Food & Drink

The pita chips in the bags aren’t Simply Naked. That can be a fatal problem


A packaging glitch caused Frito-Lay to recall 228 bags of Stacy’s Simply Naked Pita Chips for a potentially serious food allergy problem.

The 7 1/3-ounce bags distributed nationwide don’t contain Simply Naked Pita Chips. They were filled with a different flavor of pita chips, one that contains milk. The Simply Naked flavor doesn’t have milk, so the ingredients on the bag don’t have milk.

That’s a problem for those with a milk allergy.

“People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume the product contained inside the recalled pita chips bags,” the company-written, FDA-posted recall notice states.

“One consumer allergic reaction related to this matter has been reported to date.”

The bags have a use by date of “23 APR 2019” and, below that, a manufacturing code of “65M127902.” Those with a bag or bags can return them to the store or call Frito Lay at 800-352-4477, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Eastern time, Monday through Friday.

There are many numbers and dates on the foods, drugs, cosmetics, and other products we use every day. When unsafe products must be removed from the market, these numbers and dates can help identify them quickly.

Since 1989, David J. Neal’s domain at the Miami Herald has expanded to include writing about Panthers (NHL and FIU), Dolphins, old school animation, food safety, fraud, naughty lawyers, bad doctors and all manner of breaking news. He drinks coladas whole. He does not work Indianapolis 500 Race Day.