September 22, 2003
Allergy Alert Issued For Refrigerated
Great Value Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
Earthgrains Refrigerated Dough Products, L.P., is voluntarily recalling
18-ounce packages of refrigerated Great Value Chocolate Chip Cookies
Spoonable Cookie Dough sold at Wal-Mart Supercenters and Neighborhood
Markets nationwide because the chocolate chips contain milk, which is not
listed as an ingredient on the package.
Consumption of this product by people who have an allergy or sensitivity to
milk may result in a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction. This
product only poses a potential hazard to milk-allergic individuals. The
company has not received any consumer complaints regarding these products.
Packages marked with any use-before expiration date through Jan. 4, 2004,
are being recalled. The expiration date, applied by inkjet, may be found on
the lengthwise seam of the package. It will be marked with a number for the
day, followed by an abbreviation for the month, followed by the last two
digits of the year. For example, a use-before expiration date of Jan. 4,
2004, would be represented as 04JAN04.
The affected packages have been removed from store shelves and are no longer
available for purchase, but some packages may remain in consumer
refrigerators or freezers. Consumers may return the cookie dough packages to
Wal-Mart Supercenter or Neighborhood Market stores for a full refund.
Earthgrains Refrigerated Dough Products, which manufactures the cookie dough
for Wal-Mart, discovered the label discrepancy during a quality-control
label review. Earthgrains is working together with Wal-Mart and the Food and
Drug Administration in undertaking a voluntary recall of this product. The
company has also notified the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network.
The recall does not apply to the Great Value Chocolate Chip Cookies
Break-Apart Cookie Dough or any other Great Value brand product.
Consumers who may have questions or concerns should call the Earthgrains
Refrigerated Dough Products toll-free consumer line at (800) 323-7117. The
consumer line is available from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (CDT) Mondays through
Fridays. For after-hours calls, messages may be left, and they will be
returned by the end of the next business day.