If your child has celiac disease or a gluten allergy or sensitivity, you should know about the recent Nature’s Path Foods cereal recall. The company voluntarily recalled several of its cereal products, including EnviroKidz Choco Chimps, Gorilla Munch and Jungle Munch, for an undeclared gluten ingredient. According to a representative from Nature’s Path Foods, the recall includes over 40,000 boxes of cereal in the Unites States and Canada.
The cereal, which was sold at retailers such as Trader Joe’s, can cause adverse health effects for anyone with a gluten allergy, intolerance or sensitivity. If your child (or anyone else in your household) can’t eat gluten, read on to find out what this recall means for your family.
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Recall Description: Nature’s Path Foods Cereals
The current recall includes 10-ounce sizes of EnviroKids Choco Chimp (best before date Aug. 27, 2019) , Gorilla Munch (best before date either Aug. 24, 2019 or Sep. 21, 2019) and Jungle Munch (best before date Aug. 1, 2019) cereals sold at retailers across the United States. Boxes of the cereal were also sold in Canada.
Why the Cereal Was Recalled
According to a representative from Nature’s Path Foods, “The gluten contact was airborne, due to a scheduling error. We have worked with team members to ensure gluten-free and gluten cereals are never run at the same timeframe or overlapping in our plant to provide a gluten-free environment.” As a production error, the gluten ingredients are not listed on the packaging. Anyone with a gluten allergy, intolerance or sensitivity could have an adverse reaction to the recalled products.
In response to the recent production error Nature’s Path Foods will increase testing for gluten every hour, versus twice per 12-hour period.
How to Tell If Your Cereal Is Part of the Recall
If you have one of the Nature’s Path Foods cereals listed, look for the best before date and UPC code. Visit the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s website for a full list of affected products and UPC codes here.
What Parents Can Do
Parents with children who have a gluten allergy, intolerance or sensitivity should immediately stop serving the affected cereals. Return the product to the place of purchase for a refund or contact Nature’s Path Consumer Services at 1-866-880-7284 between Monday and Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. PST or email the company at ConsumerServices@naturespath.com.