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Winn-Dixie Issues Voluntary Recall On Specific In-Store Bakery Items Due To Mislabeling And Undeclared Allergens
Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc.
(904) 571-6052 (cell)
St. John & Partners
(904) 923-4871 (cell)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - August 5, 2011 - Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc., is voluntarily recalling from its in-store bakeries the following items because the products may be mislabeled:
- “Winn-Dixie Lemon Bar” cakes
- “Winn-Dixie Chocolate Cherry Bar” cakes
- “Winn-Dixie Bakery Iced Cinnamon Rolls - 6 Pack”
The mislabeled products may contain undeclared egg and/or wheat. Individuals with an allergy or severe sensitivity to eggs run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction. Individuals sensitive to wheat protein can suffer a moderate-acute allergic reaction. Gluten intolerance in adults can manifest as malabsorption, diarrhea, weight loss, anemia, or osteomalacia.
Sold in the bakery department of Winn-Dixie stores, both cakes feature a Winn-Dixie bakery label affixed to a clam-shell package. “Winn-Dixie Lemon Bar” cake package labels identify the product as “Bar Cake Lemon” and are marked with a UPC code that begins with 209983. “Winn-Dixie Chocolate Cherry Bar” cake package labels identify the product as “Bar Cake Choc Cherry” and are marked with a UPC code that begins with 209831. “Winn-Dixie Bakery Iced Cinnamon Rolls - 6 Pack” are marked with a UPC code that begins with 209806. Products affected by this recall were sold in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana.
“Given this serious issue, we decided to pull the products from our stores and encourage customers with any concerns to return the product for a full refund, no questions asked,” said Mary Kellmanson, Winn-Dixie’s group vice president of marketing. “We are now conducting a thorough investigation to determine how the breakdown occurred so that we can prevent it from happening in the future. Protecting the health of our guests is our top priority.”
Winn-Dixie is working in cooperation with the Food and Drug Administration, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network. The recall was initiated as a result of an internal investigation after receipt of a customer complaint.
Consumers with questions or any doubt are encouraged to return the cakes to their neighborhood Winn-Dixie store for a full refund or exchange. Consumers with questions about the recalled cakes may also contact Winn-Dixie Guest Services toll free at 1-866-WINN-DIXIE.
Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc., is one of the nation’s largest food retailers. Founded in 1925, the Company is headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla. The Company currently operates 484 retail grocery locations, including 379 in-store pharmacies, in Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia and Mississippi. For more information, please visit www.winn-dixie.com.
Recalled Product Photos Are Also Available on FDA's Flickr Photostream.