MDA issues consumer advisories


Wheat and nuts undeclared ingredients on labels

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is notifying consumers of an allergy alert for undeclared allergens in Kowalski’s brand Kalbi rub, and in TeaSource brand roasted chestnut tea. The label on the spice blend did not declare wheat as an ingredient, whereas the label on the tea bag did not declare tree nuts (almonds) as an ingredient. The Kalbi rub is sold in 5.5-ounce bottles, and was recalled on July 13. TeaSource roasted chestnut tea is sold as loose tea in two-ounce, four-ounce, and one-pound bags; TeaSource has voluntarily recalled this product, and the label has since been corrected.

State officials are not aware of any illnesses associated with these products, but people who have sensitivity to the undeclared ingredients (wheat/almonds) should be aware of the inclusion of these ingredients in the above-mentioned products.

Consumers with allergen concerns who purchased Kalbi rub from Kowalski’s may discard the product or return it to the store where purchased for a full refund.

Consumer contacts
Kowalski’s Markets: 651-796-6098
TeaSource: 1-877-768-7233


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