Costco shoppers, listen up: One of their popular yogurt products is experiencing a recall due to a mix-up at the factory. It looks like instead of Ellenos Vanilla Bean yogurt filling the cups labeled “Vanilla Bean”, workers discovered that some 4-oz cups were accidentally filled with Lemon Curd instead.
While that doesn’t seem like a huge deal — not like, say, getting infected with hepatitis from Trader Joe’s berries — the issue here is egg. Lemon Curd has egg; Vanilla Bean doesn’t. So anyone with an egg allergy or sensitivity could have a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction by eating the undeclared egg product in the Ellenos product. Fortunately, no illnesses have been reported yet.
Here’s what you need to know about this food recall:
Only 12-pack cases of Ellenos Vanilla Bean Yogurt with an April 23 “best before” date are part of the recall.
If you have Ellenos yogurt in your fridge, you’ll want to check your product to make sure it doesn’t have the following characteristics:
- Vanilla Bean Greek Yogurt 4-oz cups, sold in 12-pack variety cases
- Packaged in a clear plastic cup with a blue foil seal
- Sold at Costco warehouses in Alaska, Oregon, and Washington
- “Best before” date of 04/23/2023 printed on a blue foil seal
- Individual cups UPC#: 8 57290 00620 1
- Case UPC#: 8 57290 00617 1
Note: Ellenos Marionberry 4-oz cups with the Best Before date 04/23/2023 are not affected by this recall. No other Ellenos brand yogurt products of any other size or similarity are affected.
Don’t eat the recalled yogurt if you have an egg allergy; return it for a full refund.
If you have purchased the affected product, Ellenos Real Greek LLC says you shouldn’t eat it if you have an egg allergy or sensitivity. Throw the product away or return it to your Costco warehouse for a full refund. If you have any questions, you can contact Ellenos at 206-535-7562 on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
People with egg allergies could experience symptoms ranging from a runny nose to passing out.
If you have an egg allergy and you accidentally eat something with egg in it, your immune system can react really strongly to the proteins in the egg. This can cause an allergic reaction that might be mild or really serious, and sometimes even life-threatening. Some symptoms of an egg allergy include itchy skin, a rash, swelling of the lips or face, a runny nose, tummy troubles, and in really serious cases, trouble breathing, passing out, or low blood pressure.
So, if you know you’re allergic to eggs, it’s super important to stay away from foods that have egg in them so you don’t have an allergic reaction.