Timeline of recalls because of the possible trace presence of peanuts


April 30

Cinnabon Cinna Stix, flour recall

CSM Bakery Solutions: The presence of peanuts in wheat flour was cited by CSM Bakery Solutions as the cause of a series of late-April product recalls by the company and its customers. Recalls associated with the incident were issued by Safeway Inc. (layer cakes and decorated chocolate chip cookies); Cinnabon, Inc. (Cinnabon Stix); Bakery Express of Southern California L.L.C.  (7-Eleven Fresh To Go cookies); Glenn Wayne Wholesale Bakery (7-Eleven Fresh To Go cookies); Old Home Kitchens — Benson’s Bakery Inc. (various cakes); and Chick-fil-A, Inc. (chocolate chunk cookies). The recalls were issued and posted on the Food and Drug Administration web site beginning April 26 and continuing through April 30.  CSM said it initiated the recall after post-production testing at the company discovered “flour containing undeclared peanut as a result of incidental contact.” In connection with each of the recalls, CSM and the other companies said no illnesses have been reported to date.

June 3 

Hostess Ding-Dongs, flour recall

Hostess Brands L.L.C.: Late on June 3, Hostess announced it had recalled 710,000 cases of snack cakes and donuts due to the presence of undeclared allergens. Hostess said the voluntary recall was a “direct result of the recent recall by our supplier, Grain Craft, of certain lots of its flour for undeclared peanut residue.” Hostess products in the recall include Chocodiles, Ding Dongs, Zingers and chocolate, crunch, devil’s food, glazed mini, maple and powder donuts. The recall includes single-serve, multipack boxes and bagged donuts. The products were sold to mass merchandisers, grocery stores, distributors, dollar stores, drug stores and convenience stores in the United States and Mexico. Hostess said as of June 3 it had received notice of two allergic reactions related to product covered by the recall, which was issued “out of an abundance of caution.”

June 6

Rold Gold pretzels, flour recall
Frito-Lay North America, Inc.: A subsidiary of PepsiCo, Inc., Frito-Lay on June 3 initiated a voluntary recall of certain varieties and lots of Rold Gold pretzels due to the potential presence of an undeclared allergen. Product varieties affected by the recall are Rold Gold Tiny Twists, Rold Gold Thins, Rold Gold Sticks and Rold Gold Honey Wheat Braided. Only certain package sizes are affected by the recall, which also is limited to products with “guaranteed fresh dates” ranging from June 28-Aug. 23, 2016. The recalled pretzels also may be found in certain multipack offerings. As of June 7, Frito-Lay said it had received no reports of illness in connection with the recalled products.

June 14

Special K mini fudge brownie bites, flour recall
Kellogg Co.: Kellogg initiated a voluntary recall of certain varieties and limited dates of production of brownies, snacks and cookies due to the potential presence of an undeclared peanut residue. Product varieties affected by the recall include Mother’s, Keebler, Kellogg’s Special K brownies, Murray and Famous Amos snacks and cookies. Kellogg said it initiated the recall after its supplier, Grain Craft, recalled wheat flour “that has the potential to contain low levels of peanut residue.” “While consumers with severe peanut allergies should avoid the recalled products, the F.D.A. has stated that the amount of peanut exposure from the flour is low and not expected to cause adverse health effects in the vast majority of peanut allergic consumers,” Kellogg said. As of June 13, Kellogg said it had received no reports of illness in connection with the recalled products.

June 15-16

Armour animal crackers, flour recall
Mars Chocolate North America: Certain varieties and limited dates of production of Combos brand snack products were recalled by Mars a day after the Kellogg recall. The Mars recall includes a variety of Combos snacks with “best before” dates ranging from March 2017 to April 2017, including cheddar cheese pretzel, cheddar cheese cracker, Pizzeria pretzel, sweet and salty caramel pretzel, pepperoni cracker, and Buffalo pretzel. As of June 14, Mars said it had received no reports of illness related to the products covered by the recall. The vast majority of the Combo snack products associated with the recall were distributed throughout the United States, with the remainder being shipped internationally to the following countries: the Bahamas, Jamaica, Virgin Islands-St Thomas, Antigua, Colombia, Panama, Puerto Rico, Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan and Singapore. On June 16, Armour-Eckrich Meats, L.L.C. said it voluntarily is recalling Armour Snackmakers Keebler Animal Crackers because they contain animal cracker cookies with undeclared peanut residue. Armour-Eckrich Meats had received no reports of related illness as of June 16. The recall covers items with a U.P.C. code of 2781500240, a product size of 2.7 oz and sell by dates of July 29 through Aug. 30.