Clif Bars are an established favorite for a protein-packed, on-the-go meal replacement or an afternoon energy boost — but it's important for those with nut allergies to double check their bars before chowing down in light of the recent recall of some Clif products. Clif Bar & Co. has recalled three varieties of the popular snack bars because they may contain traces of peanuts and some tree nuts that aren't declared on the packaging. Two of the recalled products are marketed specifically to children, so here's how to tell if your kids' Clif Bars were recalled.
On Wednesday, Clif Bar & Co. announced that it had pulled the Clif Builder's Bar Chocolate Mint flavor, Clif Kid Zbar Protein Chocolate Mint, and Clif Kid Zbar Protein Chocolate Chip products from store shelves nationwide. The company is no longer selling affected bars online. Officials opted to issue this recall voluntarily after a "small number" of consumers reported peanut or tree nut reactions, according to the Food & Drug Administration (FDA). The tree nuts that may have found their way into the supposedly nut-free bars are almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, walnuts, and coconuts.
A spokesperson for Clif Bar & Co. told Romper that the company had no additional information or comment on the recall at this time
Individual bars could contain the traces of the nuts, as could some snack sizes and variety packs of these bars. A full list of the affected products can be found on Clif Bar & Co.'s website, complete with products names, "best by" dates, and lot codes. The company is urging anyone who has these products to return them to the stores where they were purchased in exchange for a full refund if they suspect that consuming the potential nut traces could cause an allergic reaction. The company's statement reads, in part:
People with an allergy to peanuts and these specific tree nuts run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction. The company is strongly advising consumers who have peanut and these specific tree nut allergies not to consume these bars.
People who do not have peanut or tree nut allergies can safely enjoy each of the products. Anyone with questions or concerns, or who would like to report a problem, can contact Clif Bar & Co. at 866-526-1970 or get in touch electronically by filling out the form found through this link.
Once the company gets this all sorted out, it will be safe for all to resume snacking once more — but your kids will thank you for keeping an eye out in the meantime.