If you nibble on potato chips, check the package. Frito-Lay voluntarily recalled certain Lay's Classic Potato Chips, according to an FDA news statement on May 4.
The government says the 13-ounce Lay's Classic Party Size Potato Chips and 15 and 5/8-ounce Mix and Match Potato Chips are affected. Both packets will carry a "guaranteed fresh" date of July 18, 2023, and one of eight 105-starting production codes.
You may have avoided recalled items. The FDA said Frito-Lay only recalled a "limited number" of Lay's Classic Potato Chips. The warning lists 146 bags.
"The products were distributed to grocery, club, and convenience stores in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire, and consumers would have been able to purchase them as early as April 16, 2023," the agency said.
"No other Lay's products, flavors, sizes, or variety packs are recalled."
This recall comes with a "allergy alert" from Frito-Lay because the chips may contain milk. Consumer complaints prompted an FDA inquiry. Thus, Lay's Classic Potato Chips may include undeclared milk from the company's sour cream and onion chips.
"Of the major food pollutants, milk represents the most prevalent reason of recalls due to undeclared allergens," the FDA cautions on its website.
"The five food types most often implicated in food allergen recalls were baked goods, snack foods, candy, dairy products, and dressing (such as salad dressings, sauces, and gravies)."
The recalled Lay's Potato Chips have not caused adverse reactions. However, the unreported allergen might harm certain users.
"Those with an allergy or severe intolerance to milk run the risk of a serious or dangerous allergic reaction if they consume products contained inside the recalled bags," the FDA cautioned.
Thus, chip checks are advised. "If consumers have an allergy or extreme sensitivity to milk, they are encouraged not eat the product and discard it immediately," the agency warned.