The cookies tested positive for the presence of dairy products, which were not declared on the product packaging.
NASHVILLE, Tennessee – The Division of Consumer and Industry Services (CIS) of the Tennessee Department of Agriculture is alerting consumers to a recall of chocolate chip cookies.
An undeclared allergen was discovered during routine sampling and testing of food products at a Kroger store in Sevierville, Tennessee. The product, Simple Truth Plant-Based Chocolate Chip Cookies, was found to be positive for the presence of dairy products. Dairy products are an allergen and have not been declared on the product packaging.
The 6-ounce package of Simple Truth Plant-Based Chocolate Chip Cookies was distributed by Too Good Gourmet. from Lorenzo, Calif. and is identified with the best by date November 17, 2021 and UPC 11110-05278.
The collection of random food samples by CIS inspectors and analysis by laboratory technicians are the primary means by which the Ministry of Agriculture protects the health of consumers. As of July 1, 2020, CIS staff have inspected 11,649 retail food stores statewide. Laboratory staff performed approximately 1,100 tests for pathogens, allergens and other contaminants on 550 human food samples during the same period.
The CIS Technical Services Lab has expanded its accreditation scope with its annual assessment of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 17025 in 2020, demonstrating the laboratory’s commitment to the highest standards, technical competence and improvement keep on going. The successful accreditation, along with the partnership with the National Integrated Food Safety Network developed by the FDA, positions Tennessee as a leader in food safety.
So far, TDA has not received any reports that the plant-based chocolate chip cookies have caused disease, but would like consumers to be aware of the dairy allergen. The FDA works with food manufacturers to take their products off the market when the products are mislabelled or when the food may pose a health hazard.