If you’re a parent of a child with a wheat allergy, celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, you’ll want to pay close attention to the following news. The Canadian organic foods company Nature’s Path has issued a voluntary recall of over 400,000 boxes of its gluten-free EnviroKidz cereal because of an unintended contaminate: gluten.
The recall affects several varieties of EnviroKidz cereal with specific “best before dates” that were sold in both the U.S. and Canada:
- EnviroKidz Choco Chimp with a “best before dates” of 8/27/2019
- EnviroKidz Gorilla Munch with a “best before dates” of 8/24/2019 and 9/21/2019
- Envirokidz Jungle Munch with a “best before dates” of 8/01/2019
If you bought any of these cereals and want to return them, you may bring them back to the store where you purchased them for a full refund. According to the FDA, other gluten-free Nature’s Path and EnviroKidz cereals were not affected.
If you’re not familiar with the brand, EnviroKidz is a line of breakfast cereals that helps support wildlife causes. Nature’s Path reportedly donates one percent of sales of these cereals to environmental groups that benefit vulnerable animals, like chimps and gorillas. You can find these products for sale at retailers like Target and Amazon.
In a statement, Nature’s Path’s executive VP of sales and marketing, Arjan Stephens, said they are planning to make changes to their testing process to ensure that unintended gluten contamination doesn’t happen again in the future. “Making healthy, nutritious, organic food is our passion,” Stephens said. “This failure to meet the gluten-free standard our consumers expect and trust from us is a deep concern. We have reviewed and changed our internal practices to ensure our gluten-free cereals are not impacted in the future.”
Nature’s Path is not the first manufacturer to have to recall a gluten-free cereal because of gluten. In 2015, Cheerios had to recall 1.8 million cereal boxes because they contained wheat.