Bakkavor USA Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk, Walnuts in Trader Joe’s Genova Pasta - 5/11/23

Company Announcement Date: May 4, 2023
FDA Publish Date: May 9, 2023
Product Type: Food & Beverages
Reason for Announcement: Product may contain undeclared milk and walnuts
Company Name: Bakkavor USA
Brand Name: Trader Joe’s
Product Description: Genova Pesto Packaged in Tubs Marked Hummus Dip

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – Bakkavor USA is issuing a voluntary recall of Trader Joe’s Genova Pesto (SKU# 15759) because the product may contain undeclared milk and walnuts. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk or walnuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reactions if they consume this product.

The impacted product has UPC # 00157353 on the side label and Use By Date of 05/27/23 with a time stamp between 6:28-7:07 printed on the bottom of the tub and was distributed to Trader Joe’s stores between 4/28/23 and 4/30/23 in Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, and Washington.

The recall was initiated after it was discovered at a retail store that the Genova Pesto was mistakenly packaged into tubs marked “Hummus Dip.” These tubs do not contain an allergen declaration of milk or walnuts, which are both found in the Genova Pesto.

No illnesses or allergic reactions have been reported to date, and all potentially impacted product has been removed from sale. An investigation into the root cause of this error is ongoing.
This recall is being made with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Consumers who have purchased or received any donations of Trader Joe’s Genova Pesto and have a milk or walnut allergy are urged not to consume the product and to discard or return it to any Trader Joe’s for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Bakkavor USA at (855) 321-7504 from 9AM-4PM EST. Read more about this recall online.


*We believe that none of the product being recalled were processed or offered through the national office
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*ALL cased and uncased inventories, both at the member level and agency level, need to be checked. This product may have entered member and agency warehouses through salvage, local donations, TEFAP, local purchases, retail pickups, food drives, or other avenues.
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