Applegate Gluten Free Chicken Nuggets Recall
On January 18th, 2013 Applegate issued a recall on 3,144 packages of Applegate Naturals Gluten-Free Chicken Nuggets with Lot Code 210864 and a Best Before date of August 28, 2013.
“The product subject to recall include:
8-oz. cartons of “APPLEGATE® Naturals Gluten-Free Chicken Nuggets
The establishment number “P-2617” can be found printed on the side of each carton. The products were packaged on Sept. 19, 2012. The lot number “210864” and the best before date “08/28/13” are printed on each carton’s side panel. The UPC code “25317-00556” is printed on the back of each carton. The products were distributed to retail stores in Indiana, Maryland, Oregon and Washington. Consumers who purchased these products should return them to the store for a full refund.” - fsis.usda.gov
You won’t believe how this happened
Needless to say this is very upsetting, especially because the chicken nuggets were certified gluten free by the Gluten Free Certification Organization.
Read this excerpt from a conversation on the Applegate facebook page regarding what happened.
Accidentally put into the gluten free packaging? Are you fu***** kidding me?
I’m guessing that a huge company like Applegate labels their product while it’s in production. So if my guess is correct the person(s) who “accidentally put the non-gluten-free chicken nuggets into the gluten free packaging” didn’t read the label.
How ironic that when we put trust in to a company that is certified gluten free we feel like we don’t need to read the label for hidden gluten but in this case it was the company that didn’t read their own label before packaging their own product.
As many of you know I’m in the process of creating a subscription based gluten free food box service, this accident issue has made me give more thought about the companies I’ll be choosing to be featured in my box. My initial thoughts were to feature certified gluten free companies that had good tasting products but I’m beginning to re-think if a gluten free certification is enough.
Tell Me What You Think!
Did you know that a product can be Certified Gluten Free even though it’s being manufactured in the same facility as non-gluten-free products? This accident could have been avoided if one of the requirements for a product to be Certified Gluten Free was to have it be made in a dedicated gluten free facility, but obviously this it not a requirement. I know what Dr. Rodney Ford would say…. GLUTEN ZERO