People love Oreos, which is why folks are up in arms that the FDA recently announced an Oreos recall. As noted by the government, it’s a pretty big recall of Oreo cookies that was announced by Mondelez Global LLC. The Oreo cookies recall is voluntary — and the recall is all due to a milk ingredient that was not listed on the list of ingredients.
Whereas warnings about wheat and soy can be found on the ingredients list of the Oreo cookies page on Amazon, the Oreos creme variety doesn’t list milk ingredients. The recall happens nationwide and includes Puerto Rico, St. Croix, and St. Thomas.
The first type of Oreo cookies that have been recalled are the Oreo Fudge Cremes, Original variety (11.3 oz package) brand. With a UPC of 044000026943, only specific “best when used by dates” for the fudge cookies are a part of the recall. Those listed “best when used by dates” for the non-mint variety — which can be found on the back of the Oreo packages at the bottom left-hand corner, are listed as follows: 19 AUG 16, 20 AUG 16, 14 SEP 16, 13 OCT 16, 14 OCT 16, and 17 OCT 16.
The other variety of Oreo cookies being recalled are the Oreo Fudge Cremes, Mint variety (11.3 oz. package) brand, which has a UPC of 044000026967. Those “best when used by dates” for the fudge mint cookies are listed as follows in the recall: 20 AUG 16, 21 AUG 16, 14 SEP 16, 15 SEP 16, 16 SEP 16, 17 OCT 16, and 18 OCT 16.
According to the warnings from the official FDA listing, the Oreo cookies recall is something that the company issued due to being cautious. Those consumers who might be allergic to milk or milk ingredients are urged to take caution when dealing with the above-referenced Oreo cookies.
“Mondelez Global LLC is taking this action out of an abundance of caution. Consumers may be informed about the potential presence of milk by an allergen advisory statement already included on the label (‘Manufactured on equipment that processes milk….’). People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.”
The FDA informed the public of the Oreo cookies recall on October 28, and included photos of the specific Oreo cookies to be recalled.
The government also provided more information that customers can use to find out more information regarding the Oreo cookies recall. In the meantime, any consumers who check the above dates and UPC numbers and discover that they do in fact have the recalled Oreo cookies in their possession can decide to throw them away and not eat them, as the FDA advises.
“Consumers who have this product should not eat it and should discard any products they may have. Consumers can contact the company at 1-855-535-5948, 24 hours a day to get more information about the recall, and Consumer Relations specialists are available Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET.This recall is limited exclusively to this Oreo Fudge Cremes product, Original and Mint varieties, sold in the U.S., including the U.S. Territories of Puerto Rico, St. Croix and St. Thomas, and no other products are included in this recall. To date, one report of an allergic reaction has been received related to the above-listed ‘Best When Used By’ dates. This recall is a result of analysis conducted by the FDA related to this product.”
The FDA made sure to note that no other Oreo cookie products — besides the specific products listed above — are a part of the recall.
With Halloween just around the corner, the Oreo cookies recall comes at a time when plenty of candy and cookies are being purchased and passed around.
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