GoPicnic is recalling two ready-to-eat meals marked as vegan because the chocolate in the meals contains a milk allergen.
Both the GoPicnic Black Bean Dip & Plantain Chips and Hummus & Crackers meals contain Professor Zim Zams Extraordinary Sweets Dark Chocolate with Orange and Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt. They were sold by U.S. retailers, and online from January 31, 2013, to August 27, 2013.
Vegans eat a diet free of all foods derived from animals, including milk and other dairy products. The recall notice focuses on the risk of allergic reaction to those who have severe milk allergies, but many more people on a vegan diet are likely to be more concerned about the mislabeling. Gluten-free foods were recently scrutinized by the Food and Drug Administration, and more rigorous labeling is on tap. The chocolate was recalled by G. Debbas Chocolatier, Inc., a third-party supplier, because of the undlecared milk particles.
The meals have been updated since the announcement of the recall, and the chocolate has been removed.
We sincerely apologize to our valued customers for any inconvenience or concern due to the mislabeled packaging, said Julia Stamberger, CEO & President of GoPicnic Brands. The health and safety of our customers is paramount to us and we are committed to providing our customers with safe meals that are produced, sourced and handled responsibly.
If you may have a GoPicnic meal that has been recalled, you can check the lot codes against this list on the FDA website, and then visit gopicnic.com/voluntaryrc to request a coupon for a replacement meal. Requests must include the meal lot number, best by date, and a photo of a receipt or product package for each meal requesting replacement. Questions should be directed to GoPicnic Brands at 773-328-2490 Monday through Friday between 9 a.m.-6 p.m. CST, or via email to the Customer Relations Department at email@example.com.
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