More than 1,500 cases of the gluten-free waffles were recalled—because they are actually just regular waffles.
In a major mix up, popular health food brand Van's Foods has had to initiate a massive recall of more than 1,500 cases of gluten-free waffles because they are actually made with wheat flour—and therefore contain plenty of gluten.
The factory in question makes two different versions of frozen waffles for consumers, but accidentally placed regular waffles into boxes and packaging that were meant for the gluten-free variety.
Van's Foods has recalled 1,584 cases of the gluten-free boxes distributed across 11 states, according to the recall notice posted by the Food and Drug Administration. While Van's Homestyle Belgian Waffles ended up in boxes that were meant to contain gluten-free waffles, there wasn't a tit-for-tat swap—gluten-eaters aren't in danger of unknowingly eating a gluten-free breakfast.
In addition to the potentially harmful undeclared gluten, those who have picked up affected packages of Van's waffles are also at risk of consuming milk.
“People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk or gluten run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products," the FDA writes.
No one has come forward yet with sickness or complications, but if you've recently purchased a box of these better-for-you waffles, you can check your box to see if it's part of the formal recall.
The gluten-filled breakfast cakes were sent to stores in Arkansas, Colorado, California, Illinois, Georgia, Michigan, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wisconsin. They are marketed and sold as "Van’s Gluten Free Original" waffles and contain the item number 30206, with a Product Lot number of 1640234710-WL2.
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After you've returned your product for a full refund, (and hopefully avoided an otherwise serious mistake), check out a full list of items that you can always enjoy, rest-assured, without risk of gluten contamination.