Pesto Sold in 14 States Recalled Due to Health Concerns, FDA Warns
Products were pulled from Trader Joe's locations after being packaged in the wrong containers.
Pasta lovers know that pesto is not to be overlooked—even in favor of a delicious bolognese or a creamy Alfredo. It's light enough to mix into any kind of pasta, but tasty enough to pack a punch when added to a carb-heavy dish. Because pesto is so versatile, the basil-based sauce is likely one of your kitchen staples. But if you recently picked some up from Trader Joe's, you'll want to double-check your fridge, as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just posted a recall notice for pesto sold in 14 states. Read on to find out more about the latest pulled product.
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Pesto products were packaged incorrectly.
According to a May 9 FDA recall notice, Bakkavor USA is voluntarily recalling Trader Joe's Genova Pesto. Impacted products have a Universal Product Code (UPC) of 0015 7353, which can be found on the side label, and a Use By date of May 27, 2023. Recalled pesto also has a time stamp between 06:28 and 07:07 printed on the bottom of the seven-ounce tub.
The affected products were distributed to Trader Joe's stores in 14 states, the FDA said, namely Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, and Washington, between April 28 and April 30.
Per the recall notice, Bakkavor USA initiated the recall "after it was discovered at a retail store that the Genova Pesto was mistakenly packaged into tubs marked 'Hummus Dip.'"
The FDA confirmed that all recalled products have been removed from shelves and that there is an ongoing investigation to determine "the root cause of this error."
The pesto contains undeclared allergens.
The Genova Pesto contains both milk and walnuts. However, since it's packaged in the hummus tubs, there is no "allergen declaration" for either ingredient.
"The product may contain undeclared milk and walnuts," the FDA notice reads. "People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk or walnuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reactions if they consume this product."
No illnesses or allergic reactions connected to the pesto have been reported to date, the FDA said.
You can return the pesto for a full refund.
If you have recalled pesto in your fridge—and you have a milk or walnut allergy—the FDA urges you not to eat it.
Those with allergies who have purchased or received donations of Trader Joe's Genova Pesto can either throw it out or return it to any Trader Joe's store for a refund.
If you have specific questions about the recall, you can contact Bakkavor USA at 855-321-7504 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST).
Potato chips were also recalled due to undeclared allergens.
Several products have been recalled due to allergy-related concerns recently, including Lay's Classic Potato Chips.
According to a May 4 notice from the FDA, Frito-Lay issued a voluntary recall for a "limited number" of chips distributed in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire.
The products were pulled after a consumer complaint that led to an investigation, through which Frito-Lay discovered that the recalled chips may contain undeclared milk ingredients from the brand's sour cream and onion chips. Consumers with milk allergies were instructed not to eat the recalled chips and to throw them away immediately.
- Source: https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts/bakkavor-usa-issues-allergy-alert-undeclared-milk-and-walnuts-trader-joes-genova-pesto
- Source: https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts/frito-lay-issues-allergy-alert-undeclared-milk-lays-classic-potato-chips-distributed-connecticut