Chick-fil-A Issues Nationwide Recall of This Popular Dipping Sauce

The recall affects the Polynesian sauce distributed in some 27 states.

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Adobe / Chick-fil-A

It’s time to toss out the extra Chick-fil-A dipping sauce packets you took home.

On February 29, the much-loved, Atlanta-based fast food chain recalled its massively popular Polynesian sauce across some of the 27 states in which it operates and put up a hot-red banner on its website urging people to “Discard Previously Ordered Polynesian Sauce!” because the dipping cups “may contain a different sauce that includes wheat and soy allergens.”

And according to Fox News Digital, a spokesperson for the chain clarified that the Polynesian cups were erroneously packed with sriracha sauce, which contains both wheat and soy allergens.

The fast-food chain also sent out an email to users of its mobile application stating that the affected product was distributed between February 14–27, 2024, and is limited to the dipping cups found in its retail locations, adding, “We have discarded all impacted Polynesian Sauce dipping cups at the local restaurant and confirmed no other dipping sauces or 8-ounce bottles are impacted. We understand and take seriously the trust our guests place in us to make sure your food is what you order, and we apologize for this experience.”

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Additionally, Chick-fil-A posted signage at its restaurants alerting guests of the recall. The exact number of contaminated cups is unknown — and it is unclear whether any consumers have reported symptoms or health issues due to the contamination.

The Polynesian sauce, which is consistently among the chain’s most popular dips (along with barbecue and Chick-fil-A sauce), debuted in the early ’80s and is described as a “delicious sweet and sour sauce with a strong, tangy flavor.”  

Chick-fil-A did not immediately respond to Food & Wine’s request for additional comments. Guests with further questions may contact its Chick-fil-A CARES hotline at (866) 232-2040.

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Those with wheat and soy allergies (or intolerance) can suffer a number of symptoms in varying degrees of severity — including itching, swelling, diarrhea, nasal congestion, and difficulty in breathing, according to the Mayo Clinic. Worst-case scenario, an allergy may “cause a life-threatening reaction called anaphylaxis,” which may cause chest tightness and trouble swallowing — so much so that the throat may close up.

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