Nestle is recalling limited packs of a certain flavor of its Häagen-Dazs ice cream after finding out that these have mismatched packaging.
In a statement issued on Friday, June 27, the company said that it is recalling 10,000 packs of its Haagen-Dazs chocolate peanut butter ice cream because of mislabeling that can pose serious health risks for certain individuals. Nestle said that while the ice cream lids were correctly labeled, there were no indication in the ingredient list that the product contains peanuts and this could create health hazards for individuals suffering from peanut allergies.
Peanut allergy is one of the most common types of food allergy in the United States affecting 0.6 to 1.3 percent of the population. A study funded by the Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE), shows that allergy to peanuts becomes increasingly common among children in the U.S. rising by more than three times between 1997 and 2008. In those who have peanut allergy, avoidance is recommended as ingestion of peanuts may result in serious and potentially deadly allergic reactions.
"People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts may run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consumer this product," the company said in its statement.
Affected products are 14-ounce cartons with Häagen-Dazs Chocolate Chocolate Chip Ice Cream labels and UPC of 74570-08400. The lid was labeled as Häagen-Dazs Chocolate Peanut Butter and has a best by date 13May2015. The manufacturing code which can be found on the carton's bottom is 24-52 4133580418D. The package of the affected products contains Chocolate Peanut Butter ice cream but the ingredient list is for the Chocolate Chocolate Chip Ice Cream flavor and does not state that it contains peanuts.
The recalled products, which were produced on May 13, 2014, were distributed in Pennsylvania, Maryland, North Carolina, Delaware, West Virginia, District of Columbia, South Carolina, Virginia, Florida, New Jersey and New York.
Nestle said that no other Häagen-Dazs ice cream products with different production dates, sizes and varieties have been affected and the recall only affects products that were distributed in Eastern U.S and not those distributed in Canada.
The mismatched packaging was discovered by the company because of a consumer's report. Nestle likewise said in its statement that the incident is currently under investigation and that it is working with the Food and Drug Administration in the implementation of the recall.
Those who have purchased the recalled products are advised to contact 800-993-8924 or visit www.haagen-dazs.com.