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Deadly Peanut/All Nut Allergy Multigrain Pasta Made With "Legume Flour"
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FYI - My son suffers from a DEADLY ALLERGY TO PEANUTS/ALL NUTS - last night he ate "Barilla PLUS Multigrain Pasta" that I bought and made. This pasta is made with "LEGUME FLOUR BLEND (GRAINS AND LEGUMES (LENTILS, CHICKPEAS) which are all in the peanut family ("PEANUT IS IN THE LEGUME FAMILY, ALONG WITH LENTILS" ). It is not listed on the box as a warning in bold print . . . "CONTAINS" . . . (which I rely on with every food I buy) it is listed in small print along with all other ingredients. Just an FYI to anyone who deals with this allergy every day - Don't just trust the Bold Print that alerts you to wheat and egg ingredients, etc . . . read the fine print. I never would have thought that pasta would be made with "Legume Flour". After rushing my Son to the ER - he is alive today! THANK GOD!

Barilla should put this warning on it's box "Contains Legume and Lentils which are in the Peanut Family".
     
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clutzycook on 2014-07-08:
Did you write this to the company? I'm sure they'd be glad to know.
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Bugs in Barilla Pasta!
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BANNOCKBURN, ILLINOIS -- Today (11-1-2011) we opened a box of Barilla whole grain rotini and discovered the pasta was full of wiggling, white insect larva. The box is marked by Barilla as "best if used by" July 2012. THIS SHOULD NOT HAPPEN TO A PRODUCT WITH A "BEST USED BY" NINE MONTHS IN THE FUTURE! Unfortunately we stocked up when ShopRite put the Barilla pasta on sale and we now have two bags full of Barilla's bug-infested pasta. When we called Barilla's 1-800-922-7455 product question line, we got a recorded message saying the number was not in service. We were directed to call another number which was disconnected. LOUSY QUALITY. LOUSY SERVICE. We have written Barilla via the Internet requesting a refund and will contact ShopRite. This is a serious, disgusting quality control issue and possibly a public safety issue; we hope Barilla will make good on this defective product.
     
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Venice09 on 2011-11-02:
Barilla is my favorite pasta and Shop Rite is my favorite store, but I completely agree with your complaint. Take all the boxes back to Shop Rite for a refund. That's the quickest way to get your money back. Make sure you write down the lot numbers so you can provide them to Barilla. I'm not sure where the problem originated, but I'm sure both Barilla and Shop Rite will want to know about this.

Don't let this turn you off the brand. I've been buying Barilla pasta for years and have never seen one bug. In my opinion, Barilla makes quality products. This is just an unfortunate incident that will most likely not happen again.

I'm curious if you live in a warm/humid climate and if you bought these boxes during the summer months.
madconsumer on 2011-11-02:
the poster states "Location: Bannockburn, IL"
Talia_Barilla on 2011-11-04:
Hi Fredric – Please email consumer.care@barilla.com and one of our product specialists will address this issue directly. Thank you for bringing this to our attention.
Venice09 on 2011-11-04:
Hello, Talia Barilla! Thanks for posting. I love Barilla pasta. It holds up to the cooking process better than all the other brands, especially in recipes. I can't stand overcooked pasta, and I never have that problem with Barilla. I also love all the varieties. I pass over the other brands even when they're on sale, because Barilla is the best!
Bonnie on 2013-08-13:
Every product I've tried by Barilla cook up tough doughy tasting . Not a good pasta product at all
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BUGS in my pasta!
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If you ever think of buying Barilla Ricotta & Spinach tortellini that you get in a package from a store, DON'T. I got some last night from Wal-Mart to fix for supper. I used my silver colored pot, which obviously lets me see that the pot is clean and the water is clear. I started boiling the pasta, and after about 5 minutes, I saw black specks in the water. I poured it into a colander and rinsed it off, and I saw something inside the pasta itself (not the filling). It turns out that there were BUGS in the pasta. I kept looking, and I found bugs in most of the pasta shells and even some insect eggs in some. That was awful.

I have contacted Barilla, and I'm going to contact Wal-Mart to have them pull that product off the shelves, at least the ones from that batch. I just wanted to warn people so no one else has to find what I found.
     
