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Bakery recalls pancakes sold at Market Basket

Middle East Bakery
Recalled pancakes sold in Market Basket stores.

Middle East Bakery, based in Lawrence, announced Monday evening that it is recalling its dairy-free, gluten-free frozen pancakes sold with a Market Basket store label because they may contain traces of milk.

“Market Basket Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free Pancakes” were sold in about 60 Market Basket Supermarket Stores in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Those with milk allergies or lactose sensitivities could have reactions to the product.

“We first learned of this problem when a man from Cape Cod with milk allergies developed a mild rash on his face and reported his symptoms to Market Basket,” said Lawrence Essember, quality manager for Middle East Bakery, in an interview. “We tested a number of lots and one came back positive containing dairy in the amount of 200 parts per million.”


The bakery agreed to withdraw all its lots of the frozen pancakes and advised consumers to discard the packages or return them to the store where they were purchased to obtain a refund. The recalled packages were sold in the frozen food department and contain 12 pancakes in a 14-ounce box with UPC 4970571120.

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“The problem was caused by a temporary breakdown in the company’s production and packaging processes,” according to a statement from the bakery. “All recalled lots have been removed from the supermarket shelves.”

Customers with questions may call Middle East Bakery at 978-688-2221, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Deborah Kotz can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @debkotz2.