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HEALTH DEPARTMENTS& REGULATORY AGENCIES:
Patty Harvey, Director
Food Safety and Quality
Lanie Friedman, Manager
Communication & External Relations
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 29, 2013 –Today, Lightlife Foods in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is voluntarily recalling a limited number of packages of its Lightlife Farmer’s Market Veggie Burgers that may contain an undeclared allergen, milk. Certain packages of the Farmer’s Market Veggie Burgers may have inadvertently been filled with Lightlife Kick’n Black Bean Burgers, which contain an allergen, milk. The milk allergen is not declared on the Farmer’s Market Veggie Burger product label. This product was shipped to food stores and distributors nationwide.
People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product. There have been no illnesses reported to date in connection with this product.
The affected product, Lightlife Farmer’s Market Veggie Burgers, are packaged in 12.0-ounce, 4-count light blue bags with a Lightlife logo and picture of the veggie burger product on the front panel. This voluntary recall is limited to Lightlife Farmer’s Market Veggie Burgers in 12.0-ounce, 4-count light blue bags bearing the following UPC code and Best if Used By dates only:
Lightlife Farmer’s Market Veggie Burgers 12.0-ounce, 4-count packages
Unit UPC: 4345480525
Lot Codes: 5483220300, 5483221700
Best if Used By Dates: JULY 16 2013, JULY 30 2013
Both the UPC code and Best if Used By dates are printed on the back of each bag, in the lower right corner. No other Lightlife products are affected.
This product is a food safety concern only for people who are allergic to milk.
Consumers who have purchased the impacted product should discard it and contact Lightlife Foods for product replacement or questions: 866-484-9623, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The issue was discovered after consumers found Lightlife Kick’n Black Bean burgers in Farmer’s Market Veggie Burger packages and contacted the company. Lightlife Foods has taken the precautionary measure of notifying the FDA and is voluntarily recalling cases of the product shipped to retail food locations nationwide. Lightlife Foods will work with retail customers to ensure that the recalled products are removed from store shelves.
Lightlife Foods is also issuing an alert through Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) in an effort to inform any potentially impacted consumers.
Recalled Product Photos Are Also Available on FDA's Flickr Photostream.