Alert! This Popular Snack Brand Was Recalled Due to Peanut Allergen
Certain varieties of Combos snacks were recalled due to low levels of peanut residue in the snack food.
According to Mars Chocolate North America, manufacturer of Combos snacks, recalled products include Combos Cheddar Cheese Pretzel, Combos Cheddar Cheese Cracker, Combos Pizzeria Pretzel, Combos Sweet and Salty Caramel Pretzel, Combos Pepperoni Cracker and Combos Buffalo Pretzel.
Affected Combos products have a "Best Before" dates from March 2017 to April 2017. The full list of products including item codes is available on the company's website.
Majority of these products were distributed throughout the U.S., with the remainder being shipped internationally to Bahamas, Jamaica, Virgin Islands-St. Tomas, Antigua, Colombia, Panama, Puerto Rico, Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan and Singapore.
According to a press release by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the recall was prompted when the company's flour supplier, Grain Craft, recalled the flour in April after detecting peanut residue in some of their wheat flour from their mill in Georgia. The particular flour was grown in the South where peanuts are also produced.
On Monday, Kellogg Company also recalled over 20 of their products due to the same flour with peanut residue from Grain Craft, FoxNews.com reported. These brands include Keebler, Famous Amos, Kellogg's Special K, Mother's and Murray.
Flour with peanut residue may trigger allergic reactions if consumed by people with peanut allergies.
In the U.S. alone, 2 percent of adults and 5 percent of children suffer from food allergies, resulting in 150 deaths each year, FDA said.
However, the company stated that the amount of peanut exposure from use of the flour and affected products is considered low and not expected to cause adverse health effects to peanut-allergic customers.
According to Mars Chocolate, there have been no reports of illness related to the products covered by the recall. The company urges consumers to be wary of the health effects of the products and return affected products to the store for a full refund.