Mikesell’s recalls chips for gluten labeling issue

Dayton-based Mikesell’s Snack Food Company is recalling all sizes of its Honey Barbecue Potato Chips due to a potentially misleading claim that the chips are gluten-free.

The company has received two reports of adverse reactions or illnesses due to the consumption of the recalled Honey Barbecue chips. Both complaints were associated with gluten-related gastro-intestinal problems, Mikesell’s officials said in a news release.

“It has come to our attention that our Honey BBQ Potato Chips are mislabeled in regards to the ‘Gluten Free’ claim on the front of the package based on proposed industry standards,” company officials said.

The recalled chips were distributed to grocery and convenience stores in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and Central Illinois between Nov. 5, 2012 and March 5, 2013. No other chip flavors or other products are involved.

Consumers concerned with gluten intolerance may return recalled chips to the retailer where the chips were purchased for a full refund, or consumers may call Luke Mapp or David Smith at (937) 228-9400 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The mislabeled Mikesell’s Honey Barbecue Potato Chips bags contain the following codes:

• 1 oz. UPC code: 0-71104-10171-9

• 2 oz. UPC code: 0-71104-40170-3

• 6 oz. UPC code: 0-71104-60152-3

• 10 oz. UPC code: 0-71104-50176-2

• 16 oz. UPC code: 0-71104-10154-5

Honey Barbecue Potato Chips with a sell-by date on or before May 21 contain gluten, Mikesell’s officials said. The company’s Honey Barbecue Potato Chips with a sell-by date after May 21 are reformulated to be gluten free, company officials said.

The Food and Drug Administration was notified of this voluntary recall, company officials said.

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