Over the course of the last several months, the U.S. has seen a number of large-scale recalls from major food-suppliers. In May, Trader Joe’s and a handful of other grocery stores were forced to pull thousands of pounds of frozen vegetables from their shelves over listeria concerns, and earlier this month 10 million pounds of flour were recalled after being linked to an E. coli outbreak.
Now, WDIV Detroit reports that some 710,000 packages of Ding Dongs, Zingers, and other Hostess pastries are being recalled "out of an abundance of caution." The news is linked to a recent recall of Grain Craft's flour, which was pulled because of undeclared peanut residue. As Eater notes, a similar recall occurred at companies like Chick-fil-A, 7-Eleven, and Cinnabon last month due to peanut-laced flour.
“While those who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume products containing peanut allergens, the amount of peanut exposure from use of the flours and affected products is considered to be low and not expected to cause adverse health effects in the vast majority of peanut allergic consumers,” a statement on the FDA’s website reads. “To date, Hostess has received notice of two allergic reactions related to the product covered by this recall. Out of an abundance of caution, we are recalling the specific products listed on the attachment.”
On Monday, news also broke that Panera Bread is being sued negligence for serving a grilled-cheese sandwich containing peanut butter. A mother claims to have alerted the fast-casual restaurant that her daughter suffers from a severe nut allergy, but the sandwich came with a "with a large dollop of peanut butter inside” none-the-less, and the five-year-old was later rushed to the hospital. And last month, in the U.K., a restaurant owner was also sentenced to six years in prison after a customer died from eating peanut-laced curry made by his kitchen.
But as if to offset the inevitable wave of bad press it would be receiving on Monday, news broke last week that Hostess would soon be packaging deep-fried Twinkies for sale at Wallmart. We can only Hope the cholesterol-packed treats don't contain any peanut residue.