Nestle Recall Issued Over Wood Chip Fragments

( – Nestle has issued a recall over one of its cookie dough products. The bars are advertised as containing 100% chocolate chips — but it turns out some of the chips are wood. The company is asking anyone who bought them to return them uneaten.

On August 11, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a voluntary recall from Nestle USA for two batches of its Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough “Break and Bake” bars. Some purchasers have complained that the bars of uncooked dough contain fragments of wood. Although nobody has reported problems after eating the product, the company is calling on purchasers to take them back to the store for a refund or replacement.

No other Nestle cookie dough products are affected by the recall, including other varieties of “Break and Bake” bars. The only potentially contaminated products are 16.5-oz bars of chocolate chip dough with batch number 311457531K or 311557534K. These batches were manufactured on April 24 and 25. According to the recall, these batches have expiry dates of August 22 and October 23 — but as the batches were manufactured on consecutive days, this may be a typo in the notice, with October 22 being suspect too. If you have any doubts go by the batch number, not the expiry date.

According to the FDA, there have been “a small number” of complaints about the product, but no reported illnesses or injuries, and the recall was issued “out of an abundance of caution.” A different Nestle Toll House chocolate chip cookie product was recalled last October after potential contamination with pieces of plastic.

Nestle says anyone who thinks they have the affected products should contact Nestlé USA at (800) 681-1678 if they need support in returning the dough. Lines are open Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST.

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