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Unilever Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Peanut in Limited Quantity of Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Fudge Brownie Pint Slices

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Unilever Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Peanut in Limited Quantity of Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Fudge Brownie Pint Slices

Summary

Company Announcement Date:
May 04, 2017
FDA Publish Date:
February 08, 2018
Product Type:
Food & Beverages
Chocolate/Cocoa Product
Allergens
Food & Beverage Safety
Reason for Announcement:
Recall Reason Description
Allergen: Peanuts
Company Name:
Unilever
Brand Name:
Brand Name(s)
Ben & Jerry’s
Product Description:
Product Description
Ice Cream

Company Announcement

Unilever is voluntarily recalling a limited number of boxes of Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Fudge Brownie Pint Slices, which may inadvertently contain Vanilla Peanut Butter Cup Pint Slices. Although the slices were individually wrapped and identified as Vanilla Peanut Butter Cup Pint Slices, the ingredient peanut butter (containing the known allergen peanut), is undeclared on the outer product packaging. Persons who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume the product.

This limited voluntary recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The affected product is sold in a paperboard box, containing 9 fL oz (266 mL) (3 individually wrapped ice cream slices) with UPC code of 076840657940 best by date AUG1218LT2 and lot number of AUG1218LT2.

The product was manufactured in the United States. The product was distributed nationwide and reached consumers through retail stores. No product was shipped outside of the U.S. No other Ben & Jerry’s products – besides this specific lot of Chocolate Fudge Brownie Pints Slices - are affected by this voluntary recall, including other Pint Slices, pints or any products served in Ben & Jerry's franchised Scoop Shops.

The recall was initiated after receiving one consumer complaint, where it was discovered that Vanilla Peanut Butter Cups Pint Slices were distributed in outer packaging that did not call out the presence of peanut butter. Unilever has not received any reports of illness associated with this product, but the company is voluntarily recalling this product out of an abundance of caution.

Consumers who have purchased boxes of the above product with the affected UPC code and date code are asked to immediately discontinue use of the product, retain the outer box and call 877-270-7397, which is operational 24 hours a day, for more information about the recall and to request a replacement coupon. A consumer services representative is available between the hours of 8:30 AM and 5:00 PM EDT.

The company is placing a notification on the Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) web site www.foodallergy.org.

For additional information, please visit www.benjerry.com.


Company Contact Information

Consumers:
877-270-7397
Media:
Unilever:  Joelle Hutcheon;   Ben & Jerry's:  Sean Greenwood
201-894-7760; 802-923-2648
Joelle.Hutcheon@unilever.com; Sean.Greenwood@benjerry.com

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