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Food Recall Blog: Harry & David Cookie Recall

In a nutshell: Harry & David did not match the proper label ingredients with the proper cookies. People with allergies to nuts, chocolate, coconut, sulfites, etc. could experience serious health problems. It’s interesting how sulfites pops up in so many ingredients.

Read on…

December 7, 2007 — Harry & David of Medford, Oregon, is voluntarily recalling approximately 50 jars each of the Oatmeal Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Peanut Butter and Cranberry Vanilla Chip cookie mixes because they may contain coconut, peanuts, milk and/or sulfites not declared on the ingredient statement.

This product was made for Harry & David by Sisters’ Gourmet, Inc., a co-packer. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to these ingredients (coconuts, peanuts, milk and/or sulfites) run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

The products are packaged in 1 lb. 2 oz or 1 lb. 5 oz clear jars. The nutrition and ingredient information is contained inside hang tags attached to the top of the jars.

The recalled cookies may be quickly identified by checking for a match of the flavor description on the hang tag at the top of the jar with the flavor description on the price sticker on the bottom of the jar. Jars being recalled have flavor descriptions that DO NOT match.

Harry & David is recalling all Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookie mix jars with bottom price stickers stating “Cookie Mix PB” or “Cookie Mix WC Cran”. The potentially affected lot codes are 111207 or 110907 respectively.

Harry & David is recalling all Chocolate Peanut Butter cookie mix jars with bottom price stickers stating “Cookie Mix Oatmeal CC” or “Cookie Mix WC Cran”. The potentially affected lot codes are 111407 or 110907 respectively.

Harry & David is recalling all Cranberry Vanilla Chip cookie mix jars with bottom price stickers stating “Cookie Mix Oatmeal CC” or “Cookie Mix PB”. The potentially affected lot codes are 111407 or 111207 respectively.

The lot codes are on stickers on the bottom of the jars.

The cookie mixes were distributed exclusively throughout the United States in Harry & David Stores, beginning on November 27, 2007.

There have been no injuries reported to date. Anyone concerned about a potential illness associated with this product should contact a physician immediately. This problem occurred when hang tags were applied to the wrong flavor of cookie mix.

Consumers with questions about the recalled product may phone the Customer Service division at 800-233-1101, 24 hours a day. Customers may arrange for refunds through this number as well.

I wonder how this affects their holiday gift output.

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