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Hostess recalls 700K cases of cake products over peanut residue

The Hostess recall announced Friday covers more than 700,000 cases of Ding Dongs, Zingers, Chocodiles and various doughnuts sold in grocery, dollar, drug and convenience stores in the United States and Mexico.

Hostess Brands has voluntarily recalled various snack cakes and doughnuts over concerns they may have come in contact with peanut residue not included in the ingredient list.

The Kansas City, Missouri-based company's recall announced Friday covers more than 700,000 cases of Ding Dongs, Zingers, Chocodiles and various doughnuts sold in grocery, dollar, drug and convenience stores in the U.S. and Mexico.

The recall covers single-serve products and multipack boxes.

Friday's move is a result of a recall by supplier Grain Craft of certain lots of its flour for undeclared peanut residue, Hostesssaid in a statement.

Consumers are encouraged to destroy the recalled items or return them for a full refund.

The federal Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act requires that all packaged, peanut-containing food products sold in the U.S. must list the word "peanut" on the label.

The FDA notice on the Hostess recall is below: 

Hostess Brands, LLC is voluntarily recalling 710,000 cases of select snack cakes and donuts as a direct result of the recent recall by our supplier, Grain Craft, of certain lots of its flour for undeclared peanut residue.  The Hostess Brands products subject to the recall were produced using the Grain Craft flour that has now been recalled and, as a result, these products may contain low levels of undeclared peanut residue.  More information about the Grain Craft recall can be found on the FDA’s website at:http://www.fda.gov/Food/RecallsOutbreaksEmergencies/SafetyAlertsAdvisories/ucm504002.htm

The amount of peanut exposure from use of the flours and affected products is considered to be low and not expected to cause  effects in the vast majority of peanut  consumers. Out of an abundance of caution, we are recalling the specific products listed on the attachment.

This recall applies only to the products listed.  This recall does not affect any other Hostess Brands products.

Hostess said the amount of peanut exposure from use of the questioned Grain Craft flours and affected products is considered low and not expected to affect the vast majority of peanut-allergic consumers.

As of Friday, Hostess said that the recall was launched "out of an abundance of caution."

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