Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Nougat Crunch Ice Cream Allergy Alert and Recall

Date: June 12, 2012
What: Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Nougat Crunch Ice Cream
Why: Missing allergen statement, peanuts and tree nuts
Scope: Nationwide

Unilever of Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey is recalling pint containers of its Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Nougat Crunch Ice Cream: Sweet Cream Ice Cream with Fudge Covered Wafer Cookies & a Chocolate Nougat Swirl ("Chocolate Nougat Crunch") that are missing the allergen advisory statement, "Allergy Information: Fudge covered wafer pieces have been manufactured on shared equipment that processes peanuts and tree nuts." This allergen advisory statement should be at the end of the ingredients list but was inadvertently omitted from the recalled product. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts or tree nuts (chestnuts, Brazil nuts, walnuts, hazelnuts, pecans, pine nuts and cashews) run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume the recalled product.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

The recall was initiated after it was discovered the ingredient label on pint containers did not include this information.

The affected Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Nougat Crunch Ice Cream is sold in pint containers with UPC 7684020899, and date codes JUL1113BJ1, JUL1213BJ1, AUG0113BJ1, AUG0213BJ1, AUG2313BJ1, AUG2413BJ1, AUG2513BJ1, SEP2013BJ1, SEP2113BJ1, and OCT2313BJ1. The date code can be found on the bottom of the pint.

The Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Nougat Crunch Ice Cream was manufactured in the United States. The product was distributed nationwide and reached consumers through retail stores. No other Ben & Jerry's products are affected, including bulk (2.4 gallon) containers of Chocolate Nougat Crunch served in Ben & Jerry's franchised Scoop Shops.

Consumers who purchased Chocolate Nougat Crunch pints with the affected UPC and date code(s) are asked to discard any remaining product, rinse out the pint container, cut out and retain the UPC on the side of the container and call 1-877-270-7397, which is operational 24 hours a day seven days a week, for a replacement coupon. A consumer services representative is available Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Eastern time.

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