Those Macaroons Could Poison You

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No whey, baby!
Publix has recalled scores of macaroons.

Milk chocolate-covered macaroons, plain ones, and those covered in sprinkles are being removed from bakeries in stores across the South today. Not just Florida, but Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia. The voluntary recall was issued December 24.

The reason: an undeclared whey that could seriously harm folks with a milk allergy.

The small size is only sold in South Florida. Bigger ones are sold in other states through a warehouse in Atlanta.

"When we became aware of this, we decided to remove the cookies from shelves," says Rick Bernardo, director of South Florida bakery, based in Kendall. "All stores were told to remove them."

Overall, 200 cases including 12 in each package were recalled. They were marked "Publix Bakery Coconut Macaroons. "Most were removed from the warehouse and shelves'" Bernardo said. "Only a few were sold. We didn't want to take any risk whatsoever."

South Florida bakery is a wholesale bakery that also sells to Winn-Dixie, Wal-Mart, and other chains. The macaroons only go to Publix. It is the first recall for the firm in 12 years of operation, Bernardo said.

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