Now I'm all for public safety and proper food labeling but this is funny:
Publix Issues Allergy Alert on Pecans in Publix Pumpkin Pecan Streusel Pie
December 29, 2009 – Publix Super Markets is issuing a voluntary recall for Publix Pumpkin Pecan Streusel Pie, because it was mislabeled and may contain undeclared pecans. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to pecans run the risk of allergic reaction if they consume this product. Product was prepared at Publix stores for retail sale between November and December 2009. The recalled product has a UPC number of: 002- 95118-20399-7 and is packaged in a 30 ounce plastic container. The name of the product describes the product as "Pumpkin Pecan Streusel Pie.: The ingredient statement on the label does not declare pecan, which is an ingredient in the pie. The mislabeled pies were distributed in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and South Carolina.
"As part of our commitment to food safety and in cooperation with the FDA, we are issuing this voluntarily recall," said Maria Brous, Publix director of media and community relations. "Since customers may still have these pies in their homes, we wanted to take every precaution to make them aware of the pecan as an ingredient. To date, there have been no reported cases of illness. Consumers who have purchased the product in question may return the product to their local store for a full refund. Publix customers with additional questions may call our Consumer Relations department at 1-800-242-1227 or by visiting our website at www.publix.com."
Publix is privately owned and operated by its 140,500 employees, with 2008 sales of $23.9 billion. Currently Publix has 1,014 stores in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee. The company has been named one of Fortune’s "100 Best Companies to Work For in America" for 12 consecutive years. In addition, Publix’s dedication to superior quality and customer service is recognized as tops in the grocery business, most recently by an American Customer Satisfaction Index survey.
If you are allergic to pecans and you buy a PUMPKIN PECAN PIE, you have other problems besides allergies. I don't think there is much chance that anyone with a known nut allergie would do that! But this does bring up an issue. Finished food products in grocery stores are notorious of being mislabeled. It's really easy for an overworked bakery person to slap on the wrong label. Not that I buy a lot of pies but I've seen a lot of them mislabeled. Be careful if you have allergies when buying supermarket prepared foods.