Rite Aid is recalling approximately 85,000 tins of Rich Fields-brand butter cookies made in China because they may be contaminated with Bacillus cereus.


Bacillus cereus is a microorganism that may cause diarrhea, nausea and/or vomiting but rarely causes serious adverse health consequences. The recall was initiated after the company conducted quality testing on the affected product because of an uncharacteristic odor.

The recalled cookies, sold exclusively in Rite Aid stores, are in 12 oz. tins featuring either a decorative castle or Christmas designs and have the UPC codes 01249596519 and 88411804619 located directly beneath the bar code on the bottom of each tin.

No other Rich Fields or Rite Aid brand products are involved in the recall. 

Customers should not eat the cookies and can return them to any Rite Aid store for a full refund. Information regarding the recall is available online at www.RiteAid.com or by calling 1-800-RITE-AID Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST. 

Rite Aid is using customers’ wellness+ loyalty cards in order to inform them of the recall. 

Rite aid has approximately 4,700 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia.

  • steven

    Question : Could the oil that was used become unstable as it was rancid prior to baking?

  • SP

    They are saying that “Bacillus cereus is a microorganism that may cause diarrhea, nausea and/or vomiting but rarely causes serious adverse health consequences.”
    Well I was severly sickened. The worst of it lasted 7 days. I was hospitalized for 5 of those days with an “unknown food born illness.” It seems the duration of my illness was much longer than usual.
    Now, I am still experiencing symptoms.
    I bought and ate the cookies. It was Rite Aid caller who infomed me tonight via phone..

  • SP

    To clarify things: I kept re-poisoning myself. Specifically, I went to hospital very sick, then was released next day. Then went home, ate–including those cookies; five to twelve hours later I was violently sick again ….did the whole thing a second time and a third time over the course of a 7 day period.
    Never supsected the cookies were to blame.

  • BL

    My husband purchase these cookies for myself and our 3 yr old twins what a nightmare for us. We could not figure out what was going on and it lasted about three days straight vomiting, fever, nausea, and diarrhea until we receive a letter about the recall this make sense now the cookies were to blame.