Trader Joe’s supplier of pita bread is recalling select lots of pita bread products due to the possibility of them containing “undeclared” soy.
Middle East Bakery, Inc., of Lawrence, Mass., recalled on Feb. 4, Trader Joe’s brand pita bread products because they may contain trace amounts of soy, an allergy threat to those with soy allergies or sensitivity. People that have an allergy or severe sensitivity to soy run the risk of serious or life-threating allergic reaction if they consume these products, according to the Food and Drug Administration.
Locally, the recall affects Trader Joe’s chains in Eastchester, Larchmont and Hartsdale. The recall also affects stores in locations throughout New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
According to a Larchmont Trader Joe’s store manager, who declined to give his name, signs are posted in all of the Trader Joe’s stores detailing the recall and alerting customers as to the contaminated products. The tainted products have also been removed from store shelves, the manager said.
“If you bring the products back to the store, you will get a complete refund,” the manager said.
The soy-contaminated products include eight types of pocket, mini, roll-up and Aprocryphal pita bread products with sell-by dates ranging from Feb.3 to Feb.5.
There have been no illnesses reported thus far.
The recall was initiated after a temporary breakdown in the company’s production and packaging processes.
Consumers with soy allergies should discard the products or return them to their local Trader Joe’s store, according to the Food and Drug Administration.
A Middle East Bakery, Inc., representative declined comment as of press time.
Consumers with questions should contact Middle East Bakery at 978-688-2221.
-Reporting by Marissa Penn