Product varieties affected by the recall are Rold Gold Tiny Twists, Rold Gold Thins, Rold Gold Sticks and Rold Gold Honey Wheat Braided. Only certain package sizes are affected by the recall, which also is limited to products with “guaranteed fresh dates” ranging from June 28-Aug. 23, 2016. The recalled pretzels also may be found in certain multipack offerings.
“The recall is the direct result of a recent recall by a Frito-Lay supplier of certain lots of flour for undeclared peanut residue,” Frito-Lay said. As of June 7, Frito-Lay said it had received no reports of illness in connection with the recalled products.
The flour recall was the latest in a series announced in recent weeks by users of soft wheat flour. About a month ago, CSM North America and several of its customers announced the recall of a range of products because of the possible presence of undeclared peanuts. On June 4, Hostess Brands LLC recalled more than 700,000 cases of snack cakes and donuts for the same reason.
Grain Craft operates two flour mills in Georgia, U.S., a 15,000-cwt (daily capacity) flour mill in Barnesville, and a 4,800-cwt mill in Rome. The Rome facility also includes bakery mix manufacturing capability. Barnesville is about 120 miles southeast of Rome.
Grain Craft identified soft red winter wheat grown in the peanut producing regions of the South as the source of the allergen. The flour milled from the wheat was shipped to numerous customers.
“As of April 30, Grain Craft ceased using the wheat in question and subsequent FDA testing did not show the presence of peanut protein in flour from our south Georgia mill,” the company said. “In addition, FDA fully inspected our south Georgia facility and did not indicate any concerns with the mill’s operations. All of our milling processes have been and continue to be in compliance with all FDA and USDA milling standards.”
Grain Craft noted the company does not use or produce peanuts or peanut products in any of its mills and also does not produce any consumer products.
The company said it is no longer milling wheat from the area that was the source of the wheat containing the traces of peanut.
“The wheat was grown in a peanut producing region of the South,” the company said.
“These recent recalls bring to light the challenge of agricultural cross-contact, which is the result of customary methods of growing, harvesting and shipping wheat and other agricultural products,” Grain Craft said. “Grain Craft has taken the lead in driving this industry-wide discussion for our customers and their consumers.”