A voluntary recall has been issued for Entenmann's Little Bites due to choking and cutting hazard.
Bimbo Bakeries, owner of the Entenmann's brand, initiated the recall on Aug. 31 after a problem was reported involving a manufacturing failure at one of its contract bakeries. According to the recall announcement, affected Little Bites products include the 5-pack fudge brownies, 5- and 10-pack chocolate chip muffins and the 20-pack variety box.
The affected products hit stores within the last two weeks and can be identified by the "3098" code number printed beside the Best by Dates outside of boxes. The fudge brownies and chocolate chip muffins have a Best by Date of Oct. 8, 2016, while the Little Bites Variety box's is set for Sept. 24, 2016.
The problem arose in a contract bakery in Illinois but the affected products have been shipped to more than 35 states in America.
Bimbo Bakeries has arranged for all products included in the recall to be removed from store shelves and those who have bought the affected Little Bites products can send back their purchase to get a full refund. Otherwise, they are advised to dispose of the recalled Little Bites product to avoid harm.
According to the notice, the recall was initiated after small pieces of plastic were found in the affected Little Bites products, which posed choking and/or cutting hazard.
So far, one injury has been reported in association with an affected Little Bites product.
Recently, a possible listeria contamination also prompted the recall of Country Fresh fresh-cut vegetable products.
According to an announcement made by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the products involved in the Country Fresh recall are marked best for use between Aug. 7 and Aug. 19. However, Country Fresh initiated the recall a week after the products had expired, meaning it is likely that consumers who bought the affected items have either already used them or thrown them out.
Still, Country Fresh said it would issue full refunds to anyone returning the affected products in their respective shops. Some 30,000 cases of fresh-cut vegetable products were included in the recall.
New York Sen. Charles Schumer has expressed his disappointment at the FDA's slow response to recalls, saying the agency's delays is putting Americans at risk of getting sick. He is particularly referring to the E. coli outbreak that swept through 21 states, noting that the agency did not move faster to curb the problem by recalling the tainted flour linked to the case sooner. According to him, the FDA recall process is "shockingly lax."