February 2012 – This hasn't been a good month, thus far, for proper labeling of milk in bakery products. I have three, count them, three, milk allergen alerts to report (the last one is especially troubling since the products are labeled as dairy-free) …
Walmart recalled its eight-count packages of Cruller bakery pastries because the common name of milk was not listed following sodium caseinate, a milk derivative, on the ingredient label. People who have milk allergies that do not recognize sodium caseinate as a milk derivative run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reactions if they consume the product.
The eight-count packaged bakery items affected by this recall have a UPC code of 787429847 which can be found on the box label. The items affected by this recall have expiration dates of on or before Feb. 9, 2012. The pastries can be recognized as a ring-shaped twisted sweet cake similar to a doughnut. The products were labeled and sold in Walmart store bakeries in Puerto Rico and all US states with the exception of Hawaii, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.
All stores affected by the recall have been notified to remove and discard the mislabeled products. Corrective action has been taken to ensure all current and future products are properly labeled to reflect the common name of milk as an ingredient.
One adverse reaction has been reported by a customer. Customers with questions about this recall may call the Walmart Customer Service at 1-800-Walmart (1-800-925-6278) or return the product to their nearest store for a full refund.
Whole Foods Market is recalling its 3 ounce and 26 ounce Pumpkin Bundt Cakes because the products contain undeclared milk. No illnesses have been reported to date, however people who have allergies to milk, run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.
The recalled Pumpkin Bundt Cakes were made in Whole Foods Market store bakeries and sold at stores in Fresno, Monterey, San Rafael, San Ramon and Santa Cruz.
The 3 ounce Pumpkin Bundt Cakes were sold from a service case or displayed in small, clear plastic clamshells marked with a scale label #21630100000. Expiration dates prior to Feb. 13, 2012 are affected.
The 26 ounce pumpkin bundt cakes were sold from a service case or displayed in plastic dome containers with the scale label #21637900000. Expiration dates prior to Feb. 13, 2012 are affected.
The recall was initiated after it was discovered that the product labels did not list milk, as a sub-ingredient to cream cheese. The necessary corrections have been made for the Pumpkin Bundt Cakes currently for sale. Consumers who have purchased either of the affected products from Whole Foods Market may return it to the store for a full refund.
Sweets From The Earth has issued a milk allergen alert on several of their cake products because they contain milk which isn't declared on the labels. This is especially concerning since some of the cakes are specifically labeled as dairy-free.
The affected products include Dairy Free Wild Blueberry Cheesecake, Spiced Carrot Cake, Dairy Free Chocolate Cheesecake and Gluten Free & Dairy Free Espresso Cheesecake.
They were distributed in Alberta, B.C., Ontario and Quebec, and so far two people are reported to have had reactions after eating the cakes. Consumption of the products may cause a serious or life-threatening reaction in people who are allergic to milk. Ilana Robyn Foods Ltd. of Toronto has recalled the products from the marketplace.