Long Island Company Recalls Pasta Over Undeclared Allergen

Amazon launched its private-label Aplenty products with what Supermarket News described as a "better-for-you focus" that highlights high-quality, nonartificial ingredients. Unfortunately, sometimes mistakes happen that are decidedly not better for the consumer. On December 26, 2022, Seviroli Foodsa Inc., a company based in Long Island, New York's Garden City, initiated a recall with regard to one of its products, the Aplenty Rotini with Plant Based Bolognese Meal Kit. 

The reason for the recall was an undeclared allergen – milk. According to the Company's press release (as republished by the FDA), "it was discovered on December 22, 2021" that "Seviroli Foods products containing milk were inadvertently packaged in Aplenty-Rotini with Plant Based Bolognese Meal Kit Packaging, which does not include milk in the ingredient statement." 

In other words, some people who bought what they thought was a dairy-free meal kit may have actually purchased a product containing milk. Since the product was distributed to Amazon Fresh stores and available to customers online, it could be assumed that this meal kit was sold all throughout the U.S. Here is what you need to know about how this problem arose and what you should do if you think you might have this recalled product at home.

A packaging mixup led to this recall

Consuming milk can cause illness or even death in people with severe milk allergy or sensitivity. Compared to other food allergies, it's quite prevalent in children, according to Mayo Clinic. Unwittingly consuming milk may be distressing for other dietary or personal reasons as well, so if you think you may have purchased the "Aplenti Rotini with Plant Based Bolognese Meal Kit," please know that it's been recalled by its manufacturer, Seviroli Foodsa Inc., due to the presence of undisclosed milk (via FDA). It is identifiable by product number 19759 and UPC number 842379197598.

Please also bear in mind that three different lots of this product were sold, each with a different sell-by date. Lot number 1148 had a sell-by-date of May 28, 2022. Lot number 1161 had a sell-by date of June 10, 2022. Lot number 1162 had a sell-by date of June 11, 2022. All items related to the recall have been removed from Amazon store shelves, according to the FDA.

So far, the packaging error that led to this recall has not been tied to incidents or illnesses. If you have any questions or issues of concern regarding this recall, you can call Seviroli Customer Service at 516-222-6220, Ext 111, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Central Standard Time. And if you have any concerns about your health, you should contact a healthcare provider.