Cheese & Fruit Bistro Boxes sold at Starbucks in Washington being recalled

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WASHINGTON — The FDA announced Tuesday that Gretchen’s Shoebox Express of Seattle is issuing a recall of the Cheese & Fruit Bistro Box with an “enjoy by date” of March 4, 2016, and earlier because the product may contain an undeclared tree nut allergen (cashews).

People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to cashews run the risk of serious or life-threatening reaction if they consume this product, the FDA said.

The Cheese & Fruit Bistro Boxes were distributed to Starbucks retail stores in Washington state.

No other products or “Enjoy By” dates are impacted by this recall. Starbucks removed the impacted product from stores as soon as it became aware of the issue, the FDA said.

The recall is being conducted because an ingredient supplier issued a recall for a specific lot of almonds used to construct the bistro boxes. The almonds may contain cashews. No illnesses have been reported to date.

Customers that have purchased the recalled product and have an allergy to cashews are being asked to dispose of the product or return it to a Starbucks location for a full refund of the purchase price. Customers who do not have an allergy to cashews can safely consume the product.

Customers with questions may contact Starbucks’s Customer Relations at 1-800-782-7282, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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