Why Did Catalina Crunch Recall Over 300,000 Cereal and Snack Packages?


May 30 2023, Published 10:05 a.m. ET

It may sound crazy, but cereal has always been my brainfood. When I was in college and had to pull an all-nighter to study for an exam, you better believe a box of Apple Jacks or Cookie Crisp was sitting right next to me. There's just something about that crunch that activates my brain and keeps me focused.

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Since I'm all grown up and follow the keto diet, whenever I'm faced with a difficult deadline and might be up most of the night, I swap out Captain Crunch Crunchberries for Catalina Crunch Maple Waffle Cereal! While it's not quite as satisfying as a box of Apple Jacks, I feel better knowing that it's healthier and contains less sugar. And who really needs a cartoon spokesperson at my age?

So, imagine my surprise when I learned about the 2023 Catalina Crunch recall while I was halfway through the package.

Why is there a Catalina Crunch recall?

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Catalina Snacks Inc. — which produces gluten-free, low-carb and keto-friendly munchables — recalled more than 300,000 packages of its cereal and snack mixes due to a foreign object/possible metal contamination. The Lebanon, Ind.-based brand, which is a favorite of fitness enthusiasts and wellness influencers, was forced to issue the ongoing recall on products displaying certain best-by dates that were sold in various states and online.

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According to the FDA, 316,980 pouches of ready-to-eat pouches were recalled due to the presence of a foreign object. These products were distributed in the following states, and online:

  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kentucky
  • Maryland
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Texas
  • Virginia
  • Wisconsin.

The list of recalled Catalina Crunch products include:

  • Catalina Crunch Cheddar ready-to-eat snack mix, 6-ounce package, UPC 850017468160, Best by Date 2/15/2023 and 2/22/2023.
  • Catalina Crunch Creamy Ranch ready-to-eat snack mix, 6-ounce package, UPC 850017468160, Best by Date 2/15/2023.
  • Catalina Crunch Spicy Kick ready-to-eat snack mix, 6-ounce package, UPC 850017468153, Best by Date 2/22/2023.
  • Catalina Crunch Honey Graham ready-to-eat cereal, 9-ounce package, UPC 860479001553, Best by Date 7/25/2023.
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  • Catalina Crunch Fruit ready-to-eat cereal, 1.27-ounce package, UPC 850017468214, Best by Date 8/1/2023.
  • Catalina Crunch Fruit ready-to-eat cereal, 8-ounce package, UPC 850017468085, Best by Date 8/1/2023.
  • Catalina Crunch Chocolate Peanut Butter ready-to-eat cereal, 9-ounce package, UPC 850017468184, Best by Date 8/1/2023 and 8/8/2023.
  • Catalina Crunch Maple Waffle ready-to-eat cereal, 9-ounce package, UPC 860479001539, Best by Dates 7/25/2023 and 8/15/2023.

Were you impacted by the Catalina Crunch recall?

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If you discover you have purchased a package of Catalina Crunch cereal or snacks that have one of the best by dates or UPC numbers listed above, there are a few things you should do:

  • Immediately throw the products away
  • Return the products to the store where you purchased them
  • Contact Catalina Crunch to help answer any questions or concerns you may have at (949) 259-312.

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