The New Jersey product liability attorneys at Breslin and Breslin are reporting that the company that makes the black and white mini cookies sold in Starbucks stores is recalling the treat because they contain milk, an ingredient not declared on the packaging that can cause potentially serious or even life-threatening reactions for people allergic to it.
Sweet Sam's Baking Company of the Bronx issued the recall Friday for the black and white cookies sold in Starbucks stores in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, Florida, Delaware, Georgia, Ohio, South Carolina and West Virginia.
The recall, which was ordered after two customers with milk allergies reported reactions after eating the cookies, applies to any of the treats sold in those stores on or before April 23, the company said.
The product comes in a 2 oz. clear film package, each containing two cookies. Printed upon the front of the package are the words "Black & White Mini Cookies," "A New York City Favorite" and "SKU 408785." The back panel says "Manufactured for Starbucks Coffee Company."
According to the FDA, a product packaging review determined that the private-label packaging design omitted the presence of milk from the ingredient panel. Subsequent investigation indicates the problem was caused by an oversight in the design process of the private label, the agency said. The same cookies sold under Sweet Sam's own trademark do not have the packaging issue, the FDA said, and the label will be changed before the cookies are reintroduced to the market.
Consumers allergic to milk who have purchased the black and white cookies sold at Starbucks made by Sweet Sam's are urged to discard the product or return it to any Starbucks store for a full refund.
If you or a loved one has suffered illness or injury as a result of consuming Starbucks' black and white cookies, legal recourse may be available. Food manufacturers have an obligation to properly declare all ingredients contained in their products, and when they fail to do so and injuries result, they may be held liable. Allergic and suffering parties may be entitled for compensation for damages including, but not limited to, lost wages, the cost of medical bills, and pain and suffering. To learn if you are eligible to file a claim, contact the trusted and respected New Jersey product liability lawyers at Breslin and Breslin today for a free case evaluation.