Dairy free milk alternatives like almond and soy milk have grown in popularity in recent years. However, one of the leading producers in the industry could be in trouble as it’s been reported that certain batches of their product may contain actual milk.
The product in question is the refrigerated version of Vanilla Almond Breeze almond milk. According to the latest statement from the FDA, which was released last week, the product has been recalled. The statement also noted that one allergic reaction has been reported; however, this reaction didn’t required medical treatment or hospitalisation.
In a statement from the manufacturer, HP Hood, the product is still safe to consume for anyone who doesn’t have an allergy or sensitivity to dairy. However, for anyone who does have an allergy, they could be at risk as it can pose a risk of a serious, or even life threatening reaction.
HP Hood spokeswoman Lynne Bohan said in an interview: “Milk inadvertently was entered into the processing equipment for almond milk. We have done a comprehensive review into the situation and we’ve made corrective actions and made changes to our process to ensure that this will never happen again.”
It’s believed that over 145,000 cartons of almond milk were affected. These were sent to retailers across 28 US states, which are:
Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin.
It’s also noted that the recall only applies to refrigerated Vanilla Almond Breeze almond milk with a use-by date of September 2, 2018. In order to identify the recalled products, consumers can check their Universal Product Code (UPC barcode). Those that have the barcode 41570 05621 have been recalled. Also, the recalled products have identifying codes of: H5 L1 51-4109; H5 L2 51-4109; H6 L1 51-4109; and H6 L2 51-4109.
For the products listed, consumers are entitled to a full refund or exchange. This can be requested by completing an online form.