Frito-Lay recalls Lay’s barbecue chips for undeclared milk allergens

By Kristine Sherred contact

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Frito-Lay has recalled three products in the past eight months – each for containing the wrong chip. Pic: Getty Images/Lemon_tm
Frito-Lay has recalled three products in the past eight months – each for containing the wrong chip. Pic: Getty Images/Lemon_tm
PepsiCo’s potato chip brand has recalled packs of Frito-Lay’s Lightly Salted Barbecue Flavored Potato Chips because of undeclared milk allergens.

The recall affects the 7¾oz bags of BBQ-flavored Lay’s distributed in 24 US states, mostly in the south and west.

Frito-Lay issued the recall on June 14 after it discovered that bags under this label were ‘inadvertently’ filled with another flavor of potato chips that contained milk ingredients.

Lay's Lightly Salted BBQ Potato Chips

No incidents or illnesses have been connected to this batch, but the chip manufacturer issued the voluntary recall out of caution and informed the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of its decision.

Not the first mix-up

In the past eight months, the snack company has also recalled batches of Stacy’s pita chips and Smartfood popcorn for the same reason: the wrong item in the wrong packaging.

In February, Frito-Lay voluntarily recalled ‘a very small number’ of 7¾oz bags of Stacy’s Simply Naked Pita Chips after ‘inadvertently’ filling them with another flavor, potentially exposing consumers to undeclared milk.

The company admitted the mix-up was connected to at least one allergic reaction.

Smartfood also fell foul of undeclared milk allergens, alerted to the incident only after a consumer informed Frito-Lay late last year that a bag of Delight Sea Salt Flavored Popcorn actually contained cheese-flavored tortilla chips.

That recall affected 16-count variety packs sold in 29 states and online, though no illnesses were reported.

Frito-Lay did not respond to our request for comment before publishing.

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