If you’re trying to avoid dairy (or are allergic to it) and choose to drink almond milk instead, you might want to consider tossing the carton that’s in your fridge right now. A ton of Blue Diamond almond milk contains actual cows’ milk, so if you’ve bought some recently, you’re definitely going to want to keep reading.
According to a press release, Blue Diamond’s parent company, HP Hood, is recalling half-gallon cartons of refrigerated Vanilla Almond Breeze with a use-by date of September 2nd, 2018 because they may contain cows’ milk; the cartons have been sold in more than two dozen states. Blue Diamond estimates that 145,254 cartons are affected but notes that that represents only 0.8% of the total number half-gallon jugs that have been shipped out by HP Hood in the last year. But still—if dairy makes you sick, this is pretty disappointing.
States where the recall is taking place include: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Tennessee, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
In addition to the September 2nd use-by date, affected cartons have a UPC barcode of 41570 05621 on the side panel, and consumers should look for this info stamped on the top of the carton:
USE BY: SEP 02 18 (07:36 – 20:48) H5 L1 51-4109
USE BY: SEP 02 18 (07:36 – 20:48) H5 L2 51-4109
USE BY: SEP 02 18 (07:36 – 20:48) H6 L1 51-4109
USE BY: SEP 02 18 (07:36 – 20:48) H6 L2 51-4109
If you have one of these cartons, don’t worry—you can get a refund. Take it back to the store where you got it, or fill out this form on Blue Diamond’s website and you’re all set.
Be careful out there in the dairy-alternative aisle, everybody.