Whole Foods Market has recalled a list of items prepared with a supplier’s ground cumin spice ingredient that may have contained undeclared peanut. People with an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. No allergic reactions have been reported to date, and recalled items have been pulled from store shelves. Whole Foods Market was notified by its supplier that undeclared peanut protein was found in cumin supplied to some of its facilities. Items that contained ground cumin spice subject to the recall were sold from Jan. 14, 2015, through Feb. 6, 2015. Not all items or all products were sold in all store locations. Affected items such as prepared salads, seasoned meat items, tacos, and other seasoned items were sold in Whole Foods Market stores in CT, KY, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, VA, and Washington, D.C. Additionally, Whole Foods pulled and destroyed the recalled ground cumin spice and all items containing this recalled ingredient in all regions where it was available. The following is a list of recalled items:

UPC or PLU Code Product Description Sell By Date Region States
0-00000-68899 SLAW KALE AVOCADO HSH 14 OZ Best By: 2/9/2015 North Atlantic CT, MA,ME,NH,RI
2-31090-00000 TOFU GRILLED LIME CHIPOTLE Best By: 2/9/2015 North Atlantic CT, MA,ME,NH,RI
2-53184-00000 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast BBQ Best By: 2/9/2015 North Atlantic CT, MA,ME,NH,RI
2-58426-00000 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast LIME CHIPOTLE Best By: 2/9/2015 North Atlantic CT, MA,ME,NH,RI
2-65293-00000 BURRITO CHIPOTLE LIME TOFU Best By: 2/7/2015 North Atlantic CT, MA,ME,NH,RI
2-65294-00000 TACO SALAD TOFU CHIPOTLE LIME Best By: 2/7/2015 North Atlantic CT, MA,ME,NH,RI
2-65960-00000 BURRITO PORK CARNITAS Best By: 2/9/2015 North Atlantic CT, MA,ME,NH,RI
2-67612-00000 CHICKEN SKEWER LIME CHIPOTLE Best By: 2/9/2015 North Atlantic CT, MA,ME,NH,RI
2-83938-00000 BURRITO CHPTLE LIME TOFU TACOS Best By: 2/7/2015 North Atlantic CT, MA,ME,NH,RI
2-86949-00000 QUESADILLA CARNITAS Best By: 2/9/2015 North Atlantic CT, MA,ME,NH,RI
2-91204-00000 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast LIME CHIPOTLE Best By: 2/9/2015 North Atlantic CT, MA,ME,NH,RI
53072 Tex Mex Beef Meatloaf All Sell by dates through 2/9/15 North Atlantic CT, MA,ME,NH,RI
53094 CHICKEN BREAST SPLIT BBQ All Sell by dates through 2/18/15 North Atlantic CT, MA,ME,NH,RI
53184 BBQ Rubbed bnls breast All Sell by dates through 2/18/15 North Atlantic CT, MA,ME,NH,RI
53238 CHICKEN SATAY LIME CHIPOLTE All Sell by dates through 2/9/15 North Atlantic CT, MA,ME,NH,RI
53241 CHICKEN KABOB LIME CHIPOTLE All Sell by dates through 2/9/15 North Atlantic CT, MA,ME,NH,RI
53275 CHICKEN LEG BBQ All Sell by dates through 2/18/15 North Atlantic CT, MA,ME,NH,RI
58705 CHICKEN WHOLE LATIN SPICED All Sell by dates through 2/18/15 North Atlantic CT, MA,ME,NH,RI
2-65293-00000 BURRITO CHIPOTLE LIME TOFU Best By: 2/7/2015 North Atlantic CT, MA,ME,NH,RI
2-65294-00000 TACO SALAD TOFU CHIPOTLE LIME Best By: 2/7/2015 North Atlantic CT, MA,ME,NH,RI
2-65960-00000 BURRITO PORK CARNITAS Best By: 2/9/2015 North Atlantic CT, MA,ME,NH,RI
2-67612-00000 CHICKEN SKEWER LIME CHIPOTLE Best By: 2/9/2015 North Atlantic CT, MA,ME,NH,RI
2-83938-00000 BURRITO CHPTLE LIME TOFU TACOS Best By: 2/7/2015 North Atlantic CT, MA,ME,NH,RI
2-86949-00000 QUESADILLA CARNITAS Best By: 2/9/2015 North Atlantic CT, MA,ME,NH,RI
2-91204-00000 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast LIME CHIPOTLE Best By: 2/9/2015 North Atlantic CT, MA,ME,NH,RI
53072 Tex Mex Beef Meatloaf All Sell by dates through 2/9/15 North Atlantic CT, MA,ME,NH,RI
53094 CHICKEN BREAST SPLIT BBQ All Sell by dates through 2/18/15 North Atlantic CT, MA,ME,NH,RI
