Sprouts Farmers Market Is Recalling Its Chocolate Covered Cherries

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that Torn & Glasser, a food products company from Pomona, California, is recalling 231 cases — or 2,772 bags — of its dark chocolate covered cherries sold at Sprouts Farmers Market stores in six states following the discovery that the product may also contain some dark chocolate covered almonds.

This mistake has serious health implications, as the dark chocolate almonds naturally contain tree nuts, the ingestion of which has the potential to result in life threatening complications for those allergic or with severe sensitivity to the allergen (via Anaphylaxis Campaign). The potential health risk facilitated the recall of the product from Sprouts Farmers Market stores in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah, which began selling the contaminated cases on November 3, 2021. The bag lot number printed on the back of the dark chocolate covered cherry bags is 3001 A, and they have a sell by date of July 24, 2022.

What to do if you have purchased the recalled product

Per the FDA notice, the recall followed an investigation which confirmed that some dark chocolate almonds were included in bags of dark chocolate covered cherries produced by Torn & Glasser. Torn & Glasser is a family owned company that has been in business since 1928 in Southern California, with a product line that includes items like nuts, candies, dried fruit, and spices.

This is the second sweets related recall involving undeclared nuts or nut-based ingredients since the beginning of 2022. San Francisco-based manufacturer Siren Snacks issued a voluntary recall of its Birthday Cake Bites earlier this year after some packages were found to contain undeclared cashews or almond butter (via FDA).

Although fortunately no illnesses have been reported to date from the Torn & Glasser dark chocolate covered cherries, the FDA urges anyone who may have purchased the product to destroy it or return it to the Sprouts Farmers Market where they bought it for a full refund.