Lemon Chalet Creme Girl Scout cookies' taste and smell prompts refund offer

If you're a Girl Scout Cookie fan and thought the Lemon Chalet Creme cookies you ate were a bit off -- no problem with your taste buds. They were real lemons. As in duds.

The maker of the Girl Scout cookie line, Kellogg's Little Brownie Bakers, issued a statement saying some customers had complained of "an off taste and smell." So, the bakers tested them and found them to be safe to eat, just not so good to eat -- "not up to our quality standards," company spokeswoman Susanne Norwitz told WalletPop in an email.

She said that 31 of the 81 Girl Scout councils nationwide have been contacted and were told they could return Lemon Chalet's in their control if they were among the batches that didn't go over so well.

But don't call this a recall, the company said. "We are handling this matter as a quality withdrawal."

Cookies with the following lots codes of the cookies not being recalled, but subject to "withdrawal": 7455881, 7455882, 7455883, 7456741, 7456742, 7456743, 7457661, 7457662, 7457663, 7458521, 7458522, 7458523, 7459401, 7459402 and 7459403.

Norwitz said it appears as though oils in those cookies "may be breaking down, which can result in an off taste and smell."

The cookies are the primary fund-raising tool for each of the local affiliates of the Girl Scouts of America. No other varieties of Girl Scout cookie appear to have suffered the same fate, Norwitz said.

"The quality of our products is a top priority for Little Brownie Bakers," she said. "We sincerely apologize to any consumers affected and are committed to working with the impacted Girl Scout councils through this issue."

If you have one of the "off" cookies, you can call the manufacturer at 800-962-1718 or visit the company's web site.

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