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Voluntary Recall for Potato Chips/Onion Rings Snacks

March 3, 2010, 3:13 PM HST
* Updated March 3, 3:33 PM
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The Hawai‘i State Department of Health (DOH) has been notified by the U.S. FDA of a voluntary recall of Tim’s Cascade Snacks – “Hawaiian Kettle Style Potato Chips-Sweet Maui Onion” and “Hawaiian-Sweet Maui Onion Rings”.

The manufacturer is voluntarily recalling the product due to possible health risks. The DOH will be notifying product distributors and retailers statewide today to remove the product from sale. The DOH will follow-up with on-site visits to retailers tomorrow to ensure the recalled products have been removed from store shelves. To date, the DOH has received no reports of illness related to these recalled products.

Image Courtesy: U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Consumers are urged to check their cabinets for the product and to either discard it or return it to the store where it was purchased. All other Tim’s Cascade products are not subject to this recall. More information is available below from the manufacturer.

Although the company uses the word “Hawaiian” in its product name, the company operates on the mainland out of Algona, Washington.

The specified products were recalled because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.


‘Hawaiian® Kettle Style Potato Chips- Sweet Maui Onion’ and ‘Hawaiian- Sweet Maui Onion Rings’ were distributed nationwide and in Canada through retail stores, distributors, direct delivery and internet sales. These products were sold as individual bags and as components of packs, including variety packs. No other ‘Hawaiian’ products are involved in this recall.


Only the following products are being recalled:

‘Hawaiian Kettle Style Potato Chips – Sweet Maui Onion’

With code dates MAR 09 10 up to and including JUN 07 10



1 ounce bags 1159400116

1.5 ounce bags 1159402213

2 ounce bags 1159420211

5 ounce bags 1159400503

8 ounce bags 1159410034

18 ounce bags 1159402005

32 ounce bags 1159403201

2 ounce 15 pack Bag 1159420211

Box 1159499007

1.5 ounce

It’s Time for Tim’s Variety Pack, 36 count Bag 1159402213

Tray 1159436001

70 gram bags 1159400704

210 gram bags 1159400754

908 gram bags 1159403201

‘Hawaiian – Sweet Maui Onion Rings’

With code dates MAR 23 10 and all dates up to JUN 21 10


0.75 ounce bags 1159407501

1.5 ounce bags 1159402022

4 ounce bags 1159440401

42 gram bags 1159401501

There are no known illnesses reported.

The ‘HAWAIIAN® Kettle Style Potato Chips – SWEET MAUI ONION’ AND ‘HAWAIIAN – SWEET MAUI ONION RINGS’ are being recalled because they contain HVP (hydrolyzed vegetable protein) manufactured, distributed and recalled by Basic Food Flavors, Inc., Las Vegas, NV.

Consumers who have purchased these products should not consume them and should return them to the retailer they were purchased from for a full refund.

(Posted by Wendy Osher; Information courtesy: Hawaii Department of Health and the CDC)

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