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Nabisco Issues Recall for Undeclared Milk in Mini Oreo Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

Boxes from 2 Code Dates which may Contain Bags of Ritz Bits Cheese Sandwiches

Kathy Knuth

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- East Hanover, NJ -- September 21, 2004 -- Nabisco Foods, a Kraft Company of East Hanover, NJ, is recalling the “Carry Me Pack” that contains 1.5 oz. boxes of Mini Oreo Chocolate Sandwich Cookies with the two “Best When Purchased” dates of 20JANBK and 21JANBK because the bags inside the Oreo boxes may contain Ritz Bits Cheese Sandwiches. Ritz Bits Cheese Sandwiches are made with milk ingredients which can cause severe health problems. People, who have an allergy, or severe sensitivity to milk ingredients, run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reactions if they consumer Ritz Bits Cheese Sandwiches. No illnesses or allergic reactions have been reported to date. No other Mini Oreo or Ritz Bits products are part of the recall, and there is no health risk for consumers who are not allergic to milk.

Nabisco estimates that approximately 195,000 small boxes of the recalled product were produced and that fewer than 2,000 “Carry Me Packs” may have the wrong product in the individual Oreo box. The Oreo individual boxes were produced for special club pack trays for BJ’s Wholesale Club stores in the eastern United States . The recalled product has been distributed to the following States: Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina and Virginia . The recalled mislabeled product has only been found in retail stores in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

The products were sold to BJ’s Wholesale Club stores in the eastern United States in a 12-box club store tray containing four boxes each of the “Carry Me Packs” of Mini Oreo cookies, Ritz Bits Cheese Sandwiches and Teddy Grahams Graham Snacks. In addition to consumer purchases, other small businesses may have also bought the trays from BJ’s Wholesale Club stores for resale of individual boxes.

The 1.5 oz. individual box carton is labeled “Carry Me Pack” Mini Oreo Chocolate Sandwich Cookies, and the silver foil bag inside may contain Ritz Bits Cheese Sandwiches. The “Best When Purchased By” code dates of 20JANBK and 21JANBK are printed on the individual Oreo box on the end flap.

The company learned of the error when consumers in Massachusetts and New Hampshire reported finding Ritz Bits Cheese Sandwich bags in Mini Oreo (individual box) cartons. The Mini Oreo Cookies do not contain milk, but the Ritz Bits Cheese Sandwiches have milk ingredients. The individual boxes of Ritz Bits Cheese Sandwiches are labeled accordingly. The packaging error was limited in scope and occurred at a supplier, where the company has taken steps to prevent a recurrence. No other Oreo or Ritz products are part of the recall.

Consumers and small businesses that purchased the 20JANBK and 21JANBK code dates of MiniOreo Chocolate Sandwich Cookies or the 12-count variety pack tray containing 1.5 oz individual boxes of Mini Oreos may return the product to the store where purchased for a full refund. Consumers with questions about the recall should call 1-800-323-4243.


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