America's favorite baked goods are being taken off grocery store shelves across the country. Bimbo Bakeries U.S.A, the parent company of Entenmann's, issued a voluntary recall of its Little Bites snacks recently, and much to parents' horror, the item in question just so happens to be a favorite of children and teens alike. Because kids are obsessed with the tasty snacks, the recall has parents wondering if the Entenmann's mini muffins are safe to buy, or whether they should plan on strolling past that aisle altogether to avoid any tantrum meltdowns. The good news is that the recall was issued voluntarily and as a safety precaution. Due to a manufacturing error, it turns out that there might be plastic fragments in Entenmann's mini muffins.
Bimbo Bakeries became aware of an error that occurred at one of the bakeries in Illinois where Little Bites products are manufactured. The error meant some of the Entenmann's Little Bites products were potentially shipped out to stores with small plastic fragments still embedded in them. Bimbo Bakeries immediately recalled the items. Not all Entenmann's products are being recalled, though, so you don't have to completely swear off your children's favorite recess snack. The five pack Little Bites Fudge Brownies, five and 10 packs of Chocolate Chip Muffins, and the 20 pack Variety pack are currently being pulled from grocery store shelves. The contaminated items will have best-by dates of Sept. 24, 2016 or Oct. 8, 2016.
Bimbo Bakeries announced the recall with a statement through the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) website. It provided a detailed list of exactly which products were effected by the manufacturing error, as well as which states received products from the bakery in Illinois. The fact that Bimbo Bakeries is being so transparent about the error should offer some relief to parents and lovers of Entenmann's products.
There has been one reported injury caused by the Bimbo Bakeries manufacturing error, though, so it is still best to proceed with caution. If you purchased one of the potentially contaminated products that has a sell-by date of Sept. 24 or Oct. 8, it's recommended that you throw it away. It's always better to be safe than sorry.
In the meantime, grocery stores are removing potentially damaged items from their shelves. Despite the recall, Entenmann's mini muffins and other beloved, tasty treats are still safe to buy. You should just be careful and double check the items over the next few weeks.
Yes, the national crisis has been averted. Entenmann's mini muffins, fudge brownies, and chocolate chip muffins will live to see another day. Until I eat them, that is.