This Beloved Little Debbie Snack Has Just Been Recalled

The popular treat could pose a serious health risk, authorities say.

Little Debbie is one of the most beloved snack food companies in the U.S., with fans of the brand going wild for everything from the company's Zebra Cakes to its Honey Buns. However, there's one treat from the iconic brand that fans may want to steer clear of for the time being now that the U.S Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has just announced its recall. Read on to find out if your favorite dessert is affected.

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A popular Little Debbie cookie is being recalled.

yellow bag of mini nutty buddy cookie bites
Courtesy of Little Debbie

On Sept. 11, the FDA announced that Collegedale, Tennessee-based McKee Foods had recalled 25 cases of Little Debbie Mini Nutty Buddy Cookie Bites Sandwich Cookies.

The affected cookies come in individual 2.5-oz bags and have best by dates of Dec. 24 and Dec. 25. No other Little Debbie products are affected by the recall.

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The cookies were sold in 19 areas of the U.S.

aisle of little debbie snacks in a supermarket

The recalled cookies were sold in 19 metropolitan areas in three states. In Kentucky, the cookies were sold in Columbia, Jackson, Somerset, and the surrounding areas. In North Carolina, the cookies were sold in Asheville, Clemmons, Greensboro, High Point, and the surrounding areas. In Tennessee, the cookies were sold in Clarksville, Collegedale, Crossville, Jackson, Knoxville, Lebanon, Maryville, Morristown, Nashville, Piney Flats, Powell Crossroad, Sweetwater, and the surrounding areas.

The cookies may be contaminated with a major allergen.

Pecans, healthy food

The cookies were pulled from the market after it was discovered that they may contain pecans, an ingredient not disclosed on the label.

"People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to pecans run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products," the recall notice states. Tree nuts are one of the "Big 8"—the eight most common food allergens in the U.S.—and must be disclosed on packaged foods that are regulated by the FDA, as per the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004.

If you bought the cookies, here's what to do.

Man on conference call

If you purchased the recalled cookies and would like to receive a refund, have your package code information handy and contact McKee Foods at 800-422-4499 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday.

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Sarah Crow
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