Long Island vegan bakery under investigation for trying to pass off Dunkin’ donuts as its own

State authorities are investigating a Long Island vegan bakery that went viral for allegedly trying to pass off Dunkin’ donuts as their own gluten-free treats.

CindySnacks, a vegan specialty grocer in Huntington, accused one of its sellers, The Savory Fig, of providing it with non-vegan, allergen-contaminated donuts that it didn’t even cook in a March 4 Instagram post .

The post included a photo of a strawberry-glazed donut covered in tiny purple and orange “Ds” that looked eerily similar to the donut and sprinkles found at Dunkin’ Donuts — which contain dairy and gluten.

“I immediately wondered why this donut was decorated differently than all the others and so strikingly similar to a recognizable chain,” Jonathan Stengel, co-owner of CindySnacks, wrote in the post.

CindySnacks in Huntington accused one of its vendors, The Savory Fig, of supplying it with non-vegan Dunkin’ donuts. News day
The store received a strawberry glazed donut covered in tiny purple and orange “Ds” that looked eerily similar to the donut and sprinkles found at Dunkin’ Donuts — which contain dairy and gluten. cindysnacks/Instagram

“I immediately removed all delivered items from our shelves and stored them in the back as a precaution until I could confirm what was or was not happening here. »

Stengel shared a text message exchange with Michelle Siriani, owner of The Savory Fig, expressing concern about the donuts.

“If this is Dunkin’ Donuts, the ingredients could kill someone because we have so many people with severe dairy allergies shopping here,” Stengel wrote, adding that he would keep the conversation going private if she confessed.

The store owners weren’t convinced the donuts weren’t from Dunkin. cindysnacks/Instagram

Siriani responded that the donut “definitely wasn’t” from Dunkin’.

Still not convinced, Stengel and his partner Cindy Kay purchased an EZ Gluten Home Test Kit for Baking — which revealed a “highly positive” result for gluten, according to photos shared in the post.

“We immediately severed all personal and professional ties with this person. We are mortified to have provided one of his products to our customers and our own family. We trusted a well-known and highly recommended vegan and gluten-free baker,” Stengel said in the post.

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, which is responsible for food safety inspections, confirmed to Newsday that it has received a number of complaints about The Savory Fig and will investigate the latest incident.

The bakery is registered as a home processing business based in Patchogue.

Home processors are exempt from obtaining food processing and retail food store licenses, according to the ministry. They are, however, required to register with the state and follow its guidelines, including identifying allergens like gluten in their products.

Stengel and her partner Cindy Kay purchased an EZ Gluten Home Baking Test Kit. cindysnacks/Instagram
The test kit returned a “highly positive” result for gluten, according to photos shared in the post. cindysnacks/Instagram

Siriani told NewsDay that CindySnacks’ Instagram post was “fake” and denied that the photographed pastry was hers.

“It wasn’t my donut,” she said.

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