Makers of Chips Ahoy, Mondelēz Global, announced the voluntary recall of certain Chewy Chips Ahoy products due to an unexpected baking mishap that left solidified ingredient in the cookies.
The company said the recall is being conducted because certain products may contain an unexpected solidified ingredient. Reports stated that the cornstarch used the in Chips Ahoy recipe sometimes did not properly mix and then solidified in the baking process.
Recall Of Chewy Chips Ahoy
The limited recall covers only the Chewy Chips Ahoy 13-oz. products in red packaging with Retail UPC number code 0 44000 03223 4 and best when used by dates of Sept. 7, 2019, Sept. 8, 2019, Sept. 14, 2019, and Sept. 15, 2019. The dates can be found on the top left side of the package, near the lift tab.
"The vast majority of consumers have not reported adverse events with respect to the product in the four code dates recalled. However, a small number of consumers have reported gagging, choking or dental injury, but none of these reports have been confirmed at this time," said Elisabeth Wenner, a representative for Mondelēz.
Food Recalls Are On The Rise
A report from non-profit consumer watchdog Public Interest Research Group found that food recalls in the United States increased by 10 percent from 2013 to 2018. Most of the recalls involved meat and poultry products that can cause serious health problems.
The group said that advances in science and technology are likely responsible for some of the increase in food product recalls because of improved detection and investigation capabilities.
The recalls have affected not just the usual food products — poultry, pork, and beef — but also beer, cookies, breakfast cereal, and fruits. High-profile outbreaks were even linked to E. coli in romaine lettuce, and traces of Salmonella found in breakfast cereal and ground beef.
Recent Product Recalls
Other products subjected to recent recalls were cosmetics, cough syrup, and baby sleepers.
In March, Henry Avocado Corporation has voluntarily recalled its avocados sold in six states due to possible listeria contamination. Drug company Kingston Pharma voluntarily recalled its baby cough syrup sold at Dollar General after the product tested positive for strains of harmful bacteria. Claire's Stores, Inc. conducted a voluntary recall of three cosmetics products following possible asbestos contamination of its selected eyeshadows, compact powder, and contour palette.
More recently, Fisher-Price recalled almost 5 million units of its Rock n' Play inclined sleeper after the controversial product was linked to several infant deaths since 2009.