Winn-Dixie Issues Allergy Alert on Mislabeled Prestige Chocolate Ice Cream

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc. Friday recalled one SKU of its 1.75-quart (1.65-liter) cartons of "Prestige Chocolate Ice Cream" because of a potential error in packaging.

While some of the products may have the correct lid identifying the product as chocolate almond, the "tub" is identified as only chocolate. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to almonds run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. Given this serious issue, the company said it decided to pull the product from all its stores and encourages customers with any concerns to return the product.

The recalled "Prestige Chocolate Ice Cream" was only distributed to Winn-Dixie and Save-Rite stores in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana. The company has not received any reports from customers in connection with this problem.

The recall was initiated after it was discovered that the almond-containing product was distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of almonds. Subsequent investigation indicated the problem was caused by chocolate ice cream cartons getting on the line while chocolate almond was being produced, the company said.

Winn-Dixie said it had informed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and was in complete cooperation with FDA in conducting the recall.

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