This Treat Is Being Pulled From Grocery Store Shelves in 35+ States
Around 20 million people in the U.S. have a sensitivity to gluten, while 1 in 133 people has celiac disease. Thanks to ingredient lists on nutrition labels, anyone who falls under either two categories can know exactly what they are eating. But sometimes products fail to alert gluten, and many times they are recalled because of it. Recently a dessert found in many national grocery chains was pulled from shelves for that specific reason, but it could have been purchased and be in consumers' kitchens.
Twelve-ounce packages of Sugar Cookie Dough from the brand Sweet Loren's may contain traces of gluten despite being labeled gluten-free, a company announcement posted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says. The dough is made with a gluten-free flour blend of oat, tapioca, and potato starch, as well as cane sugar, palm oil, water, vanilla, sea salt, and baking soda.
Packages were sent to retail stores in 37 states (to see if yours is on it, click here). They have a Lot Code of AF22 115 and a "Best By" date of 12/1/2022.
"The issue was identified through testing of the product in-house," the company says. "The oat flour used was determined to have traces of gluten despite having documentation (COA) declaring it to be gluten gree. No other lots of Sweet Loren's Sugar Cookie Dough are included in this recall."
For a gluten sensitivity, symptoms from ingestion can range from abdominal pain, anxiety, bloating, brain fog, gas, diarrhea, headache, joint pain, a skin rash, and more, according to the Cleveland Clinic. For those with celiac disease, symptoms from eating gluten include bloating, diarrhea, weight loss, nausea, vomiting, constipation, as well as, anemia, osteoporosis, itchy and blistering skin rashes, mouth ulcers, headaches, and more, the Mayo Clinic says.
This cookie dough isn't the only recall for grocery shoppers to be aware of right now, though. This Recalled Snack Has Caused Jaundice, Stomach Pains, and More in Almost 500 People in 34 States and more cases are popping up, leading the company to face a lawsuit.