Allergy Alert Issued on Undeclared Butter in Almond Cookies Produced for Dean & Deluca


November 3, 2009 – Charleston Cookie Company of Charleston, SC is recalling packages of Almond Cookies which were sold as a component of the Dean and Deluca "Americana" cookie tin because the cookies contain undeclared butter (milk). People who have allergies to milk products run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

The recalled Almond Cookies were distributed to Dean & Deluca for resale as part of their "Americana Cookie" collection.  The product comes in a 6 ounce, clear plastic package sold with 5 other flavors of cookies in a 36 oz. silver tin. The product bears no code or UPC but was distributed to Dean & Deluca in August 2009 for sale in their catalog and online. 

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem. 

The recall was initiated after it was discovered that the milk-containing product was distributed in packaging that did not indicate the presence of butter (milk).  Investigation indicates that the problem was caused by a temporary breakdown in the company's packaging process.  The situation has been rectified by production of a new label with a complete ingredients listing.

Consumers who have purchased the product are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.  Consumers with questions may contact Charleston Cookie Company at 843-762-4185.  Business hours are Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm. 

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Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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