Recall: Dump these 'wheat free' pancakes if you have a food allergy

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For those who must carefully dodge products because of wheat, egg, gluten or milk allergies or sensitivities -- including those with Celiac's Disease -- check your freezer for Van's Wheat Free Homestyle Pancakes.

They've got all those ingredients although the label claims they have none of them, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Van's International Foods, which caters to the wheat-free market, is recalling 12.4 ounce packages of frozen Van's with the lot number 200060629B1. They have a suggested use-by date of March 30, 2010.


The company told the FDA it distributed 118 cases of the pancakes to stores in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, the District of Columbia, New Jersey, New York, California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Washington, Oregon, Texas, Idaho and Hawaii. Stores carrying the product include Whole Foods, Wegmans, Giant Carlisle, Sprouts and Martins, the FDA said.

Those who have sensitivities or allergies to the products omitted from the ingredients on the pancakes box could be at risk of a serious or life-threatening reaction, the FDA said. Van's boasts of testing all its products to ensure just such an incident would not occur.

"Our customers have trusted Van's with their special dietary needs for more than 20 years, and their health and safety are our first priority," Van's CEO Eric Kufel said in a written statement. "Van's has immediately implemented advanced quality procedures above and beyond what we already have in place to ensure the continued safety of our products."

The error was blamed on a packaging operator and reportedly contained to a single shift.

Van's is offering those who purchased the product coupons to obtain five free boxes of waffles, pancakes or French toast sticks. Or, consumers can return the products to the store where they were purchased for a refund.

To get the coupons, send the box top with the printed lot number to: Van's International Foods, Inc. Attn: Wheat Free Pancake Product Recall 3285 East Vernon Avenue Vernon, CA 90058.

Those with questions can contact the company at (303) 848-6013 or at customerservice@vansintl.com.

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