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Warning Issued as Broccoli Recall Poses Life-Threatening Risk

A recall concerning broccoli was issued this week due to potential allergy risks arising from the identification of an undisclosed ingredient.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration released a recall notice on Friday for 20-ounce packs of King Kullen Broccoli Cutlets with Bread Crumbs and Parmesan, manufactured by Gracie’s Kitchens located in New Haven, Connecticut.

The recall was prompted by the possible presence of unlisted sesame and wheat in the product, posing a significant danger to individuals with allergies to these ingredients. The packaging of the product consists of a 20-ounce tin package suitable for oven use, featuring a transparent dome lid and bearing a UPC Code of ‘0 8531610145 0’. The affected Sell By dates range from 4/14/24 to 4/21/24 as indicated on the top panel.

As per the FDA announcement, the recalled “Broccoli Cutlet” items were retailed at various King Kullen supermarkets in Long Island, New York, including locations in Manhasset, Center Moriches, Bay Shore, Bridgehampton, Shirley, Garden City Park, Eastport, and St. James.

The recall was initiated following the revelation that the product failed to provide a comprehensive breakdown of ingredients, specifically sesame and wheat, on the ingredient panel.

No incidents of illness related to the consumption of King Kullen Broccoli Cutlets with Bread Crumbs and Parmesan have been reported so far. Consumers who have purchased the 20-ounce packages are advised to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Gracie’s Kitchens can be reached via phone or email for further inquiries.

Newsweek has contacted the FDA for additional comments via email.

A representative from Gracie’s Kitchen informed Newsweek that nearly all affected products have been isolated and withdrawn from the consumer chain, with only 2 packages remaining.

“Gracie’s Kitchens is treating this issue with utmost seriousness and is collaborating with the US FDA to ensure effective communication and coordination regarding this recall,” the spokesperson stated.

The photograph shows broccoli on exhibit at a grocery store in Dublin, Ireland, on February 24, 2021. The FDA released a recall notice on April 12 for broccoli cutlets retailed at select New York grocery stores.

In recent months, the FDA has issued numerous recalls for various reasons, including undisclosed ingredients and contamination concerns like salmonella.

Last month, a recall was announced by the FDA due to fears that certain products contained unlisted ingredients.

“The recall was initiated after it was discovered that Wesco Mint No Bake Cookie Bites containing peanut butter were distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of peanuts,” the notice explained. “Further investigation revealed that the issue stemmed from incorrect product formulation within the manufacturing facility’s new software system.”