Parents of kids with peanut allergies have one more reason to triple-check their pantries today.
Frito-Lay announced a voluntary recall of select Rold Gold pretzels — a snack brand that's popular among families with nut allergies due to its usually allergy-free production process — due to a potential "undeclared peanut allergen."
How could this happen? According to the Food and Drug Administration, it is a direct result of one of the snack food brand's suppliers having certain lots of flour recalled for hidden peanut residue. "The Rold Gold products subject to the recall may have been produced using the recalled flour and, as a result, these Rold Gold products may contain low levels of undeclared peanut residue," the FDA issued in a statement.
The affected products were sold with a "guaranteed fresh" date ranging from June 28, 2016, through Aug. 23, 2016, on the front of the package. Directly underneath that date is a nine-digit manufacturing code that includes the numbers 32 in this position: x32xxxxxx.
Of those products fitting the above description, the specific brands recalled are:
- Rold Gold Tiny Twists — 1 oz., 2 oz., 16 oz., and 20 1/2 oz.
- Rold Gold Thins — 4 oz. and 16 oz.
- Rold Gold Sticks — 16 oz.
- Rold Gold Honey Wheat Braided — 10 oz.
Because Rold Gold Tiny Twists have also been sold in multipack offerings, the FDA has provided further instruction on how to read those labels on its website.
This is the second major recall regarding a peanut allergen this week; Hostess Brands also announced a voluntary recall of 710,000 cases of select snack cakes and doughnuts Monday over concerns that they may contain low levels of "undeclared peanut residue."
Thankfully, no illnesses as a direct result of the potential peanut allergen have been reported by Frito-Lay, but it is recommended that any product fitting the above description be discarded — especially if those eating its contents are allergic to peanuts.