Here's a real Zinger: Hostess Brands issued a voluntary recall on 710,000 cases of snack cakes and doughnuts on Friday because of a possible peanut contamination in the flour they use. Here's what you need to know.
What's the problem?
Hostess' supplier, Grain Craft, stopped manufacturing and distributing its soft red winter wheat flour after a customer found undeclared peanut residue in cookies. The FDA is working with companies that receive Grain Craft flour to determine if their products pose a safety hazard.
Which products are affected?
Recalled Hostess products include single serve Chocodiles, Ding Dongs, Zingers and multipack boxes and bagged doughnuts. Be sure to see the full list linked below. The products were sold throughout the US and Mexico.
Do I have to worry?
According to the FDA, the amount of peanut exposure in the affected products is low and not expected to cause adverse health effects. But if you or your child has a severe allergy or sensitivity to peanuts, it is best to avoid all recalled products to avoid the risk of life-threatening allergic reactions. If you or your child doesn't have peanut allergies, you don't need to avoid the products.
So far Hostess has received two notices of allergic reactions. "Out of an abundance of caution," the company said in their statement, "we are recalling the specific products listed on the attachment."
What do I do if I or my child has a peanut allergy?
You can return the recalled product to the place of purchase for a full refund or discard it. If you have questions, contact Hostess at 1-800-686-2813 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Central time, and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT. You may also visit www.hostesscakes.com for more updates.