53184 BBQ Rubbed bnls breast All Sell by dates through 2/18/15 North Atlantic CT, MA,ME,NH,RI
53238 CHICKEN SATAY LIME CHIPOLTE All Sell by dates through 2/9/15 North Atlantic CT, MA,ME,NH,RI
53241 CHICKEN KABOB LIME CHIPOTLE All Sell by dates through 2/9/15 North Atlantic CT, MA,ME,NH,RI
53275 CHICKEN LEG BBQ All Sell by dates through 2/18/15 North Atlantic CT, MA,ME,NH,RI
58705 CHICKEN WHOLE LATIN SPICED All Sell by dates through 2/18/15 North Atlantic CT, MA,ME,NH,RI
58877 TURKEY BREAST LATIN SPICED All Sell by dates through 2/18/15 North Atlantic CT, MA,ME,NH,RI
90942 CHICKEN DRUMSTICKS BBQ All Sell by dates through 2/18/15 North Atlantic CT, MA,ME,NH,RI
90950 CHICKEN KABOB BBQ All Sell by dates through 2/9/15 North Atlantic CT, MA,ME,NH,RI
91174 BEEF SIRLOIN KABOBS BBQ All Sell by dates through 2/9/15 North Atlantic CT, MA,ME,NH,RI
91204 CHICKEN BREAST BONELESS LIME CHIPOTLE All Sell by dates through 2/18/15 North Atlantic CT, MA,ME,NH,RI
91283 CHICKEN THIGH BBQ All Sell by dates through 2/18/15 North Atlantic CT, MA,ME,NH,RI
91382 CHICKEN WHOLE BBQ All Sell by dates through 2/18/15 North Atlantic CT, MA,ME,NH,RI
91412 PORK RIBS BABY BACK BBQ All Sell by dates through 2/18/15 North Atlantic CT, MA,ME,NH,RI
91785 PORK SPARERIB BONE IN BBQ All Sell by dates through 2/18/15 North Atlantic CT, MA,ME,NH,RI
91817 CHICKEN KABOB HSH CUMIN BALSAMIC All Sell by dates through 2/9/15 North Atlantic CT, MA,ME,NH,RI
94640 BEEF KABOB HSH CUMIN BALSAMIC All Sell by dates through 2/18/15 North Atlantic CT, MA,ME,NH,RI
95999 CHICKEN WHOLE ROTISSERIE BBQ All Sell by dates through 2/18/15 North Atlantic CT, MA,ME,NH,RI
3640630278 WFM DIP GUACAMOLE PPK All Sell by dates through 2/10/15 North Atlantic & North East CT, MA,ME,NH,NJ,NY,RI
3640630306 WFM SALSA FRESCA PPK All Sell by dates through 2/10/15 North Atlantic & North East CT, MA,ME,NH,NJ,NY,RI
3640630279 WFM DIP SALSA PICO DE GALLO PPK All Sell by dates through 2/10/15 North Atlantic & North East CT, MA,ME,NH,NJ,NY,RI
3640630256 WFM MEAL ENCHILADA AND DIRTY RICE EV All Sell by dates through 2/10/15 North Atlantic & North East CT, MA,ME,NH,NJ,NY,RI
3640630432 WFM  SNACK PACK MEZZE HSH All Sell by dates through 2/10/15 North Atlantic & North East CT, MA,ME,NH,NJ,NY,RI
3640630394 WFM CHILI FIREHOUSE PPK HSH All Sell by dates through 2/10/15 North Atlantic & North East CT, MA,ME,NH,NJ,NY,RI
3640630126 WFM CHILI TURKEY AND BLACK BEAN PPK All Sell by dates through 2/10/15 North Atlantic & North East CT, MA,ME,NH,NJ,NY,RI
3640630127 WFM CHILI BEEF BRAISED LOCAL PPK All Sell by dates through 2/10/15 North Atlantic & North East CT, MA,ME,NH,NJ,NY,RI
26270400000 BURRITO BLACK BEAN AND CHEESE Sold from food bars thru 2/5 North Atlantic & North East CT, MA,ME,NH,NJ,NY,RI
26524200000 BURRITO CHICKEN CHILI VERDE Sold from food bars thru 2/5 North Atlantic & North East CT, MA,ME,NH,NJ,NY,RI
27013500000 GUACAMOLE BULK CC Sold from food bars thru 2/5 North Atlantic & North East CT, MA,ME,NH,NJ,NY,RI
26405800000 QUESADILLA MUSHROOM GOAT CHEESE Sold from food bars thru 2/5 North Atlantic & North East CT, MA,ME,NH,NJ,NY,RI
26404400000 QUESADILLA VEGGIE Sold from food bars thru 2/5 North Atlantic & North East CT, MA,ME,NH,NJ,NY,RI
26206400000 SALSA FRESCA BULK CC Sold from food bars thru 2/5 North Atlantic & North East CT, MA,ME,NH,NJ,NY,RI
26270400000 BURRITO BLACK BEAN AND CHEESE Sold from food bars thru 2/5 North Atlantic & North East CT, MA,ME,NH,NJ,NY,RI
26278700000 BURRITO PORK CARNITAS Sold from food bars thru 2/5 North Atlantic & North East CT, MA,ME,NH,NJ,NY,RI
26978700000 ENCHILADA ADOBO BULK Sold from food bars thru 2/5 North Atlantic & North East CT, MA,ME,NH,NJ,NY,RI
26815600000 QUESADILLA CHICKEN Sold from food bars thru 2/5 North Atlantic & North East CT, MA,ME,NH,NJ,NY,RI
