GFS Hostess Candy Allergy Alert and Recall

Date: April 25, 2012
What: GFS® Hostess Candy
Why: Mispacked; Wheat, milk and egg allergens not declared on the label
Scope: Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee Gordon Food Service Marketplace stores

Krispak of Grand Rapids, Michigan is recalling 16 cases of GFS Hostess Candy Mix 8, 48 oz. packages due to a potential mis-pack, resulting in undeclared food allergens. A small number of cases of GFS Hostess Candy Mix were inadvertently put into GFS Chocolate Sprinkles packages. GFS Hostess Candy Mix contains wheat and milk and may contain egg food allergens, none of which are declared on the GFS Chocolate Sprinkles package. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk, eggs, and wheat run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

The GFS Hostess Candy Mix in question was distributed from April 5th – 19th to Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee Gordon Food Service Marketplace Stores.

Product is in a red stand up GFS, 48 oz. pouch that says Chocolate Sprinkles. The code date is embossed on the top of the pouch as 088 12.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

Subsequent investigation indicates the problem was caused by a temporary breakdown in Krispak's production and packaging processes.

Consumers who purchased GFS Hostess Mix by the case or GFS Chocolate Sprinkles should investigate their purchase. Consumers whom received mis-packed product are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Krispak at (616) 554-1377 during the hours of 6:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Eastern time.

Consumers with questions about food safety can Ask Heidi, a certified food safety professional.

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