Trader Joe's Genova Pesto Recalled Due to Undeclared Milk and Walnuts

The pesto was mistakenly put in hummus tubs.

Before you pull out a plethora of dips for your next party, you may want to take a closer look at the containers. Bakkavor USA, the North Carolina brand that makes Trader Joe’s Genova Pesto, has issued a voluntary recall on the item because it may contain undeclared milk and walnuts.

The recalled product has the UPC 0015 7353 on the side label, and a Use By date of 05/27/2023 with a timestamp between 06:28 – 07:07 printed on the bottom of the tub. It was distributed to Trader Joe’s stores in more than a dozen states between 4/28/2023 and 4/30/2023. The states with Trader Joe’s locations that have the recalled pesto are Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, and Washington.


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While no illnesses or allergic reactions have been reported as a result of this recall to date, individuals with allergies or severe sensitivities to milk or walnuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reactions if they consume this product, and should return it to TJ’s for a full refund, or dispose of it immediately.

According to an announcement from the FDA, this recall was initiated after someone at a Trader Joe’s retail store discovered that the Genova Pesto was mistakenly packaged in tubs marked "Hummus Dip”. These containers don’t contain an allergen declaration of milk or walnuts, which are both found in the Genova Pesto. An investigation into the root cause of this mistake is ongoing.

Additionally, per the Trader Joe’s website, “all potentially affected product has been removed from sale.”

Consumers with questions may contact Bakkavor USA at (855) 321-7504.

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