26193100000 RED BEANS AND RICE Sold from food bars thru 2/5 North Atlantic & North East CT, MA,ME,NH,NJ,NY,RI
26890500000 SALSA PICO DE GALLO BULK Sold from food bars thru 2/5 North Atlantic & North East CT, MA,ME,NH,NJ,NY,RI
58613 CHICKEN SATAY LIME CHIPOLTE Best by 2/9/15 North East CT,NJ,NY
58774 CHICKEN YAKITORI LIME CHIPOTLE Best by 2/9/15 North East CT,NJ,NY
91204 CHICKEN BREAST BONELESS LIME CHIPOTLE Best by 2/9/15 North East CT,NJ,NY
58779 LIME CHIPOTLE MARINATED BUTTERFLIED CORNISH HEN Best by 2/9/15 North East CT,NJ,NY
91785 PORK SPARERIB BONE IN BBQ Best by 2/9/15 North East CT,NJ,NY
91382 CHICKEN WHOLE BBQ Best by 2/9/15 North East CT,NJ,NY
53127 BEEF RIBS BBQ Best by 2/9/15 North East CT,NJ,NY
53094 CHICKEN BREAST SPLIT BBQ Best by 2/9/15 North East CT,NJ,NY
91283 CHICKEN THIGH BBQ Best by 2/9/15 North East CT,NJ,NY
90942 CHICKEN DRUMSTICK BBQ Best by 2/9/15 North East CT,NJ,NY
91406 CHICKEN WINGS BBQ Best by 2/9/15 North East CT,NJ,NY
27312900000 Chicken Burrito Bowl HSH Best By: 2/9/2015 North East CT,NJ,NY
26708000000 Chicken Quesadilla Salad CC Best By:2/8/2015 North East CT,NJ,NY
26717100000 Chicken Quesadilla Salad FP Best By:2/8/2015 North East CT,NJ,NY
26008800000 Southwest Chicken Wrap HSH Best By: 2/8/2015 North East CT,NJ,NY
28634600000 Southwest Stuffed Sweets HSH CC Best By: 2/10/2015 North East CT,NJ,NY
26066400000 Southwest Stuffed Sweets HSH FP Best By: 2/10/2015 North East CT,NJ,NY
26888900000 Southwest Turkey Wrap FP Best By: 2/8/2015 North East CT,NJ,NY
26831100000 Ceviche, Mushroom Best By: 2/6/2015 North East CT,NJ,NY
26157400000 Burger, Lentil Dal Use by 1/20/15-2/7/15 Mid Atlantic DC,KY,MD,NJ,OH,PA,VA
00000480430 Burrito, Black Bean Use by 2/8/15 – 2/11/15 Mid Atlantic DC,KY,MD,NJ,OH,PA,VA
00000480432 Burrito, Shrimp Use by 2/8/15 – 2/11/15 Mid Atlantic DC,KY,MD,NJ,OH,PA,VA
00000480428 Chili, Beef Blazin Use by 3/6/15-3/11/15 Mid Atlantic DC,KY,MD,NJ,OH,PA,VA
00000484003 Dip, Black Bean Use by 1/20/15-2/7/15 Mid Atlantic DC,KY,MD,NJ,OH,PA,VA
00000480504 Dip, Mexican Layer Large Use by 1/20/15-2/7/15 Mid Atlantic DC,KY,MD,NJ,OH,PA,VA
00000480505 Dip, Mexican Layer Small Use by 1/20/15-2/7/15 Mid Atlantic DC,KY,MD,NJ,OH,PA,VA
26735600000 Enchilada, Adobo Black Bean Use by 2/8/15 – 2/11/15 Mid Atlantic DC,KY,MD,NJ,OH,PA,VA
48000088750 HotBar, NE Tofu Meatloaf Use by 1/20/15-1/25/15 Mid Atlantic DC,KY,MD,NJ,OH,PA,VA
48000088650 HotBar, Latin Comfort, Beef Barbacoa Use by  2/8/15 – 2/9/15 Mid Atlantic DC,KY,MD,NJ,OH,PA,VA
48000088655 HotBar, Latin Comfort, Stewed  Black Beans Use by 2/27/15 Mid Atlantic DC,KY,MD,NJ,OH,PA,VA
28526300000 Meatloaf, Tofu Use by 1/20/15-2/7/15 Mid Atlantic DC,KY,MD,NJ,OH,PA,VA
26187200000 Quesadilla, Black Bean Use by 2/8/15 – 2/11/15 Mid Atlantic DC,KY,MD,NJ,OH,PA,VA
27267700000 Quesadilla, Vegan Beef Use by 1/20/15-2/7/15 Mid Atlantic DC,KY,MD,NJ,OH,PA,VA
00000480502 Salad, Bowl, Mediterranean Use by 1/20/15-2/7/15 Mid Atlantic DC,KY,MD,NJ,OH,PA,VA
48000086479 Salad, Papas con Remolachas Use by 1/20/15-2/1/15 Mid Atlantic DC,KY,MD,NJ,OH,PA,VA
48000011103 Sauce, Adobo Use by 7/25/15 Mid Atlantic DC,KY,MD,NJ,OH,PA,VA
48000025248 Vegetarian, NEW Falafel Use by 1/20/15-2/7/15 Mid Atlantic DC,KY,MD,NJ,OH,PA,VA
00000480435 Soup, Butternut Collard Posole Cups Use by 3/4/15-3/22/15 Mid Atlantic DC,KY,MD,NJ,OH,PA,VA
00000480508 Soup, Moroccan Green Lentil Cups Use by 3/4/15-3/22/15 Mid Atlantic DC,KY,MD,NJ,OH,PA,VA
26187100000 Quesadilla Adobo Black Bean Use by 2/8-2/11/15 Mid Atlantic DC,KY,MD,NJ,OH,PA,VA
48000088656 Mexican Lasagna Use by 2/8/15-2/12/15 Mid Atlantic DC,KY,MD,NJ,OH,PA,VA
61584 Chipotle Marinated London Broil Use by 2/10/2015 Mid Atlantic DC,KY,MD,NJ,OH,PA,VA
67544 Adobo Chicken Use by 2/8/2015 Mid Atlantic DC,KY,MD,NJ,OH,PA,VA

