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If you were hoping to include a pie from BJ’s Wholesale Club as part of your Thanksgiving meal, not so fast — there’s been a BJ’s pie recall.
As of Friday, Nov. 18, BJ’s has removed and thrown out frozen pies from their bakery shelves — everything but apple and no-sugar apple pies — and are telling customers who did purchase a pie to return to the store with a receipt for a full refund. (That’s right, your pumpkin pie, blueberry crumb pie, or pecan pie is at risk.)
The Krazy Coupon Lady called various BJ’s locations across the U.S. and were told that pies were thrown out at all BJ’s locations. This food recall has not been included on BJ’s recall list as of writing.
Now, before you freak out, don’t worry — there’s no contamination threat. So why were the BJ’s pies recalled?
Apparently the pie manufacturers’ ovens weren’t calibrated properly, resulting in some pies that weren’t quite as cooked as they should have been. Just to be safe, they tossed out all the potentially undercooked pies.
Here’s everything we know about the BJ’s pie recall and what to do if you have one in your fridge this Thanksgiving.
What pies were recalled from BJ’s in November 2022?
BJ’s buys their pies from a company called Wellsley Farms, who supplies BJ’s stores with desserts, muffins, pastries, cakes, and other bakery goods. All of the Wellsley Farms pies — except apple pies and no-sugar pies — are included in the BJ’s pie recall.
And yes, pumpkin pie is a Thanksgiving Day staple for the big meal, but it’s one of the types of pies BJ’s has been throwing out. For the most part, pumpkin pies and blueberry pies are the ones being thrown out, but they’ve also pulled some sweet potato, lemon meringue, and blueberry crumb pies.
Why were the BJ’s pies recalled?
The pies were taken from the shelves due to a calibration issue in the ovens at the manufacturer, Wellsley Farms. It’s likely that the pies were not baked to the proper temperature before being shipped to stores. The pre-baked pies are shipped frozen to BJ’s and then baked on-site.
Erring on the side of caution, BJ’s removed the pies from shelves to avoid any possible quality or health issues. It is worth noting that these pies were not contaminated and, as of now, do not pose known health risks. There have been no reported cases of illness or health-related issues at the time this article was written. (For what it’s worth, our impression from employees was that these awkwardly cooked pies won’t taste all that good.)
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What do you do if you recently bought a BJ’s pie for Thanksgiving?
If you purchased any of the Wellsley pies from BJ’s this week for the holiday, don’t serve them. Keep your original receipt, if possible, and return the pie to the store as soon as you’re able to. According the BJ’s website, Wellsley Farms has a 100% guarantee or your money back if you aren’t satisfied — so customers should be able to receive a refund if they’re concerned with the quality of their Thanksgiving pie.
Will BJ’s be issuing refunds for the pie recall?
Yes. If you purchased a pie from BJ’s this Thanksgiving, visit your local store with your receipt and ask for a refund. If you already threw away your receipt, give your store a call and ask about their return policy for baked goods that have been removed from the shelves and if they’ll issue a refund without a receipt.
Where can I get another Thanksgiving pie?
For now, the only two pies you can find at BJ’s are the apple pie and the no-sugar pie, so if you’re like many other BJ’s shoppers and are dead-set on having a warehouse-sized pumpkin pie, you have to look elsewhere. Our suggestion? Sam’s Club. They have the same-sized pies for sale, and you don’t have to have a membership to order them from Instacart. We’ll tell you how Instacart works for Sam’s Club orders.