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Certain Lunchables are Recalled Due to Allergen Concerns

— October 17, 2016

Kraft Heinz Company issued a recall of certain of its popular lunch items, typically eaten by children. FSIS, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, announced that certain Lunchables are recalled due to allergen concerns.

Specifically, over 950 pounds of the Lunchables Ham and American Cracker Stackers product are affected by this recall. According to the company, there was a misbranding/labeling issue, as well as undeclared allergens. The recalled product was incorrectly labeled on the back with a label mean for the nacho variety of Lunchables. Therefore, the recalled product does not list that it contains wheat and soy, known allergens. Click the image for a larger version.

Back labels; incorrect label (left), correct label (right). Image courtesy of
Back labels; incorrect label (left), correct label (right). Image courtesy of

So far, no reports of adverse reactions have been received, though the issue was brought to the company’s attention after a customer complained on October 6.

The company issued a statement saying, “We apologize for this situation and are working hard to communicate with consumers and investigate how we can improve so this does not happen again.”

Here is how to identify the recalled product, if you have it:

  • Only retail stores in Utah and California received the mislabeled product;
  • The product name is “Lunchables Ham and American Cracker Stackers;
  • It comes in 3.4-ounce boxes with four-compartment trays;
  • The “USE BY” date is December 25, 2016;
  • Production times, stamped on the side of the plastic container, are from 9:13 to 10:00;
  • The establishment number in the USDA inspection mark reads “EST. 537K.”

If you have questions about the recall, please call the Kraft Heinz Consumer Relations Center at 800-573-3877.


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