Recall: Mislabeled GFS sugar canisters actually contain non-dairy creamer

Consumer Reports News: November 22, 2011 09:53 AM

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a recall alert for canisters of GFS brand sugar made by Diamond Crystal Brands in Savannah, Ga. The 12-ounce canisters are not filled with sugar but with a powdered non-dairy creamer, which may cause serious or life-threatening reactions among consumers with sensitivity to milk products.

According to the FDA, the recalled package contain sodium caseinate, a powered milk derivative. Each 12-ounce can bears a lot number of "G293 B" on the bottom of the can and were shipped nationwide in 24-can cases labeled "GFS NON-DAIRY COFFEE CREAMER-24/12 ounce - Lot G293 B" on the side.

The FDA has not released how many cases of mislabeled product have been distributed or where. But according to the Sun Sentinel news site, the sugar was manufactured for Gordon Food Services, which owns GFS Marketplace in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Wisconsin.

Diamond Crystal is reportedly in the process of notifying its distributors to collect the recalled product for disposal. Customers with questions about this recall can contact Diamond Crystal Brands toll-free number: 800-654-5115.

Diamond Crystal Brands Inc. Announces a Nationwide Recall for GFS Sugar Canisters Due to Undeclared Milk [US FDA]
Diamond Crystal Announces Recall on Non-Dairy Creamer [GFS Gordon Food Service]
Product recall notice (PDF) [Diamond Crystal Brands]
Containers of GFS Sugar recalled [Sun]

Paul Eng

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