(Updated) Dried cranberries are a great way to get some sweetness with your polyphenols, but if you’ve got Ocean Spray Craisins in the cupboard, it would be best to check the UPC code and expiration date.
The company is voluntarily recalling certain lots of Original Flavor Craisins in 5-oz., 10-oz. and 48-oz. bags, as well as bulk dried sweetened cranberries in 10-lb. packages, after reports of consumers finding hair-like metal fragments mixed in with the fruit.
The consumer products being recalled have “Best By” dates falling between Oct. 27 and Nov. 11, 2012. Recalled bulk products have Best By dates between Oct. 30 and Nov. 5, 2013. Only packages with Best By dates followed by the letter M are affected — for example, Oct. 27 2012 M. Click here for the full list of recalled products, by UPC code and Best By date.
Neither Ocean Spray nor the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received reports of injuries from the contaminated Craisins, and the manufacturer insists that the risk of injury is low. The metal fragments were caused by an equipment malfunction on a production line at one of Ocean Spray’s cranberry-making facilities, MSNBC reported. The problem has been corrected, according to a company spokesman.
Update [8 p.m.]: The company also noted that the recall is limited mostly to states in the Western U.S.
Consumers who have purchased any recalled product should destroy it. You can save the UPC label and Best By date, however, and call Ocean Spray’s consumer hotline at 800-662-3263 for a coupon replacement. No other Ocean Spray products are affected by the recall.
Correction [8 p.m.]: The original version of this post misstated that consumers found metal shards in Craisins packaging. In fact, the contamination of the recalled product was discovered by Ocean Spray, not by consumers.