The Reason Kroger And Walmart Are Both Having Their Pancake Mix Recalled

In a recent announcement, Continental Mills, Inc. (a company which makes baking, breakfast, and snack products for retailers and foodservice companies) recalled a batch of its pancake and waffle mix being sold at Walmart and Kroger locations across the U.S.

A single lot of Great Value Buttermilk Pancake and Waffle Mix from Walmart was recalled. Consumers who have purchased this product are advised to check their mix for the UPC 078742370828, lot code KX2063, and best by date of September 1, 2023.

Food Safety News stated that Kroger's Buttermilk Pancake and Waffle Mix is also included in the recall. Kroger shoppers should look for boxes of mix with the UPC 01111088219, lot codes KX2063 and KX2064, and best by date of September 1, 2023 or September 2, 2023.

Though there have been no reports of illness or injury, any recalled products should be disposed of or returned to the store they were purchased from.

The mixes were potentially contaminated with fragments of cable

Continental Mills, Inc. began working with the FDA and retailers nationwide to ensure that its pancake and waffle mix was being pulled from Kroger and Walmart shelves and removed from customers' kitchens at the first sign of potential contamination. The recall was announced after "fragments from a cable used to clear the processing line" were discovered in the mix produced for Walmart by the company. Although Food Safety Tech attributes most food recalls to bacterial pathogens, contamination by a foreign material is not unheard of, says New Food Magazine. In the U.K. for the year 2012, the outlet shares out of 107 "physical contamination incidents" over half came from metal, glass, and plastic (with metal being the most common with 34 reported incidents).

In the recall announcement, Continental Mills called food safety its "highest priority," promising it was "acting swiftly for the safety of consumers."