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‘Dairy-Free’ Baking Mixes Recalled over Milk

Heartland Gourmet/FDA(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:

  • Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix: Item # 2017 UPC Code 7376967020171 16 oz. Lot #0023065, best buy date of 12/2014 and distributed in March of 2013, and Lot # 0023007, best buy date of 10/2014 and distributed in February 2013.
  • Gluten Free Double Chocolate Cookie Mix: Item # 1530 -UPC Code 737697015306 16 oz. Lot #0012289 – Best buy Date of 10/2014 and distributed in October of 2012; Lot #0022317 with a best buy date of 10/2014 and distributed in November of 2012; and Lot #0012341 with a best buy date of 01/2014 and distributed in December of 2012.
  • Gluten Free Pizza Crust Mix: Item # 2024 UPC Code 737697020249 15.4 oz. Lot #0073007. Best buy date of 09/2014 and distributed in January of 2013.

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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