Who doesn’t love popcorn? But, some of us have allergies that are in conflict with certain foods, and need to know when they are included in a food we are about to eat. In the case of some specific lots of Orville Redenbacher’s popcorn, however, a common allergen was not declared and the lots are being voluntarily recalled.
ConAgra Foods, Inc., in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is voluntarily recalling packages of its Orville Redenbacher’s Classic Kettle Korn flavor ready-to-eat popcorn that may contain an undeclared allergen, milk. Certain bags of the Kettle Korn flavored ready-to-eat popcorn may have inadvertently been filled with white cheddar flavored popcorn, which contains an allergen, milk. The milk allergen is not declared on the Kettle Korn product label.
People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. There have been no illnesses reported to date in connection with this product. This product was shipped to food stores and distributors nationwide.
The affected product, Orville Redenbacher’s Classic Kettle Korn flavor popcorn, is packaged in 5.0-ounce and 1.5-ounce red poly bags with an Orville Redenbacher’s graphic logo and picture of the popcorn product on the front panel. This voluntary recall is limited to Orville Redenbacher’s Classic Kettle Korn flavor ready-to-eat popcorn packaged in 5.0-ounce and 1.5-ounce red poly bags bearing the following UPC and Sell By dates. The UPC code is printed on the back of each bag, in the lower left corner. The Sell By date is also printed on the back of the bag, in the upper right corner. No other Orville Redenbacher’s products are impacted.
Orville Redenbacher’s Classic Kettle Korn 5.0-ounce packages
- Case UPC: 27000 52321
- Unit UPC: 0 27000 52321 6
- Lot Codes: 5486234100, 5486234200, 5486234300
- Best By Dates: SEP 02 2013, SEP 03 2013, SEP 04 2013
Orville Redenbacher’s Classic Kettle Korn 1.5-ounce packages
- Case UPC: 27000 52325
- Unit UPC: 0 27000 52325 4
- Lot Codes: 5486234200, 5486234300
- Best By Dates: SEP 03 2013, SEP 04 2013
This product is a food safety concern only for people who are allergic to milk.
In the event that consumers have purchased the impacted product, they should destroy it. Consumers who may have questions about this issue and/or wish to receive replacement product may call 866-518-4177, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The issue was discovered after a consumer found white cheddar flavored popcorn in a Kettle Korn package and contacted the company. ConAgra Foods has taken the precautionary measure of notifying the FDA and is voluntarily recalling approximately 14,000 cases of the product shipped to retail food locations nationwide. ConAgra Foods will work with retail customers to ensure that the recalled products are removed from store shelves.
ConAgra Foods is also issuing an alert through Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) in an effort to notify any potentially impacted consumers.
For more information about food recalls, visit the U.S. Food and Drug Administration online.