Iowa-based Wells Enterprises Inc. said Friday it is voluntarily recalling a limited number of packages of its Blue Bunny Personals ice cream as it was wrongly packed and contains undeclared wheat, which can put to risk consumers who are allergic to wheat and/or gluten.
The recalled products were distributed in 5.5 fluid ounce Personals cartons, with 'Best Used By' date of January 10, 2012 and Lot Number 10009.
The company said that on a limited number of packages, the lid describes the product as Blue Bunny Super Chunky Cookie Dough ice cream, and the carton portion of the package explains the product as Blue Bunny Peanut Butter Panic ice cream.
The product inside the carton is Super Chunky Cookie Dough, which contains wheat, but the ingredient statement on the carton fails to declare that.
Wells Enterprises said until date no adverse reactions have been brought to its notice.
The affected product was shipped to the states of Kansas, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Iowa, Oklahoma, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee, Florida, Wisconsin, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Massachusetts, and Texas.
Wells Enterprises realized the packaging error after a store reported that the lid and cup were for different products.
The allergy alert and recall relates only to the above mentioned mispackaged Blue Bunny ice cream, and no other Blue Bunny ice cream products are affected.
Wheat allergy is one of the top 8 food allergies in the US, and reactions pertain to the skin, mouth, lungs, and even the GI tract. Symptoms of wheat allergy can include rash, wheezing, lip swelling, abdominal pain and diarrhea.
Gluten, meanwhile, is a protein composite found in foods processed from wheat and related grain species, including barley and rye. It gives elasticity to dough, helping it to rise and to keep its shape, and often a chewy texture.
Gluten sensitivity belongs to a spectrum of disorders in which gluten has an adverse effect on the body. It can be defined as a non-allergic and non-autoimmune condition in which the consumption of gluten can lead to symptoms similar to those observed in coeliac disease or wheat allergy.
Symptoms of gluten sensitivity include bloating, abdominal discomfort, pain or diarrhea. It can also result in extra-intestinal symptoms including migraines, lethargy, attention-deficit disorder and hyperactivity, schizophrenia, muscular disturbances, and joint pain.
by RTT Staff Writer
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