Why King's Hawaiian Just Recalled 3 Of Its Products

On August 11, King's Hawaiian announced a voluntary recall of three products which are all a part of its pretzel line, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The recalled products are King's Hawaiian Pretzel Slider Buns, Pretzel Hamburger Buns, and Pretzel Bites. No other King's Hawaiian products are affected by the recall. Consumers that are in possession of any of the three recalled products are advised to dispose of them and to contact the company at 877-695-4227, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. PST. Company representatives will be available to answer questions and handle requests for replacement products.

The FDA announcement lists the three products, along with the UPC and lot codes of the items covered by the voluntary recall. Though there have been no reports of adverse effects or product contamination of any of the three pretzel products from King's Hawaiian, the recall is related to an earlier one of products and ingredients manufactured by Lyons Magnus, per the FDA. King's Hawaiian features its Pretzel Slider Buns, along with celebrity chef, Guy Fieri in their Slider Sunday campaign.

The King's Hawaiian products are just part of a larger recall that was announced by the FDA on Aug. 10. 

Products were recalled due to possible microbial contamination

King's Hawaiian uses an ingredient made by Lyons Magnus in its pretzel products. On August 10, 2022, the FDA announced that Lyons Magnus had expanded its voluntary recall of products that could contain Cronobacter sakazakii and Clostridium botulinum (the latter commonly known as botulism). Though no illnesses have been reported due to consumption of King's Hawaiian products, the recall is being issued out of an abundance of caution and to prevent any possible illness. The FDA indicates that Cronobacter sakazakii infections are rare and relatively mild, but infections from Clostridium botulinum can be serious. The FDA explains Clostridium botulinum can cause severe food poisoning which may result in death, per the FDA.

Among the other companies impacted are Glucerna, Kate Farms, Oatly, and Premier Protein. Certain products from nutritional beverages to cold brew coffee drinks are included in this mass recall. Consumers are advised to visit the FDA's press release to see a complete list of the companies and products involved in the recall. At the moment, King's Hawaiian has removed their pretzel products from inventory for sale, and they plan on disposing of the items covered by the recall and resuming production when they've confirmed that all ingredients are safe.