Trader Joe’s has issued a voluntary recall involving one of its pasta products following some allergic reactions experienced by customers due to an undeclared allergen that is possibly present in the affected product.
According to Trader Joe’s, the company decided to recall its Trader Giotto’s Butternut Squash Triangoli that was sold in its refrigerated deli section. The affected batch has the “Use or Freeze by” codes 04 16 15 through 01 15 16. Moreover, they were packed in an 8.8 oz. package and have the product code SKU 94348.
Customers have reported experiencing allergic reactions after consuming the affected pasta product. Moreover, the said customers are said to be allergic to tree nuts. However, Trader Joe’s says that tree nuts are actually not an intended ingredient in its Trader Giotto’s Butternut Squash Triangoli.
According to the Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), as much as 15 million Americans have food allergies, with the disease affecting 1 in every 13 children under the age of 18. In every three minutes, someone is rushed to the emergency department due to a food allergy reaction. In fact, allergic reactions to food actually account for more than 200,000 visits to the ER. Tree nuts account for 0.4 to 0.6 percent of reported allergy reactions to food in the U.S.
All of the affected products have reportedly been removed from store shelves. Should customers have questions, they can call Trader Joe’s Customer Relations at (626) 599-3817 [Monday through Friday, 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Pacific Time].