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Sparticus on 2007-06-05:
I think those boxes of pasta are not completely sealed right? Just in cardboard boxes? If that is the case, I would imagine small insects could get in the box from the store warehouse or even while on the shelves... If the box was airtight... odds are the bugs would not have survived... or at least that would be my guess. I'd be steering clear of that Walmart...
heaven17 on 2007-06-05:
I hate to admit this, but I bought some Rice-A-Roni from a local convenience store once and it had several bugs in it.
I picked them out and ate the stuff anyway!
Hey, when you want the Roni...

That's my Gross-You-Out Moment for the day!
CrystalSword on 2007-06-05:
If anything sits on the shelf long enough its bound to have weavels hatch out. Flour is a good example...I bring it home and freeze it for a few days before I put it in the canister. Cake mixes, even though sealed in plastic inside the box, can have weavels. They won't hurt you, they are just a fact of life. Besides, its free protein!
Anonymous on 2007-06-05:
Crystal, I get my protein from the little ants that sometimes get is my coffie. lol
Rekico, good review and I am sure one of our members will love to here that his beloved Barilla's is not as great as he thought. I voted you most helpful, thanks for the information
spiderman2 on 2007-06-05:
That is gross! What did Barilla say?
Sarah May on 2007-06-05:
Pardon my girly moment here, but... YUCKY!! UCKY YUCKY YUCKY EWWW!! I hope you managed to stomach something for dinner after that. Thanks for the review.
*Brenda* on 2007-06-05:
Sparticus, this pasta comes in bags. So.. I guess either there was a hole or they got in before packaging. Eww!
adzidek on 2007-06-05:
Sarah May, I'm a fairly strong-stomached dude, definitely not girly, and I second your "YUCKY!! UCKY YUCKY YUCKY EWWW!!".

