Regional grocery chain involved in NYC dancer’s death recalls more products

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By Dan Sears

Stew Leonard’s, a popular regional grocery chain, is recalling eight chicken products over an ingredient mix-up, less than a month after the store’s mislabeled cookies allegedly killed a New York City dancer with a peanut allergy.

The chain announced the recall Monday for a variety of chicken products across stores in New York, Connecticut and New Jersey, saying they may contain “undeclared milk,” according to a statement.

But the products may have been sold as far back as August 2022.

The items in question include:

  • Sliced and Shaved Chicken
  • Sliced and Shaved Buffalo Chicken
  • Chicken Salad
  • Chicken Salad Sub Sandwich
  • Buffalo Chicken Salad
  • Boom Boom Chicken Salad
  • Cape Cod Chicken Salad (sold in Norwalk, CT only)
  • Lite Chicken Salad (sold in Norwalk, CT only)

According to the company, the dairy-tinged deli meats were sold from August 2022 to January 29, 2024 at all seven Stew Leonard’s locations— from Farmingdale to Norwalk.

Customers who purchased the products can bring them back to the store for a full refund, though it’s unclear how that will work for people who bought the products almost a year-and-a-half ago.

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“People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products,” the store said in a statement. “No illnesses have been reported to date.”

The company’s warning follows the death of a dancer based in New York City who had a severe peanut allergy and ate mislabeled Stew Leonard’s cookies.

The grocery chain issued a recall– and blamed the miscommunication on the supplier, Cookies United.

The supplier disputed that assertion, claiming they’d notified Stew Leonard’s about the recipe change and that the cookies were labeled erroneously by the grocery store.

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