Rocky Top Farms of Ellsworth, MI recalled its 10-ounce jars of “Cherry Butter” fruit butter due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen.
The mislabeled product did not indicate the presence of milk, posing a potential health risk for people who consumed the product and have an allergy or intolerance to milk.
According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a person experiencing an allergic reaction to milk may experience hives, itching or eczema, swelling of the lips, face, tongue, and throat, nasal congestion, abdominal pain, nausea or vomiting, and dizziness.
The recall was initiated after they discovered that the packaging did not indicate the presence of milk. Subsequent investigation indicates the problem was caused by an incident whereby the inclusion of milk occurred during the sample inspection process.
The production of the “Cherry Butter” fruit butter has been suspended until FDA and the company is certain the product has been corrected.
The products covered by this recall have been regionally distributed to select retailers/warehouses in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
In response to this, Rocky Top Farms representatives have been coordinating with retail stores, instructing them to immediately remove the product from store shelves and inventories.
The company has also issued a point of sale notice to its customers to explain why the product is being recalled and what to do if they have purchased the product.
Rocky Top Farms has advised their customers who bought the product and are allergic to milk to not consume it and to return it to the point of sale for a full refund.
There have been no reported illnesses thus far.
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