Ocean’s Halo Gluten Free Seaweed Chips recalled

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

A California food producer is voluntarily recalling a recent offering of Ocean’s Halo Gluten Free Seaweed Chips due to an undeclared allergen, wheat, at a third party manufacturer, the company announced Wednesday.

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development distributed the release from New Frontier Foods Inc.

Mayo Clinic puts wheat on the “always avoid” list for those with gluten allergies, along with rye and barley. New Frontier Foods says it has not received reports of illness associated with gluten allergies.

“For consumers who do not have an allergy to wheat, Celiac disease or a gluten intolerance, the products are safe to eat,” New Frontier says, but “consumers with wheat allergies, Celiac disease or gluten intolerance should not consume products bearing the affected code dates and should contact New Frontier Foods for a replacement or full refund.”

Robert Mock, co-founder of New Frontier, said that the wheat was discovered during a routine check of the product. Retailers who received the products have been contacted and told to destroy it, Mock said. He did not believe that Meijer or Kroger carried New Frontier products in Michigan, and said that its distributor, United Natural Foods Inc., mostly supplies natural grocers and co-ops.

Ocean’s Halo Seaweed Chips in sea salt, chili lime, and Korean BBQ flavors, 12 packs of 2.5 oz. bags, produced on Aug. 24, Sept. 14-17, and Sept. 21, are affected.