Select Holiday Gift Baskets Recalled Over Health Risk

Houdini Inc. of California is recalling limited quantities of Blue Cheese Savory Twists found in multiple gift baskets sold at stores such as Costco’s, Sam’s Club, T.J. Maxx, Marshall’s and Home Goods.

The recall was announced after the Food and Drug Administration found traces of Salmonella at the manufacturing facility of the ingredient supplier for the powdered buttermilk used to make the Blue Cheese seasoning in these products. There is no issue with any of the other food products in the gift basket.

A limited quantity of products was distributed nationwide to consumers through Houdini Inc.’s direct to consumer division Wine Country Gift Baskets (catalog / internet) and Houdini Inc’s wholesale division, the recall said.

The list of affected products include:

Gift Basket Name:

Lot code number:

Gift Basket Name:

Lot code number:

Wine Country Gift Baskets:


Wine Trio


Napa & Sonoma Valley Exclusive 


Bodega de San Antonio Sangria Tradicional 


California Cabernet and Chardonnay Gift


Cakebread Cellars Napa Valley Duet


Placeholder Six Bottle WOM Wines Collection


The Ultimate Wine and Champagne Collection


Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Collection


The Classic

LC444761, LC446625, LC446626, LC451389

Lasting Impression

LC447394, LC452566

Wine Country Extravaganza


Grgich Hills Napa Valley Selection


Vintners Path Merlot Season’s Greetings


Stag’s Leap Winery Collection


Vintners Path Cabernet Season’s Greetings


Houdini Napa Valley Collection


Vintners Path Chardonnay  Season’s Greetings


Alfasi Cabernet Kosher Selection


Alfasi Kosher Trio


Alfasi Chardonnay Kosher Selection


Napa and Sonoma Duet


California Wine Crate


The Classic

LC451792, LC454676

TJX Companies:


Sam’s Club:


Metal Basket with Handles


Metal Basket with Leather Handles

LC446548, LC446549, LC446550

The Executive

LC442525, LC442751, LC443675

Costco Southeast Region:


Costco Northeast Region:


Burgundy and Bronze Metal Basket

LC448217, LC448218, LC448219, LC50256, LC52057, LC50258

Houdini Fabric basket


Costco Midwest Region:


Wooden Centerpiece


Tis The Season


Sweets For The Season


If your foil package does not have one of the two lot codes listed below printed on the pouch, your item is not part of this recall.

Internal Package Code Date:

1831602 XX (XX=last 2 digits refer to specific packaging machine)

2431602 XX (XX=last 2 digits refer to specific packaging machine)

This recall only affects the 7oz Blue Cheese Savory Twist in gift baskets shipped or sold in stores from Sept. 1, 2016 to Dec. 12, 2016. There is no issue with any of the other food products in the gift basket.

Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems, according to the FDA's recall.

Consumers with further questions can contact Houdini Customer Care at 866-712-5910. 

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