I probably won't be eating pasta for a while. Or flour, thanks to Crystal!! Thanks a lot !! (joking).
Starlord on 2007-06-05:
Our daughter refuses to use ketchup because someone told her the FDA allows a certain amount of insect parts in it. She seemmingly doesn't accept that the FDA allows a certain amount of insect parts in ALL foods. It's a fact of life. You could never elimiante all insect parts in food, and if you could, no one could afford to eat. In many countries in the world (including one place in Southern California) many people eat many insects, and consider what we eat to be disgusting. Many products, like pasta, flour bread, etc due to the packaging, cannot prevent the entry of tiny insects. To make it through distribution, the packages would have to be hermetically sealed, which would be very expensive and would promote mold growth. I'd rather eat the bugs than mold, thank you.
Sarah May on 2007-06-05:
starlord, I wonder if she's referring to the coloring that's used in a lot of foods which is essentially ground up bug? I believe it can be read about in Fast Food Nation, which I personally haven't gotten to yet but my fiancé just finished and abridged for me. :)
Rekico on 2007-06-06:
Well, in terms of my stomach's sanity, I can handle eating things that might contain something I don't want to know about, as long as I can't see them. But when my normally light colored soft pasta has crunchy bugs and insect eggs in it, I can't stomach that. I'm not totally queamish. In fact, my favorite food is sushi. I just can't make myself enjoy pasta when I'm looking at the bugs I'm consuming at the same time.
Sarah May on 2007-06-06:
Heck no, I'm with you there Rekico! And unless they've got a picture on the packaging of pasta with bugs on it, I'd say you didn't get what you paid for.
Skye on 2007-06-06:
It's gross, but those bugs are weevils, and they are from flour, and yes, they can be in unopened foods, like pasta, cereal, flour. Keep those types of foods in the freezer. Just google it, and it's a very common thing to find these types of bugs in unopened food.
ayayla on 2007-06-10:
Well I got the same thing. In a Barilla Rigatoni box I got 3-4 for pastas infected! The bugs were inside the pasta as if they were caught there during the process. I needed to break the pasta to take them out!
msmom on 2007-06-19:
Do any of you have birds in the house? I never ever had problems with any kind of bugs in my pantry until my daughter got a parrot! We had such a moth problem and now I am seeing these weevil things in the pasta boxes! They are alive too! While researching ways to get rid of the moths I read that bird food is very likely to have eggs in it because of the cautions that are taken in processing their food without pesticides. It is recommended that you freeze their food after purchasing. I have found that doing this along with putting a moth trap in the pantry has greatly helped the moth problem. I just hope that it will have some possitive effect on getting rid of these weevils as well.
lockwood on 2007-07-22:
I think BArilla should pay you something. The same thing happened to me except my was WASA bread. I don't know where some of these people come from on this posting but in this culture, bugs are not normally used as food. I am just curious about how the processing procedures go or do they just not care. This food comes from a foreign nations, Italy and Sweden.
risa on 2007-08-19:
Just wanted to add that I don't believe its Barilla, only because EVERY time I have bought pasta in Walmart recently there has been bugs in it no matter what brand I have bought, so I do very mush believe its the store you get it from. because when I go to the regular grocery store and nuy pasta I have no bugs in it and its the same brands I was buying at walmart.
Barbara on 2012-06-26:
Barilla Pasta -- had boiling water in a pot on stove, opened the box of Barilla pasta and dumped it into the water...saw bugs floating on top. It was disgusting! Got another box of Barilla out of the Pantry and it had bugs, another box of Barilla did not. These were all recently bought and were unopened. They were NOT bought at Walmart, they were bought at BJ's. I think it's Barilla...obviously they have bugs in their plant. I will be contacting Barilla and BJ's for a refund and I will never buy Barilla again.
I know on 2013-08-31:
The Barilla plants are very clean. That includes the 2 here as well as the one in Italy where the tortellini. They have (and are required to) have state of the art pest control programs. Most likely, the bugs are coming from either the distribution warehouses or the actual store. All it takes is one product to become infested, and it can spread to other products located close the the infested product.
Diana on 2013-09-30:
Opened 4 boxes of Barilla Pasta yesterday, all four had bugs in them. The dates were good until 7/6/2015 on some, and some had 11/20/2015. Threw them all out and went to the store for dinner. Now I know why they were $.77/box.
Sarah on 2014-01-08:
I have bought Barilla pasta on 5 different occasions now. To find that inside there are multiple tiny dark brown insects. They can even drill holes through plastic bags and eat through cardboard to infect other foods. They spread easily into other unopenened foods. Barilla is definitely the source, as the items have been purchased from different stores. Yuck, they are disgusted and once in your pantry a nightmare to get rid of! My brother lives in another state and has the same problem with Barilla food. Barilla say their product leaves the factory in excellent condition but they cannot be held responsible for the warehouses between my house and the factory. They would not even refund the cost of the meal that night that was thrown away!!
Gail on 2014-03-15:
had 7 boxes of different styles of Barilla on
my tall bookcase I use for my pantry Last Sun morning I opened up Large shells box
and dumped in my glass decanter------gobs
of crawling lava on top---which was the bottom of cardboard box--------ALL other boxes had same live bugs tooo and my jambayla mix hot cocoa mix cereal----
they were crawling all over the pasta like
thin spaghetti-------threw it out in dumpster
and took cleaned up boxes back to Walmart
they gave me money back filled out a complaint form------two days big rep called
me and wanted to know if I was going to pursue a claim against walmart of Barilla
all the boxes were dated 2015 and 2016
and she wanted to know why I did not keep
the boxes or bring bugs to them in a glass
jar--------weird phone call---------I said I wanted them to know it can happen to
anyone any store----and health issue
and has happened before with other Barilla
customers and stores and locations----she
said she would forward my complaint to them---------she was not that concerned
and neither was the 3 supervisors at the
super center walmart-------believe me if
they had it happen to them in their kitchen
and pantry-------they would not be quiet
about it either---------I took a pic of dead bug
and showed them-------but woman on phone
said I got rid of the evidence ---meaning the
boxes and the bugs-------WHAT???
icky icky issue-------going to be awhile before
I eat more pasta and rice------uggggggg
took me 4 days to sanitized and disinfect
all the areas affected------and Barilla
is in SO many stores and looks innocent!!!
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