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An explanation of the ‘unexpected’ ingredient that caused a Chips Ahoy! recall

What to do if you think you have a recalled product

There are many numbers and dates on the foods, drugs, cosmetics, and other products we use every day. When unsafe products must be removed from the market, these numbers and dates can help identify them quickly.
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There are many numbers and dates on the foods, drugs, cosmetics, and other products we use every day. When unsafe products must be removed from the market, these numbers and dates can help identify them quickly.

Cornstarch trouble caused the current recall of some Chewy Chips Ahoy! cookies, Nabisco parent company Mondelez Global said in a Tuesday email to The Herald.

Mondelez’s website recall announcement that posted Saturday and retailer announcements Monday referred to the cookies possibly having “an unexpected solidified ingredient.” Upon request, a Mondelez spokesperson gave a less opaque explanation.

“In some instances, the cornstarch in our Chewy Chips Ahoy! recipe did not fully incorporate in the mixing procedure and solidified in the baking process,” the email said.

“The vast majority of consumers have not reported adverse events with respect to the product in the four code dates recalled. However, a small number of consumers have reported gagging, choking or dental injury, but none of these reports have been confirmed at this time.”

The recall covered 13-ounce packs of the cookies with best by dates of 07SEP2019, 08SEP2019, 14SEP2019 and 15SEP2019. If you have these packs, don’t eat them. Return them to the store for a full refund.

Since 1989, David J. Neal’s domain at the Miami Herald has expanded to include writing about Panthers (NHL and FIU), Dolphins, old school animation, food safety, fraud, naughty lawyers, bad doctors and all manner of breaking news. He drinks coladas whole. He does not work Indianapolis 500 Race Day.


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