Planning a barbecue or picnic this weekend? Double-check your chip bags before setting them out for everyone to grab.

By Andrea Beck
July 05, 2019

If anyone attending your July 4th cookouts and celebrations (or any other summer potluck) has a milk allergy, dairy intolerance, or follows a vegan meal plan, make sure you double-check your chips before pouring them into a bowl. Recently, Frito-Lay announced a voluntary recall of 7 ¾ oz. size bags of Lay’s Lightly Salted Barbecue Flavored Potato Chips because they might contain milk products that aren’t included on the label. Those with milk allergies or sensitivities to milk products could have a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they accidentally eat any of the recalled chips.

Image courtesy of Frito-Lay.

Here’s how to tell if any of your picnic chips are included in the recall: All of the bags announced as part of the recall have both a “guaranteed fresh” date of August 27, 2019, and a nine-character manufacturing code that includes the numbers “29” in the second and third spots (for example, x29xxxxxx). The manufacturing code should be listed right below the date on the bags. Also, the recalled bags will have the UPC code “28400 63242” listed on the bottom left side of the back of the bag.

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It will be pretty obvious when you open the bag if it was part of the recall. Instead of being filled with Lay’s Lightly Salted Barbecue Flavored Potato Chips as the bag says, the bags were accidentally filled with another chip flavor. This isn’t the first time a mix-up has occurred, either. Back in November 2018, Frito-Lay announced a similar recall where bags of Smartfood Popcorn were accidentally filled with tortilla chips.

Right now, there isn’t any information available about which stores the recalled chips were sold in. However, they were shipped to retail locations in 24 states: Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

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Luckily, no illnesses or adverse reactions have been reported related to the recall. If you have any of the chips announced as part of the recall in your pantry, you can return them to the store for a refund, or contact Frito-Lay Consumer Relations at 1-800-352-4477.

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