In a nutshell: Walnuts were omitted as an ingredient.
from the FDA press release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 27, 2009 – City Baking LLC, of Long island City, NY is recalling 781 individually wrapped City Baking brand Apple Crumb Cakes, because they contain walnuts, an ingredient which were inadvertently omitted from the label. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to walnuts run the risk of serious or life threatening illness if they consume these products.
The product was distributed to 31 accounts in the following states: New York,, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Maryland, Virginia, Massachusetts, and Maine. It was shipped by UPS directly from City Baking’s only warehouse, in Long Island City, NY.
The individually wrapped City Baking brand Apple Crumb Cakes can be identified by a bag code, either #161 or 169 and UPC # 854142000165. The product is 3 ¼ oz, and is packaged in a transparent plastic wrap.
No illnesses have been reported to date.
The problem was identified on June 25, 2009 when an anonymous caller from Boston contacted City Baking LLC to inform them that the City Baking brand Apple Crumb Cake ingredient label did not list walnuts as an ingredient, but walnuts were clearly present in the product. A subsequent investigation by City Baking LLC of the label indicated that walnuts were not listed due to a temporary breakdown in the company’s labeling procedures; this was attributed to the introduction of a new label software program installed within the last 6 months. The label has since been corrected.
Consumers who still have the product should return it to City Baking LLC for a full refund, or call 718-392-8514, between 7:30 A.M. and 4 P.M. Eastern Time, and then destroy it. Please call City Baking LLC with any questions or concerns.