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Urgent bread recall: All these breads and pretzels could be contaminated with bacteria

Published Aug 19th, 2022 12:27PM EDT
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King’s Hawaiian issued a recall for three pretzel bread products, warning shoppers that there’s a risk of bacterial contamination. The recall follows the massive Lyons Magnus recall that included dozens of beverages and then saw a significant expansion. Lyons’s subsequent announcement warns that the drinks might contain two dangerous bacteria: Cronobacter sakazakii and Clostridium botulinum.

King’s Hawaiian mentions the same two microorganisms in the recall, noting that its bread products contain an ingredient that’s part of the more extensive Lyons drinks recall.

King’s Hawaiian pretzel bread recall

The company issued the bread recall after Lyons updated its initial recall action. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published the press release at this link.

King's Hawaiian recall: The Pretzel Hamburger Bun retail package.
King’s Hawaiian recall: The Pretzel Hamburger Bun retail package. Image source: FDA

King’s Hawaiian included three different pretzel products in the recall. Below, you’ll find the product names, UPCs, and lot codes you should be on the lookout for.

  • 800111 – King’s Hawaiian Pretzel Hamburger Bun – UPC: 73435000365, Lot Code: 108222, 109222, 110222, 111222, 112222, 164222, 165222, 166222, 167222, 168222, 187222, 188222, 189222, 199222, 214222, 215222, 216222, 217222, 218222.
  • 800112 – King’s Hawaiian Pretzel Slider Bun – UPC: 73435000372, Lot Code: 115222, 116222, 117222, 118222, 119222, 120222, 157222, 158222, 159222, 160222, 161222, 162222, 200222, 201222, 202222, 203222, 204222, 220222, 221222.
  • 800151 – King’s Hawaiian Pretzel Bites, UPC: 73435000525, Lot Code: 1672IB, 1682IB, 1702IB, 1712IB, 1722IB, 1732IB, 1742IB, 1752IB, 1772IB, 1782IB, 1792IB, 1802IB, 1812IB, 1842IB, 1852IB, 1862IB, 1872IB, 1882IB, 1912IB, 1922IB, 1932IB, 1942IB, 1952IB, 1982IB, 1992IB, 2002IB, 2012IB, 2022IB, 2052IB, 2062IB, 2072IB, 2082IB, 2092IB, 2122IB, 2132IB, 2142IB, 2152IB, 2162IB, 2192IB, 2202IB, 2212IB.

King’s Hawaiian explains that the recall does not impact any other products. Only the bread types above use the potentially contaminated ingredient from Lyons Magnus. Furthermore, the firm says it will resume producing the breads once it has disposed of the current product and ensured that all the remaining ingredients are safe.

Cronobacter sakazakii and Clostridium botulinum infections

The company notes there are no known cases of illness associated with the King’s Hawaiian pretzel bread products in the recall. Moreover, it has not detected any pathogens in its products. But it’s conducting the recall out of an abundance of caution. The theoretical risk of infection remains.

King's Hawaiian recall: The Pretzel Slider Bun retail package.
King’s Hawaiian recall: The Pretzel Slider Bun retail package. Image source: FDA

Cronobacter is the same bacteria that triggered the massive Abbott baby formula recall earlier this year. Infections in humans should be rare. Symptoms would include fever, vomiting, and urinary tract infections. But people who are immunocompromised might be more susceptible to more severe illnesses.

As for Clostridium, the bacteria can lead to a severe form of food poisoning. Symptoms can appear within hours after consuming contaminated products. But some people might take up to a few weeks to develop symptoms.

Possible symptoms include double vision, blurred vision, drooping eyelids, slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, and muscle weakness. Severe infections can lead to respiratory paralysis and, in rare cases, even death.

What you should do

Customers with any King’s Hawaiian Pretzel Slider Buns, King’s Hawaiian Pretzel Hamburger Buns, or King’s Hawaiian Pretzel Bites in their pantries should dispose of the product.

The company advises buyers to contact King’s Hawaiian if they have questions or to request replacements. You’ll find contact information in the recall announcement at this link.

King's Hawaiian recall: The Pretzel Bites retail package.
King’s Hawaiian recall: The Pretzel Bites retail package. Image source: FDA

While you’re at it, you should check out the massive Lyons Magnus recall to ensure you don’t have any of those drinks at home.

People concerned about their health after eating any King’s Hawaiian bread or the beverages in the Lyons recall should contact their doctors, especially if they develop any symptoms.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.

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