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This Popular Snack Sold in 13 Grocery Chains Is Being Pulled From Shelves

This voluntary recall could be dangerous to some.
FACT CHECKED BY Amanda McDonald

Those "popping" into the grocery store for a snack should look to avoid one brand of pre-popped popcorn right now. A recall announcement posted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says the O Organics Sea Salt Organic Popcorn is being pulled from supermarket shelves because of an undeclared milk allergen. People with an allergy or sensitivity to milk may be at risk for a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume the product.

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The recalled popcorn was sold in several grocery store chains like ACME, Safeway, King's, Balducci's, Jewel-Osco, Andronico's Community Markets, Vons, Pak 'N Save, Albertsons, Eagle, Carrs-Safeway, Haggen, and Pavilions in 17 states including Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, and Idaho, plus Washington D.C.

O Organics Sea Salt Organic Popcorn
Snak King / FDA

According to the recall notice, no illnesses have been reported. However, milk allergies may cause symptoms such as "hives, wheezing, itching or tingling around the lips and mouth, coughing or shortness of breath, vomiting," and, in rare cases, anaphylaxis—a severe, potentially life-threatening allergic reaction, according to the Mayo Clinic. Milk allergies are one of the most common allergies in children. It's estimated that as many as 2 in every 100 children under 4-years-old are allergic to milk.

The affected bags weigh 5 ounces, have a "Best if used by" date of either 09/24/2022 or 09/25/2022, and a UPC code of 079893 or 403038. If a customer has bought this item with the date and UPC number in question, it is recommended that they not eat the product and instead return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

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Amber Lake
Amber Lake is a staff writer at Eat This, Not That! and has a degree in journalism from UNF in Jacksonville, Florida. Read more