Thursday, April 22, 2010

RECALL IMPORTANT TO CELIACS: Zatarain Dirty Rice

Recently, the FDA announced a recall of a mislabeled product which could be harmful to celiacs or those who must follow a gluten-free diet for other reasons. The Louisiana company, Zatarain's has announced a voluntary recall of Zatarain's Original Dirty Rice Mix, 8 oz. package with UPC Code 7142909535 and a "BEST BY" date of JAN 19 12H.

Zatarain's Original Dirty Rice Mix packages with this date code contain undeclared wheat and barley ingredients. Each of those ingredients contains gluten and is avoided by celiacs, for whom the reactions can be serious or even life-threatening.

The Zatarain's Original Dirty Rice Mix package was distributed to limited grocery stores in Florida, Michigan and Virginia beginning February 15, 2010. The product is available in 8 oz. boxes, and the date code is found on the bottom of the package. The "BEST BY" date of JAN1912H is the only date code affected by the recall. No other Zatarain's products are involved in this recall. All grocery outlets that sell Zatarain's New Orleans Style Dirty Rice Mix packages have been notified to remove the affected product (UPC Code 7142909535 and a "BEST BY" date of JAN1912H) from their shelves immediately.

This recall is being made with the knowledge of the Food and Drug Administration. The company is also issuing an alert through the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network.

WHO TO CONTACT: Consumers do not need to return the product to the store where it was purchased. Instead, consumers are urged to contact Zatarain's Consumer Affairs at 1-877-837-3796, weekdays from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM Eastern Time, for a replacement or full refund, as well as instructions on what to do with the product. 

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