Saturday, January 11, 2014

Routine testing of ingredients discovers undeclared dairy, five Kinnikinnick products recalled

Update March 13, 2014

While our recall is complete, it looks like there may be many other companies affected by this contaminated ingredient. The manufacturer has just recalled 166,000 lbs of dried egg distributed throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, Denmark and Costa Rica. 

Just to repeat, we no longer use products from this manufacturer.

January 23, 2014 Update

Message to our Valued Customers         

As you may know, Kinnikinnick has recalled products on 2 occasions in the last month. These recalls are the result of undeclared milk in whole egg powder which was manufactured in the US by a major egg processor.   

As part of our ongoing in-house ingredient testing program, in mid-December, we discovered amounts of milk contamination in a retention sample. We have documentation from this HACCP, SQF, USDA & Kosher certified manufacturer certifying that no milk allergens are present in the product or the facility.  Subsequently we received assurances from the manufacturer which reiterated that eggs are the only allergen present.  In order to double check our in- house test results we have been sending samples to a leading allergen testing facility in the USA in order to verify our results.  When the lab confirmed our results, we notified the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), FDA and USDA of our findings in early January and began the first recall of Kinnikinnick products. The distributor of this ingredient in Canada, Burnbrae Farms, has currently recalled 4 lots of this ingredient.

Based on these findings we began an investigation into other lots of this ingredient and found additional contamination, leading to the expanded recall. 

As of today, additional lots of this ingredient are under investigation by the CFIA and our own lab.
Rather than have an successive recalls as lab results come in, we have decided to voluntarily recall all products produced prior to eliminating the manufacturer as an ingredient supplier in late December 2013. This notice states “All lots Up to and including" and lists a Best Before date. See HERE for affected Best Before dates.

This has been a very difficult way to learn that not all ingredient manufacturers take basic food safety, GMP’s and allergen controls as seriously as we do at Kinnikinnick.

 Jerry Bigam
President & CEO
Kinnikinnick Foods.

January 16, 2014 Update.

Further testing has found another lot of egg powder contaminated with milk. We have added additional lots to the original recall. Please see for a full listing of affected lots. Three lots of egg powder has been recalled by the Canadian distributor.

January 11, 2014

Kinnikinnick CEO Jerry Bigam on the voluntary Recall of a limited number of Products labelled ‘Dairy Free’

“As of this morning I need to announce that through our Ingredient Testing Program we have found dairy contamination in one of the egg products that we buy.  I want to emphasize that this recall applies only to those consumers who have an allergy to dairy products.  The majority of our customers are gluten intolerant and this recall does not affect them.   If you have an allergy to dairy products please return the items to your local store for credit.  If you purchase through our Home Delivery Program please contact us directly.

Like all food manufacturers, we require documentation confirming that no allergens are present in the ingredients that we buy.  We only purchase ingredients from suppliers that can provide the required Gluten Free and Allergen Free Assurances.   Moreover, we maintain our rigorous commitment to food safety by testing all incoming ingredients for allergens in our own Laboratory.  Recently we have expanded our Ingredient Testing Program to include more intensive testing for dairy and peanut contamination rather than relying on the Allergen Free Assurances from ingredient suppliers.

During a routine lab test as part of our expanded  Ingredient Testing Program, we found unacceptable levels of dairy contamination in an egg ingredient.  Subsequently tracing this ingredient, we found traces of dairy in a small number of our finished products.  As a result we have advised the Canadian Food Inspection Authority and the US Food and Drug Authority of this finding and are recalling all products identified with the specific Lot Code.

For any consumer who is not intolerant to dairy, these items are perfectly safe to consume, so enjoy them as you normally would.

A recall is never a good event, but this unfortunate experience does emphasize that our Ingredient Testing Program is critical to ensuring that we provide the safest allergen free food possible.  Regular, independent testing of ingredients used in allergy friendly foods is an absolute requirement.

 I apologize to our customers who rely on our ‘dairy free’ assurances and can only add that with the enhanced testing and changes to our supply chain, that going forward you will be find our products will continue to be the safest gluten free, dairy free, peanut free and tree nut free bakery items in the market”.

The products that may contain some dairy contamination include:
Kinnikinnick Pancake and Waffle Mix
Kinnikinnick Kinni-Kwik Bread and Bun Mix
Kinnikinnick Panko Crumbs
Kinnikinnick Original Homestyle Waffles
Kinnikinnick Cinnamon Brown Sugar Waffles

Affected Best Before codes are available on the Kinnikinnick Website at or contact the company Toll Free at 1 877 503 4466

To read more about our testing and quality control visit

Kinnikinnick Foods Inc. is a major supplier of gluten free products in North America.  Over the years, the company has reformulated all of its products to be not only gluten free but also dairy free, nut free, tree nut free and sesame free.  As a result it provides one of the most comprehensive selections of bakery products that are allergy friendly.  

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