Major Supermarket Chain Issues Chocolate Recall

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September 05, 2017Sep 05, 2017

Say it ain’t so!

A major supermarket chain has issued a recall of their store brand of chocolate chips. But unlike Walmart’s recent recall of their Great Value frozen cherries, this one has nothing to do with Listeria or other forms of food contamination.

This recall has to do with ShopRite’s brand of Semi-Sweet Real Chocolate Chips. ShopRite is a New Jersey-based northeastern supermarket chain with over 300 locations in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania and is the largest food retailer in some of those states. Some stores are under the banner of Dearborn Market, Price Rite, and The Fresh Grocer.

What’s at issue with the chocolate chips is that the bag is missing a warning that it might contain pieces of milk chocolate chips, too, according to NJ.com. That’s a big problem for consumers who suffer from dairy allergies and lactose intolerance.

With a growing number of cases of food allergies in the U.S. — or a growing awareness of them — proper packaging and food labeling have become vital for those wanting to avoid an allergic reaction and for those wanting to diagnose any intolerance problems they may be having.

Karen Meleta, who is an official for ShopRite’s parent company Wakefern, said, “Customers who purchased the chocolate chips may return them for an immediate refund or replacement. People who are not allergic to milk and those who are not concerned about consuming dairy ingredients may choose not to return the product as it is otherwise safe to eat.”

The affected product can be found in ShopRite and Fresh Grocer Price Plus Club stores, according to a statement from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. Look for a barcode that says “041190 02668” and a “use by” date of April 11 or April 12, 2019.

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