WASHINGTON (CBSNewYork) — Hostess has voluntarily recalled 710,000 cases of snack cakes and donuts due to possible peanut butter residue.
Flour supplier Grain Craft notified the Food and Drug Administration on April 26, after a customer fond peanut butter residue in cookies and found the source to be the soft red winter wheat flour by grain craft, the FDA said.
Grain Craft found the residue in other products, and issued a recall, the FDA said. Hostess in turn issued a recall this past Friday after learning that it had received flour from Grain Craft.
Hostess also heard about two incidents where children with peanut allergies suffered immediate allergic reactions after eating Hostess donut products. Hostess went on to test the soft red winter wheat flour it had received from Grain Craft and sure enough, found peanut butter residue, the FDA said.
Grain Craft only sells to other customers and not directly to consumers, the FDA noted.
Someone with peanut allergies who consumes a tainted product can suffer from hives; flushed skin or rash; a tingling or itchy sensation in the mouth; face, tongue or lip swelling; vomiting or diarrhea; abdominal cramps; coughing and wheezing; dizziness or lightheadedness; swelling of the throat and vocal cords; difficulty breathing; or even loss of consciousness.
Most severely, people with food allergies can experience a life-threatening condition called anaphylaxis – involving constricted airways, severe lowering of the blood pressure and shock, or suffocation by swelling of the throat.