More than 145,000 half-gallons of the popular Blue Diamond Vanilla Almond Breeze nut milk, manufactured by HP Hood LLC, have been voluntarily recalled from 28 states because the product accidentally contains actual milk, according to a statement released by the manufacturer.
Milk is considered an allergen, and needs to be listed on all products that contain it, as some people can have severe reactions. As of Thursday, one person has reported an allergic reaction, though no one has had to be hospitalized, according to the Food and Drug Administration.
The affected milk alternative is found in the refrigerated section, and has a use-by date of September 2, 2018. Shelf-stable varieties are not, at this point, part of the recall. Products are being recalled from the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin. Should you have an affected half-gallon, federal agencies are asking you to return it to the store where you purchased it for a full refund, or contact Blue Diamond at bluediamond.com or by phone at 1-800-400-1522.
Here's more information about food recalls:
- Why You Should Never Shrug Off a National Recall
- What Food Recalls Mean, and What You Should Do
- Why the FDA is Looking to Overhaul the Recall System
Alternative milks have been in the news recently as the FDA is considering restricting the word "milk" to only products that contain actual animal milk. There are many different milk alternatives, made out of everything from almonds to oats, which has been a boon to vegans and those with dairy allergies, though they have vastly different nutritional values.
We will update this story with more information as it becomes available.