The recalled pretzels have a "guaranteed fresh" date between June 28 and August 23 of this year. They've been sold nationwide in stores, by food service suppliers and in vending machines.
This comes on the heels of a Hostess Brands voluntary recall
last week of 71,000 cases of some of its snack cakes and doughnuts for the same reason. The recalled items include Ding Dongs and Zinger snacks. Also included are doughnuts such as crunch, chocolate, devil's food and powdered. The full list of recalled items can be found on the FDA website
Both companies said their recalls were prompted by a flour recall initiated in April
by their flour supplier, Grain Craft. That company issued a recall after detecting peanut residue in some wheat flour. The flour in question is from one mill in Georgia and was grown in the South, where peanuts are also produced, according to the company.
Grain Craft said in a statement that it does not produce or use any peanut products in its facilities, adding, "These recent recalls bring to light the challenge of agricultural cross-contact, which is the result of customary methods of growing, harvesting and shipping of wheat and other agricultural products." The recall was issued
out of "an abundance of caution, in consultation with the FDA, to help ensure that our customers' peanut affected flour products don't reach consumers."
Products with flour that contains peanut residue could be consumed by individuals with peanut allergies, causing an allergic reaction.
About 2% of adults in the U.S. and 5% of children suffer from food allergies, according to the FDA. Food allergies result in an estimated 30,000 emergency room visits each year, and 150 American die from allergic reactions each year.
Hostess said it is aware of two allergic reactions resulting from recalled products. Frito-Lay is not aware of any reports of allergic reactions associated with its recalled products.
"While those who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume products containing peanut allergens, the amount of peanut exposure from use of the flours and affected products is considered to be low and not expected to cause adverse health effects in the vast majority of peanut allergic consumers," Hostess said in a statement.
In April, CSM Bakery announced the voluntary recall
of its 8-inch single-layer red velvet cake, sold at Safeway stores. It also recalled 12-inch decorated chocolate chip cookies sold at Acme and Jewel stores because of the flour recall.
Nine other recalls for undeclared peanuts have been issued this year that are not linked to the Grain Craft flour recall.