(WASHINGTON) — A gourmet food company is recalling three of its “dairy-free” baking mixes because they might contain milk, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Heartland Gourmet, based in Lincoln, Neb., announced the voluntary recall Thursday after routine sample testing in Canada uncovered milk in some cookie and pizza crust mixes, which are labeled both gluten-free and dairy-free.
The recall notice cites “a temporary breakdown in the company’s production and packaging processes” leading to the contamination, but a company spokeswoman said the problem is still under investigation.
Milk is one of the most common food allergens, according to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious disease. It can cause hives, wheezing and vomiting, as well as abdominal cramps and diarrhea. In rare cases, milk can cause anaphylaxis, a life-threatening reaction.
An ABC News analysis in December 2012 revealed that more than 400 recalls for undeclared allergens in food were reported to the FDA since March 2009. More than 140 of them were for desserts and snack foods, including cookies, candy and ice cream.
The Heartland Gourmet mixes were distributed to stores in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Indiana, Minnesota, North Carolina and Texas between October 2012 and March 2013, according to the recall notice. The company also supplies mixes for fundraisers, according to its website.
No illnesses have been reported to date.
The recalled products include:
Customers are urged to return the recalled products to the place of purchase for a refund, according to the recall notice.
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