FDA: Winn-Dixie recalling chocolate drink due to wheat allergen

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that Winn-Dixie, one of the nation's largest retailers, is recalling its "Winn-Dixie Choco Charm Chocolate Drink," as it may include an undeclared wheat allergen.

Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc. is voluntarily recalling “Winn-Dixie Choco Charm Chocolate Drink” from its in-store dairy departments because the product may be mislabeled and may contain the undeclared allergen of wheat. Individuals sensitive to wheat protein can suffer a moderate-acute allergic reaction.

Wheat allergies—reactions to foods containing wheat—are one of the more common food allergies seen in children, according to the Mayo Clinic. Often, wheat is found in foods people never suspect may have wheat, such as condiments, including ketchup and soy sauce. Avoiding consuming wheat is the primary treatment for wheat allergies, although medical attention may be necessary when someone with a wheat allergy consumes wheat. However, wheat allergy is not the same as celiac disease, the Mayo Clinic points out on its website:

“A wheat allergy generates an allergy-causing antibody to proteins found in wheat. But, one particular protein in wheat — gluten — causes an abnormal immune system reaction in the small intestines of people with celiac disease.”

Sold in the dairy department of Winn-Dixie and SaveRite stores, the “Winn-Dixie Choco Charm Chocolate Drink” features a 128 oz. (one gallon) clear plastic bottle with a yellow bottle cap and is marked with the UPC code 21140-29830.

The product affected by this recall was sold in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. The recall was initiated out of an abundance of caution for consumer safety, though the company has received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of this product. “We encourage guests with any concerns to return the product for a full refund, no questions asked,” said Mary Kellmanson, Winn-Dixie’s group vice president of marketing.

Winn-Dixie is working in cooperation with the Food and Drug Administration, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network.

Consumers with questions or any doubt are encouraged to return the product to their neighborhood Winn-Dixie or SaveRite store for a full refund or exchange. Consumers with questions about the recalled product may also contact Winn-Dixie Guest Services toll free at 1-866-WINN-DIXIE.

For more information about Winn-Dixie, visit www.winn-dixie.com.

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