another recall by Grain Craft, the flour supplier that provides flour ingredients for Hostess products. It is believed that the affected Hostess products were baked with Grain Craft flour that included possible peanut residue.
Grocery stores and other retailers have been asked by Hostess to remove the affected products from store shelves. Meanwhile, anyone who has already purchased the recalled snack items is asked to either throw them away or return them to the store for a full refund.
At this time, there have been just two reports of allergic reactions by consumers of the recalled Hostess snack foods. In an official statement, the bakery company said that “the amount of peanut exposure from use of the flours and affected products is considered to be low and not expected to cause adverse health effects in the vast majority of peanut allergic consumers.”
The Hostess recall was issued voluntarily, meaning that the FDA has yet to officially step in and require the snack maker to take measures to protect consumers against illnesses. However, it is likely that Hostess took the drastic action in order to avoid potential personal injury and product liability lawsuits down the road in the event that any consumers became sick after consuming their snack products.
To learn more about this product recall, access the Yahoo.com article, “Hostess Brands Voluntarily Recalls Zinger, Ding Dong, Others, Over Possible Peanut Residue.”
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