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This Beloved Popcorn Is Being Recalled In 16 States, FDA Says

A customer notified the brand of a packaging mix-up that could be dangerous to some consumers.

Popcorn is one of those snacks that can be healthy and festive, especially in these warm months when small gatherings are getting safer. But if you're about to pop some popcorn for a crowd or just your family—especially if you're avoiding what's now the biggest food allergy threat—check out which major popcorn brand has just issued a recall after a customer notified them that some packages had been filled with the wrong variety in a packaging mix-up.

On Wednesday, Jolly Time Pop Corn issued a voluntary recall of select Healthy Pop Kettle Corn 100's in the four-count units. Especially dangerous for lactose-intolerant consumers, the Jolly Time Healthy Pop Kettle Corn contains milk ingredients that the brand failed to declare. In their announcement published on the Food and Drug Administration's website on Thursday, Jolly Time stated: "People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume the product contained inside the recalled bags."

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Jolly Time also says the Healthy Pop Kettle Corn products of concern were regionally distributed to select retailers and warehouses in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming. The brand says they did not distribute these recalled products to any other states, but as some companies call out, sometimes it's possible that the products may be distributed beyond those points.

The FDA's recall advisory states that these Jolly Time popcorn products were manufactured on January 25, 2021. In the advisory, the brand explained:

The recall was initiated after JOLLY TIME was notified by a customer that certain cartons of Healthy Pop Kettle Corn 100's (4 count) were inadvertently filled with another flavor of popcorn, potentially exposing consumers to undeclared allergen: milk.

They stated no reactions had been reported to date, but that consumers with a milk allergy or sensitivity should not consume the product and discard it immediately.

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Krissy Gasbarre
Krissy is a senior news editor at Eat This, Not That!, managing morning and weekend news related to nutrition, wellness, restaurants and groceries (with a focus on beverages), and more. Read more