Rold Gold Pretzels Recalled for Possible Peanut Contamination

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(CNN)  Frito-Lay is voluntarily recalling some of its Rold Gold brand pretzels because they may contain peanut residue not identified on the label, the company said Tuesday. The recalled pretzels include Tiny Twists, Thins, Sticks and Honey Wheat Braided.
The recalled pretzels have a “guaranteed fresh” date between June 28 and August 23 of this year. They’ve been sold nationwide in stores, by food service suppliers and in vending machines.

The full list of recalled items can be found on the FDA website.   http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm505365.htm

The recall were prompted by a flour recall initiated in April by their flour supplier, Grain Craft. That company issued a recall after detecting peanut residue in some wheat flour. The flour in question is from one mill in Georgia and was grown in the South, where peanuts are also produced, according to the company.

Grain Craft said in a statement that it does not produce or use any peanut products in its facilities, adding, “These recent recalls bring to light the challenge of agricultural cross-contact, which is the result of customary methods of growing, harvesting and shipping of wheat and other agricultural products.” The recall was issued out of “an abundance of caution, in consultation with the FDA, to help ensure that our customers’ peanut affected flour products don’t reach consumers.”

Products with flour that contains peanut residue could be consumed by individuals with peanut allergies, causing an allergic reaction.
About 2% of adults in the U.S. and 5% of children suffer from food allergies, according to the FDA. Food allergies result in an estimated 30,000 emergency room visits each year, and 150 American die from allergic reactions each year.

Nine other recalls for undeclared peanuts have been issued this year that are not linked to the Grain Craft flour recall.

(Debra Goldschmidt, CNN)

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