For Immediate Release
October 27, 2015
Firm Press Release
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Herr Foods Inc. has initiated a voluntary recall of certain bags of its 1.875 oz. Sour Cream and Onion Potato Chip due to a packaging error that incorrectly states that the product is gluten free.
While the back panel of the package complies with U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) label regulations by listing “Wheat” in the ingredient statement as well as “Contains Wheat” in its related allergen statement, the front panel of the package erroneously features the words “Gluten Free.” Gluten is the protein that naturally occurs in wheat, rye, barley, and crossbreeds of these grains. Most people can eat gluten, but in people with celiac disease, gluten intake gradually damages the intestines, prevents the absorption of vitamins and minerals, and can lead to other health problems. Symptoms can include diarrhea, fatigue, headaches, abdominal pain, brain fog, rashes, nausea, vomiting, and other reactions. Herr’s has not received any reported illnesses to date.
Herr’s Sour Cream & Onion Potato Chips, 1.875 oz. bags only, were distributed nationwide through retail stores, distributors, and internet sales. These products were sold as individual bags. No other bag sizes of Herr’s Sour Cream ‘N Onion Chips are involved with this recall. No other Herr’s products are involved with this recall.
Product Name/Description Code Date UPC No. Herr’s Product Code
1.875 oz. Herr’s Sour Cream & Onion Potato Chips January 02, 2016, up to and including January 30, 2016 72600 00061 122
The packages are a green metallic color bag with a red Herr’s logo at the top center of the package. The lot number is located at the upper right hand corner on the front of the package below the statement “Guaranteed Fresh Until”. The UPC number is located at the lower right hand corner of the back panel of the package.
Herr Foods announced the recall to prevent consumers who are allergic or sensitive to gluten from consuming this product. Consumers with wheat allergies, celiac disease or gluten intolerance should not consume them and should return them to the retailer where they were purchased for a full refund. Herr Foods and other retailers are removing recalled product from the retailers’ shelves. As a result, consumers can be assured that all other Herr’s products that remain on-shelf are safe and not subject to this recall. Consumers with questions may call 1-800-523-5030. Live assistance is available 9am- 5pm EST, Monday thru Friday.
* We believe that none of the products being recalled were processed or offered through the national office.
* We strongly encourage you to notify your agencies within one business day from receipt of this notice.
* ALL cased and uncased inventories, both at the member level and agency level, need to be checked. This product may have entered member and agency warehouses through salvage, local donations, TEFAP, local purchases, retail pickups, food drives, or other avenues.
* For additional local details, please contact the Health Department(s) for the area(s) your food bank serves.
For full details on the recall, please visit:
If you have questions, please contact Wayne Melichar, Food Safety Manager, at [email protected] or 312.629.7263.