Two very popular ice cream bars have been recalled due to the presence of undeclared dairy allergens and sulphites. The alert was issued in Canada but warns that the products may have been distributed in other territories. The recall applies to Rico ‘n Lalo bars and Mini Lalo bars.
The Canadian government is warning consumers about allergens in the increasingly popular Rico ‘n Lalo bars, which are not all as dairy-free as they appear. According to the public service announcement, the frozen chocolate coconut bars were found to contain sulfites that were not listed on the label, while the Mini Lalo Variety Pack frozen bars – raspberry, mango, coconut chocolate contained milk and sulphites not listed either. Both products have been recalled and may be either discarded or returned to point of purchase.
This recall specifically applies to two products. First up, Rico ‘n Lalo Chocolate Coconut Ice Cream Bars come in packs of 4, with each bar being an 80ml serving. The UPC is 8 98612 00019 4, and the recall applies to all packs sold through June 1, 2022. Meanwhile, Mini Lalo bars come in packs of 6, with each bar being 35ml. The UPC is 8 98612 00040 8, and again this applies to all bars sold through June 1.
These bars were distributed by Eclectic Food Services Inc. They were sold in Alberta, British Columbia and the Yukon, but distributors may also have sold them in other provinces and territories. Retailers have been urged to remove them from shelves, but consumers are also urged to exercise caution, particularly consumers with severe dairy allergies or lactose intolerance.
Humans can have a wide range of adverse reactions to dairy products, some of which are specific to milk or other particular products. According to a report by WebMD, one facet of the problem that is often confused is the distinction between lactose intolerance and a dairy allergy. The former is a digestive issue while the latter is an immune system issue. In either case, the severity can vary greatly.
Of the two, dairy allergies are far more dangerous. An allergic reaction to dairy products can lead to breathing problems, skin rashes, and extreme gastrointestinal distress. Consumers who believe they have triggered such a reaction are advised to seek medical attention immediately and discuss with their doctor whether an emergency epinephrine injector might be suitable for their lifestyle.