Potato Chips Made with Wheat Mistakenly Labeled Gluten-Free
Herr Foods Inc. has initiated a voluntary recall for its Sour Cream and Onion Potato Chip due to a packaging error that incorrectly states that the product is gluten free.
The label complies with Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations by listing wheat in the ingredient statement as well as Contains Wheat in its related allergen statement. However, the words Gluten Free appear on the front, courtesy of a temporary manufacturing error.
The recalled product was distributed nationwide and is sold in 1.875 ounce bags. The packaging bears a code date between 01/02/2016 and 01/30/2016, the UPC 7260000061, and Herr's product code 122. The packages are a green metallic color bag with a red Herr's logo at the top center of the package. The UPC number is located at the lower right hand corner of the back panel of the package.
Herr's has received no reports of illnesses to date.
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.
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.
Customers with questions about the recall can contact Herr's at (800) 523-5030.