Nutrition experts and lay snackers alike love RXBARs for their simple ingredients and high protein content. Unfortunately, the company is voluntarily recalling 12 flavors of RXBARs and three flavors of RXBAR Kids bars due to the possible presence of an undeclared peanut allergen.
"RXBAR identified the potential for peanut in two varieties—Chocolate Sea Salt and Coconut Chocolate—in December and initiated a recall of those varieties. We are expanding the recall out of an abundance of caution, after recently receiving consumer contacts regarding allergic reactions to additional varieties," the company said in a statement. "Our investigation concluded that the issue stems from a specific ingredient supplied by a third party. We immediately changed suppliers for this ingredient when the issue arose."
Although there's an advisory on the label informing consumers that all of the bars are "manufactured in a facility that also processes peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, milk, soy and wheat," these products don't list peanuts as an ingredient and shouldn't contain them.
Specifically, the company is recalling these RXBAR flavors:
- Apple Cinnamon
- Chocolate Chip
- Chocolate Hazelnut
- Chocolate Sea Salt
- Coconut Chocolate
- Coffee Chocolate
- Mango Pineapple
- Maple Sea Salt
- Mint Chocolate
- Mixed Berry
- Pumpkin Spice
The company is also recalling Apple Cinnamon Raisin, Berry Blast, and Chocolate Chip flavors of its Kids bars.
However, the recall only affects bars with "best buy" dates between January 14 and October 19, 2019, depending on the flavor. For the full list of dates and lot numbers, check out the recall notice here.
If you don't have a peanut allergy, this shouldn't affect you. But for those who do, it's crucial information.
Food allergies are serious business. As SELF wrote previously, if someone who is allergic to a food (say, peanuts) accidentally consumes even a small amount of that food, they can experience a range of symptoms. On the mild end, an individual might develop an itchy mouth or hives; on the severe end is anaphylaxis, a condition in which the airways swell and the heartbeat slows. Without urgent treatment, anaphylaxis can be deadly.
Again, the recalled bars are safe to eat for those who don't have a peanut allergy. But people who have purchased the recalled bars and do have a peanut allergy should discard them and contact either RXBAR or their local retailer for a refund or replacement.