Following reports of consumers gagging or choking on certain Chewy Chips Ahoy cookies, a recall has been issued due to a risk that the products may contain “solidified” ingredients that pose a serious health risk, especially for young children.
The FDA announced the Chewy Chips Ahoy recall on April 13, following several problems where consumers found large, solid pieces of cornstarch in the cookies, which reportedly caused them to choke or gag, or resulted in dental injuries. The extent of those injuries was not made clear by either the FDA or the manufacturer, Mondelēz Global LLC.
The manufacturer has identified a certain production range of the cookies that may contain an unexpected solidified ingredient, because the cornstarch failed to fully incorporate in the mixing procedure. This caused it to become solid during the baking process.
Mondelēz Global LLC issued a press release (PDF) on April 13 announcing the recall.
“This voluntary recall is being conducted because of the potential for certain product to contain an unexpected solidified ingredient,” the recall notice states. “Some reports of potential adverse health effects have been received.”
As a result of this failure, officials are warning customers to stop eating the recalled products immediately to prevent further injury.
The recall includes 13 ounce packages of Chewy Chips Ahoy cookies that are marked with a “Best When Used By” date of September 7, 8, 14, and 15 of 2019. All impacted products have the UPC code 0 44000 03223 4 on the top left side of the packaging.
Impacted Chips Ahoy products were manufactured by Mondelez Global LLC of Deerfield, Illinois. They were distributed nationwide to retail stores.
Customers with recalled products should stop consuming them immediately and contact Mondelez Global at 1-844-366-1171 to receive additional information regarding the recall.