Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Ralston Foods Issues Allergy Alert For Undeclared Milk Ingredients In Western Family Variety Pack Instant Oatmeal

Ralston Foods, Division of Ralcorp Holdings, Inc. is recalling 14664 cartons of Western Family Variety Pack Instant Oatmeal cereal bearing the "Best If Used By" Date Code of "DEC0409N" (found on the box top) because a small number of cartons contain an undeclared milk ingredient. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk ingredients run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergenic reaction if they consume this product.

Western Family Variety Pack Instant Oatmeal cereal was distributed by Western Family Foods, Inc. to stores in Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. The product is packaged in cartons weighing 13.8 oz. containing 10 packets of instant oatmeal.

No illnesses have been reported to date, and no other products are affected by this recall.

The company has consulted with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the agency is aware of the company's actions.

The recall was initiated after "fruit and cream" instant oatmeal packets were discovered in Western Family Variety Pack Instant Oatmeal cartons with the best if used by date code of "DEC0409N".

Consumers who have purchased Western Family Variety Pack Instant Oatmeal cereal bearing the "DEC0409N" best if used by date code are urged to return it to the store from which you purchased the product for a full refund. Consumers with questions may call Ralston Foods Consumer Affairs at 1-800-725-7866.

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