Cookie Recall Update as FDA Sets Risk Level

June 12, 2024 USA

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has classified the recall of Hy-Vee To Go Cookies & Cream Mix as a Class I risk, the most severe category, indicating a reasonable probability that consumption or exposure to the product could cause serious adverse health consequences or death. Class II is used when “use of, or exposure to, a violative product may cause temporary or medically reversible adverse health consequences or where the probability of serious adverse health consequences is remote.” Class III is a situation in which “the use of, or exposure to, a violative product is not likely to cause adverse health consequences.”The recall was initiated due to potential salmonella contamination.

Background of the Recall

The recall ,which began in early May, initially included several Hy-Vee products, including two varieties of Hy-Vee Cream Cheese Spread. The wider recall was prompted by Palmer Candy Company after their liquid-coating supplier reported a possible salmonella risk. No illnesses have been reported to date, according to Hy-Vee.

Distribution and Products Affected

The affected confectionery items were distributed nationwide to retailers such as Walmart, Target, Dollar General, and Hy-Vee stores. Specific product details are as follows:

  • Hy-Vee To Go Cookies & Cream Mix
    • Net wt. 4 oz (113g)
    • UPC: 0075450486740
    • Quantity: 154 cases of 6 x 4oz containers
  • Hy-Vee Cookies & Cream Mix
    • Net wt. 16oz (453g)
    • UPC: 0075450486730
    • Quantity: 619 cases of 6 x 16oz containers
  • Lot Numbers: 24073, 24101, and 24117

These products were distributed across multiple states, including Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

Health Risks and Symptoms

Salmonella can cause severe illness, particularly in young children, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems. Symptoms include fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. In severe cases, the infection can be fatal.

Actions for Consumers

Consumers who have purchased the affected products should discard them immediately or return them to their local Hy-Vee store for a full refund. The FDA and Hy-Vee continue to monitor the situation closely to ensure consumer safety.

For further information and updates on this recall, please visit the FDA website or contact Hy-Vee customer service.

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