Ralston Foods Recalling Instant Oatmeal

Company recalled nearly 15,000 cartons of instant oatmeal because a number of them contain a milk ingredient that was not listed on the box.

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Ralston Foods, a unit of Ralcorp Holdings Inc., recalled nearly 15,000 cartons of instant oatmeal because a number of them contain a milk ingredient that was not listed on the box.

Ralston said the recall issued Monday was of Western Family Variety Pack Instant Oatmeal with the "Best If Used By" code "DEC0409N."

The company initiated the recall after discovering fruit-and-cream oatmeal packets in the variety packs. They said the milk ingredient would affect people with an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk ingredients. No illnesses have been reported, Ralston said.

They oatmeal in question comes in 13.8-ounce boxes with 10 instant oatmeal packets. It was distributed in stores in Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

Consumers can return the product for a full refund at the store where they bought it. Those with questions can call 1-800-725-7866.

Ralcorp shares lost 19 cents to $65.09 in morning trading.

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