Sunshine Burger Issues Voluntary Recall Notice (Gluten)

I wanted to share this recall notice I received today because we are big fans of Sunshine Burgers at our house and I’ve recommended them here on the blog before.  When I saw the subject line I was worried the recall was related to the recent paprika and cumin contamination cases (read more here).  The contamination is in the form of gluten, not nuts, though it is related to a spice supplier.

Sunshine Burger package (circa 2011)
Sunshine Burger package (circa 2011) – this variety is not affected in the recall

Here’s the full statement:

Effective immediately, we are voluntarily removing from store shelves the following items for a possible allergen contamination as a result of gluten levels higher than 20 parts per million. Affected products include these Sunshine Burgers products and “use by” dates:

  • Organic Sunshine Burger Black Bean South West (SKU# 7 94213 00013 0) with the following USE BY dates: 7/13/2016, 7/21/2016, 7/28/2016, 8/4/2016, 8/11/2016
  • Organic Sunshine Burger Barbecue (SKU # 7 94213 00023 9) with the following USE BY dates: 5/4/2016, 6/11/2016, 8/13/2016
  • Organic Sunshine Burger Loco Chipotle (SKU# 7 94213 03163 9) with the following USE BY date: 8/12/2016

If you purchased a product with one of these SKU codes and dates, you can send us a product label – or photo – for a full refund, or return the product to the grocery store.

During routine testing by an independent laboratory, gluten in excess of 20 parts per million was detected in three of the eight items in the Sunshine Burger product line. No other products were affected. We immediately removed the affected production lots from commerce and initiated additional testing to identify the source of the gluten and take corrective actions. The additional testing of ingredients found the source of the gluten was a spice blend from a third-party organic spice supplier that did not meet our specifications.

Prior to this positive test for gluten, no Sunshine Burger products had tested positive for the presence of this allergen. All Sunshine Burger products are certified organic and verified non-GMO. They are produced in a plant with a strict HACCP program in place. Corrective actions are being implemented to ensure this is not repeated.

We sincerely apologize to consumers for the inconvenience this voluntary recall has caused. Please contact me directly if you have any questions.

Sincerely yours,

Cole Jones
General Manager

Source (March 4, 2015).

2 thoughts on “Sunshine Burger Issues Voluntary Recall Notice (Gluten)

  1. This one doesn’t affect me, but thanks in general for these heads-up posts. They are very helpful! 🙂
    Also wanted to let you know my link is now fixed. Sorry if you had trouble getting to my site, I didn’t even know it was broken!


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