Trader Joe's Recalls 2 Cookie Products That May Contain Rocks

Trader Joe's is known for their selective and unique assortment of products, especially when it comes to their snacks. Before any product hits the shelves, it must go through a rigorous approval process. Unfortunately, sometimes the process doesn't go as smoothly as the company would like, and issues slip through the cracks. Recently, the grocery chain instated a recall of two of its cookie products due to them possibly containing rocks.

In a statement from the company, it was said that any Almond Windmill Cookies with a sell-by date of 10/19/23 to 10/21/23, and any Dark Chocolate Chunk and Almond Cookies with a sell-by date of 10/17/23 to 10/21/23 may be affected. The cookies in question have been destroyed after being taken off of shelves. Customers who purchased the tainted cookies are being strongly encouraged to "discard the product or return it to any Trader Joe's for a full refund." It's possible that any rocks in the cookies are very small, so even if you don't see them, it's prudent to discard them just in case.

Ingesting rocks can have dangerous consequences

Even if the rocks present in the cookies are minuscule, they can still have adverse effects on your body if accidentally ingested. For one thing, biting down on rocks can seriously damage your teeth, and scratch up your gums and mouth. It's also possible for the rocks to cause internal damage like tears to your intestines, which the Cleveland Clinic says would require immediate medical attention. Small foreign objects like rocks are especially dangerous to infants and young children who have a smaller esophagus and are therefore more susceptible to choking. For these reasons, it's imperative not to risk eating the possibly contaminated cookies.

At this time, there is not any information on how the rocks ended up in the Trader Joe's cookies, how large the rocks are, or how many have been found. The bad news is that if you're a fan of the Almond Windmill or Dark Chocolate Chunk and Almond cookies, you'll probably have to wait a bit for the company to produce a fresh, rock-free batch. The good news is that there are plenty of other delicious Trader Joe's cookies to enjoy in the meantime.