Van Leeuwen Issues Voluntary Recall on Undeclared Walnuts in Brown Sugar Chunk Ice Cream Pints - 5/25/23
Company Announcement Date: May 23, 2023
FDA Publish Date: May 23, 2023
Product Type: Food & Beverages, Ice Cream/Frozen Dairy, Allergens
Reason for Announcement: Undeclared walnuts
Company Name: Van Leeuwen Ice Cream LLC
Brand Name: Van Leeuwen
Product Description: Brown Sugar Chunk with Cookie Dough & Brownies French Ice Cream
BROOKLYN, NY: Van Leeuwen Ice Cream of Brooklyn, NY, is voluntarily recalling 4,096 frozen 14-oz. pints of its French ice cream product “Brown Sugar Chunk” because it contains an undeclared allergen: walnuts. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to walnuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.
The recalled products are distributed nationally in retail stores. The product comes in a 14-oz. reddish brown package with black lettering on the cup and lid, as reflected in the image below. The product is marked with lot number 23P102 (Best By Date April 12, 2025), which is displayed on the bottom of the pint. The recall does not apply to any other lot marking, best by date, or varieties of Van Leeuwen ice cream products.
The recall was voluntarily initiated after a customer complaint led to the discovery that the ice cream in this lot contains walnuts but was distributed in packaging that did not declare the presence of walnuts. The cause of the product labeling error is under investigation.
Consumers who have purchased the impacted lot should return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.
Any questions or concerns should be directed to JD Dillion at JD@vanleeuwenicecream.com, or call 215-824-6613 between 9AM-5PM EST. Read more about this recall on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website.
*We believe that none of the product being recalled were processed or offered through the national office
*We strongly encourage you to notify your agencies within one business day from receipt of this notice.
*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.
*For additional local details, please contact the Health Department(s) for the area(s) your food bank serves.
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