In the category of “you can’t make this stuff up,” HP Hood is recalling 145,254 half gallon cartons of its Vanilla Almond Breeze almond milk because it may contain dairy milk, an allergen not listed on the label.
The issue can be serious for people who have milk allergies or severe sensitivity to milk or lactose. To date, there has been one report of an allergic reaction though no medical treatment was required.
But the irony in the whole thing is that the dairy industry has been fighting vegetable, soy and nut juices from labeling themselves as “milk.” The Food and Drug Administration has recently said it will likely enforce standards of identity for milk, which says the products labeled as milk must come from lactating dairy animals.
According to HP Hood’s news release, approximately 145,254 half-gallon cartons of the affected product were shipped to retailers and wholesalers in AL, AR, CT, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NE, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, and WI. The units recalled represent less than 0.8% of half-gallon containers of refrigerated Vanilla Almond Breeze almondmilk shipped by Hood in the last twelve months.
The recall only applies to the following product: refrigerated Vanilla Almond Breeze almondmilk with a use-by date of September 2, 2018. To identify the affected product, consumers should look for the stamped information printed as:
- USE BY: SEP 02 18 (07:36 - 20:48) H5 L1 51-4109
- USE BY: SEP 02 18 (07:36 - 20:48) H5 L2 51-4109
- USE BY: SEP 02 18 (07:36 - 20:48) H6 L1 51-4109
- USE BY: SEP 02 18 (07:36 - 20:48) H6 L2 51-4109
There is a Universal Product Code (UPC barcode) of "41570 05621" on the side panel of the carton next to the nutrition facts. Accompanying the release is a photo of the affected product and stamped information on the carton.
Consumers who purchased the product may return it to the retail location where the purchase was made for a full refund or exchange, or visit www.bluediamond.com to complete a web form. Consumers with questions may contact Blue Diamond at 1-800-400-1522, Monday through Friday from 9 AM - 7 PM Eastern Time.
For more on the recall, click here.