Walmart has announced a recall of their Ready to Build Chocolate Cookie Bunny Hutch Kit, just shy of the Easter holiday on April 17. The candy crafting product recall is due to a milk allergen missing from the "contains" statement on the package.
It is required that the statement on the box list "skim milk powder" as an ingredient in the event individuals with an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk consume the product unknowingly. According to the Mayo Clinic, milk allergies can 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. It's estimated that as many as 2 in every 100 children under 4-years-old are allergic to milk which is one of the most common allergies in children.
The voluntary recall was initiated by Wilton Industries, a leading maker of food crafting products in Naperville, Ill. and manufacturer of the product. Wilton Industries was alerted to the mishap after a customer sent in an inquiry, according to their statement. The Ready to Build Chocolate Cookie Bunny Hutch Kit is a candy crafting product that contains chocolate biscuits, sprinkles, icing, and other candy decorative items for building a "bunny hutch centerpiece for your Easter dinner," according to Walmart's website.
The product was nationally distributed in retail stores, which includes Walmart locations around the United States. Affected boxes have a lot code of 22005, 22006, or 22007 on the bottom.
To date, there have been no reports of illness or death from an allergic reaction due to the product. The company noted that while the allergen was not labeled correctly on the "contains" list on the box, "Skim Milk Product" was listed as part of the ingredients.
Should this treat be in your kitchen, it's best not to consume it. If you are interested in more information regarding this recall, click here for the company's contact information.