  Whole Foods Market was notified by a spice supplier that it was recalling its ground cumin spice due to a positive test for peanut allergens. Signage is posted in Whole Foods Market stores to notify customers of this recall. Customers who have purchased recalled product from Whole Foods Market should discard it and may bring in their receipt for a full refund. Consumers with questions may call 512-477-5566, ext. 20060, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Standard Time.

  • oldcowvet

    Back in the good old days, I don’t believe allergens were a basis for recalls.

    • Outside Observer

      Back in the old days, FSIS didn’t consider the probability that the use of the product would have health consequences for, or cause death to, a person who was allergic to the substance in the food when conducting a recall. Therefore, if the allergen was listed on the label, nothing happened. However, if the allergen was left off of the label, the product was recalled because it was misbranding. For quite a while now (as in years), FSIS has looked at the probability that ingestion of the product containing the allergen will cause a remote probability of adverse health consequences to people allergic to the substance. If that’s the case, the product is considered adulterated and will be recalled.

    • Gary

      Back to the good old days…when the human population wasn’t allergic to every dang thing on earth.

  • Outside Observer

    The product that contains the undeclared peanuts, the allergen, is an FDA-regulated product, not an FSIS-regulated product. It’s cumin, a spice. Unfortunately, the cumin was used in many, many products, including meat and poultry products. While cumin was listed on the labels of the meat and poultry products, peanuts weren’t, because they weren’t supposed to be in the cumin used in the seasonings. Nobody knew about the problem until the cumin distributor contacted a spice and extract manufacturer to whom it supplied cumin. At that point, everybody who had received the spice from that distributor and used it or further distributed it had to recall the products containing it or notify the next company down the line that they’d received it. The first recall, which was an FDA recall, occurred on 12/26/14 (http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm428141.htm). Notification to recipients of the cumin has been occurring since then. Hopefully, all products containing it, FDA- and FSIS-regulated, will be off the market soon.

    Recalls like this, i.e., where a facility fails to include an allergen on a product label because the allergen is a component of another ingredient in the product and the allergen itself is contaminated, cannot be prevented or caught by FSIS inspection program personnel in plants. More inspectors won’t solve the problem. The fact that so many allergen recalls are happening is evidence that inspectors are not only in the plants on a daily basis, but that they’re checking labels against product formulations. Many of these recalls occur because a plant doesn’t find out that its supplier changed its spice formulation and so doesn’t carry the change through on its labels.

    If you want to complain about FSIS getting rid of inspectors, go for it. But you should understand the circumstances underlying the situation you’re complaining about first.