Ritz Cracker Recall: May Trigger Peanut Allergies

FDA

Mondelēz Global LLC issued a recall for certain boxes of Nabisco brand RITZ Cheese Cracker Sandwiches. If you recently purchased a family pack of cracker sandwich treats, check the label for the UPC and “Best By” date.

What Happened?

Although the box labels claim to contain the Cheese flavor, the actual products inside the package are the Peanut Butter flavor.

While the individually wrapped packs are correctly identified as containing peanut butter, this mix up still poses a major health risk. Kids or adults in a hurry might not notice they picked up a peanut butter cracker sandwich until it’s too late.

Peanut allergies and sensitivities are some of the most common–and potentially deadly–food issues around the world. Coming into contact with a product that contains even trace amounts of peanut butter can trigger an allergic reaction. Some people with this allergy must carry an EpiPen at all times just in case they go into anaphylactic shock.

“Corrective actions are being taken to help ensure that this issue does not recur,” said Mondelēz in a statement.

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Recall Details

Only specific boxes of the crackers were mislabeled. Look for a 21.6-ounce carton with the UPC 0 44000 03826 7 and following “best by” dates:

  • Sept. 18, 2020
  • Sept. 20, 2020
  • Sept. 28, 2020
  • Sept. 29, 2020
  • Sept. 30, 2020
  • Oct. 1, 2020
  • Oct. 2, 2020

If you purchased one of the boxes listed above, the FDA advises that you throw it away. Consumers can contact the company at 1-844-366-1171, 24 hours a day to get more information about the recall, and Consumer Relations specialists are available Monday-Friday, 9 am to 6 pm EST.

Peanut Warning Labels

Advisory labels such as “Warning: May Contain Traces of Peanuts” have become increasingly common in the United States. Packaged foods are often produced in massive facilities where multiple products are made and shipped. The potential for cross-contact is high in those facilities, and companies began labeling their products with warning labels related to common allergens.

That’s why the RITZ cheese cracker sandwiches already have a warning label that they might contain traces of peanut. The cheese cracker treats are made and packaged in the same facility as the peanut variety.

Because these labels are voluntary, however, you should never assume that a packaged food is safe for you or your child to eat. Some food manufacturers will verify that their facilities are free from common allergens, such as milk, peanuts, or wheat. When in doubt, contact the manufacturer directly.