Rite Aid Recalls Butter Cookie Tins for Possible Bacterial Contamination

Rite Aid, in collaboration with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), just implemented a chain-wide recall of about 85,000 tins of butter cookies, the agency just announced.

The Rite Aid butter cookies were distributed by the drug store chain under the Rich Fields brand name and the recall was initiated over potential contamination with the Bacillus cereus bacteria. Bacillus cereus can lead to diarrhea, nausea,
and/or vomiting.

As we’ve written, Bacillus cereus is responsible for about two percent of all foodborne illness, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Illness comes within 24 hours after exposure; serious illness and permanent injury can occur, but are rare.

This recall involves the 12-ounce tins of Rich Fields Butter Cookies featuring either a decorative castle or Christmas designs that were sold exclusively in Rite Aid stores.

Recalled Rich Fields Butter Cookies bear UPC 01249596519 and 88411804619 located directly beneath the bar code on the bottom of each tin. No other Rich Fields or Rite Aid brand products are affected by this voluntary recall.
The recall was initiated after the company conducted quality testing on the affected product due to an uncharacteristic odor.

Customers should not eat the cookies and can return them to any Rite Aid store for a full refund.
Information regarding the recall is available online at www.RiteAid.com or by calling 1.800.RITE.AID, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. EST.
Rite Aid is contacting customers who purchased the affected products using Its Wellness+ loyalty card to inform them of the recall.

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