Undeclared Sodium-Bisulfite Prompts FDA and Federico’s Bakery to Issue Allergy Alert and Recall of Apricot-Filled Butter Cookies

The FDA has issued an allergy alert and notification of a recall by Federico’s Bakery of Duarte, California, for that company’s “Apricot-filled Butter Cookies.” The apricot filling in that product contains sodium-bisulfite that can cause serious or potentially life-threatening reactions in people who are allergic to sulfites.

The recalled cookies were distributed in California and sold in retail stores. Packages with the following item numbers have been recalled:

Item No.

Description

Size

VS 118 Italian Deluxe Assortment 13.50 oz
VS 119 Fancy Butter Cookie Assortment 11.50 oz
VS 122 Butter Cookie Apricot Center 11.50 oz
VS 123 Assorted Butter Cookies 11.50 oz
V118 Deluxe Italian Assortment 32 oz
V119 Fancy Butter Cookies 32 oz

To date, no illnesses have been reported in connection with this problem.

The recall was initiated after it was discovered that the product was distributed in packaging that did not indicate that sodium- bisulfite was an ingredient. An investigation revealed the problem was caused by not properly labeling the sodium-bisulfite in the packages.

Consumers who have purchased the recalled products should return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Anyone with questions may contact the company directly at 1-626-357-3243 extension 13.

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