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If You Bought These Frito-Lay Chips, Throw Them Away Now, FDA Says

The popular snacks may present a serious health risk, authorities say.
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From Doritos to Sun Chips to Fritos, Frito-Lay makes some of the most popular snack foods on the market, selling their products to billions of satisfied customers each year. However, if you bought one type of Frito-Lay chip recently, you may want to think twice before eating it, now that the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has announced its recall due to the potential health risk it may present to consumers.

Read on to discover if you should be purging your pantry of this popular snack food now.
And for some more foods you're better off avoiding, check out these Popular Costco Foods That Are Making You Gain Weight, Say Dietitians.

Frito-Lay has recalled a limited number of Wavy Lay's chips.

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On August 11, the FDA announced that Frito-Lay had voluntarily issued a limited recall of 7 ¾ bags of Wavy Lay's Original Potato Chips. The recall affects a total of 31 bags of chips sold at retail locations in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia as early as July 23, 2021.

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The chips may contain an undisclosed allergen.

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The recalled chips were pulled from shelves after it was discovered that they may contain milk, a common allergen. "Those with an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume product contained inside the recalled bags," the recall notice states. If you have a milk allergy or sensitivity, Frito-Lay recommends that you do not consume the chips, but throw them away instead.

The affected chips can be identified by UPC 0 28400 04380 9 and either a "Guaranteed Fresh" date of 02 Nov 2021 and Manufacturing Code 1712 17944 85 21:30 or a "Guaranteed Fresh" date of 19 Oct 2021 and Manufacturing Code 1713 20044 18 03:37.

Related: What Happens to Your Body When You Eat a Bag of Potato Chips

Since 2004, milk must be disclosed on packaged food labels in the U.S.

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A 2014 study published in the journal Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics found that milk is the most common food allergy in children in the U.S., with the condition affecting approximately 2.5 percent of U.S. children and numerous adults. With such prevalence, milk numbers among the "Big 8" allergens—a group of the most common food allergens in the U.S.

In 2004, Congress passed the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA) requiring that any packaged goods that fall under FDA jurisdiction identify Big 8 allergens on their packaging, a standard the recalled Frito-Lay chips fail to meet. And for more foods that may make you ill, check out the 17 Foods Most Likely to Give You Food Poisoning.

Customers can contact Frito-Lay with questions.

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The recall is limited to this particular type of Lay's chips, and at the time the notice was issued, Frito-Lay had received no reports of customers becoming ill after consuming the affected products.

However, if you have questions related to the recall, you can contact Frito-Lay Consumer Relations at (800) 352-4477 on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CST. For more recent recalls to watch out for, check out If You Bought This Chicken, Throw It Out Now, USDA Says.

Sarah Crow
Sarah Crow is a senior editor at Eat This, Not That!, where she focuses on celebrity news and health coverage. Read more
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