January 19, 2018

Undeclared Peanut in Chili Seasoning Sparks Lawsuit

A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of a Texas woman with a severe peanut allergy who suffered a serious allergic reaction (anaphylactic shock) after eating chili spice mix that contained undeclared peanut. The lawsuit, which names Reily Food Co. of New Orleans as defendant, was filed in district court in Montgomery County, Texas.

Peanuts in ShellIn November 2014,  Jillian Neal ate chili made with chili spice mix from Reily Foods which did not list nuts of any kind as in ingredient and soon became violently ill, according to the complaint. Her family rushed her to the hospital where she received life-saving medical care.

Peanut allergy is one of the most common food allergies. About 3 million Americans report being allergic to peanuts. Severe allergic reactions can be fatal, so strict avoidance, performed by reading food labels carefully is key.

Currently, there are dozens of recalls stemming from for undeclared peanut in cumin Brand names of recalled cumin include: Spice Mill, Archer Farms, Fresh Market, Mimi’s, Rosa Maria, All Island Spice, Casablanca, H Harvest, Spice Class, Leader Market, Salma, La Mina, Key Food and La Flor.

Recalled products containing the contaminated cumin include: Hatfield Pork Ribs, El Toro pork, Aleias gluten free croutons, Holiday Foods “Peruvian Brand Marinated Beef for Brochett on a Specialty Bamboo Skewer and Holiday Foods Chicken Taquito, Buffalo Provisions chorizo products, Sabor Latino beef and  chicken, Harris Teetter blue cheese dip, Garden Lites veggie cakes, US Foods beef strips for fajitas, Morningstar black bean burgers, Condies Salsa, Giant Eagle Market District Firehouse Chili with Beans, Chefs-In-A-Bag Chicken Taco Filling, HEB Fully Cooked Texas Style beef chili No Beans,  HEB Fully Cooked Taqueria Style picadillo Seasoned Ground Beef with Potatoes, Onions, Tomatoes and Peppers,  HEB Fully Cooked Carne Guisada Seasoned Beef in Gravy and Garcia Foods Pork Products,

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