Gluten-free croutons recalled for undeclared allergen

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Aleias Gluten Free Foods, LLC is recalling multiple lots of its parmesan croutons and classic croutons because they contain an undeclared allergen. The packages can contain peanut protein, but this is not included in the ingredient list. The brand is asking consumers who are allergic to peanuts to throw away their bags or return them to the store for a refund.

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Aleias Gluten Free Parmesan Croutons and Aleias Gluten Free Classic Croutons are sold in packages of 8 ounces by many grocery stores and online retailers. They are in brown paper bags with the company name in a circle at the top. The parmesan croutons have UPC codes of 8 55930 00162 3, and the lot codes are 410221, 413121, 416021, 417221, 419211, 510110 and 514210. The classic croutons have UPC codes of 8 55930 00161 6, and the lot codes are 410221, 413121, 416021, 417221, 419211, 510110 and 514210.

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration indicates this is a voluntary recall, and Aleias Gluten Free Foods, LLC discovered the potential problem because cumin from a supplier may have peanut protein contamination. This peanut protein may have ended up in the packages of gluten-free croutons sold by the brand.

Aleias recommends returning the product to the store for refunds or throwing it away. People with peanut allergies should not eat it. The company is encouraging consumers to contact it at 203-488-5556 if there are questions about the recall. Undeclared allergens have been a problem for other food manufacturers in recent months, and in some cases an outside supplier is to blame. Contamination is difficult to avoid, but it puts the lives of consumers with allergies at risk each time it occurs.

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