August 15, 2020

Food Allergens Can Become Airborne: How to Handle the Risk

Food Poisoning Bulletin constantly reports on food recalls for the eight major food allergens: peanuts, tree nuts, milk, fin fish, shellfish, wheat, eggs, and soy. Those eight allergens together cause at least 30,000 emergency room visits, 2000 hospitalizations, and 150 deaths in the U.S. every year. Recently we became aware that some foodborne allergens can become airborne. Some of the allergens are more of a risk than others. For instance, peanut allergens usually do not become airborne, and allergic reactions are not triggered from peanut butter vapors, according to a study published in the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. Since peanuts allergies are typically more severe and more likely to trigger anaphylactic shock, this is a relief. Some other food … [Read more...]

Annie Chun’s Teriyaki Noodle Bowl Recalled For Undeclared Peanuts

CJ Foods, a division of CJ America Inc. is voluntarily recalling Annie Chun's Teriyaki Noodle Bowl because it may contain undeclared peanuts, one of the major food allergens. Anyone who is allergic to peanuts who eats this product may have a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction. No allergic reactions have been reported to date in connection with this issue. The recalled product is Annie Chun's Japanese-Style Teriyaki Noodle Bowl. It is packaged in 7.8 ounce containers that are opaque white plastic bowls with paper sleeves. The UPC number on the product is 7-65667-10387-6 and the lot number is 12/25/2020. The company discovered some bowls that were packaged in outer sleeves indicating they were Teriyaki Noodle Bowls actually contained Pad Thai noodle, which contains peanuts … [Read more...]

Peppermint Pattie Ice Cream Recalled For Undeclared Peanut

Ample Hills Manufacturing of Brooklyn, New York is recalling Peppermint Pattie Ice Cream. because it may contain undeclared peanut, one of the major food allergens. Anyone who is allergic to peanuts who eats this product could have a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction. No illnesses or reactions have been reported to the company to date in connection with this recall. The product was distributed in Ample Hills Creamery Scoop Shops in these areas: Los Feliz, California; Aventura, Florida; and these Ample East Coast Scoop locations: Red Hook, Brooklyn, New York; Jersey City, New Jersey; Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn, New York; Gowanus, Brooklyn, New York; Fire Boat House, Dumbo Brooklyn, New York; Dekalb Market Hall, Downtown Brooklyn, New York; Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, New … [Read more...]

RXBAR Recalls Some Varieties for Undeclared Peanuts

RXBAR is recalling some varieties of their bars because they may contain undeclared peanuts, one of the major food allergens. Anyone who is allergic to that ingredient could have a dangerous reaction if they eat these products. There have been allergic reactions reported to the company. The varieties that are recalled are RXBAR Apple Apple Cinnamon, Blueberry, Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Hazelnut, Chocolate Sea Salt, Coconut Chocolate, Coffee Chocolate, Mango Pineapple, Maple Sea Salt, Mint Chocolate, Mixed Berry, and Pumpkin Spice. Of the RXBAR Kids type, Apple Cinnamon Raisin, Berry Blast, and Chocolate Chip are recalled. The company found that "potential for peanut" in two varieties of RXBAR and are expanding that recall after consumer complaints. The specific recalled products, … [Read more...]

New Hope for Children With Peanut Allergies

A new clinical trial has given hope to children who suffer from peanut allergies. That allergy can be deadly, causing anaphylactic shock within minutes. The study gradually introduced children to peanut protein over six months under medical supervision. The study results were announced at a conference of the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology in Seattle. One in 50 children in this country is allergic to peanuts. And most FDA recalls are for undeclared allergens in regulated products. This regimen gradually builds up tolerance to the peanut allergen, reducing their sensitivity. This is not a cure, but is trying to reduce the risk that exposure to tiny amounts of peanuts will trigger a life-threatening reaction. Scientists are hoping to develop an oral medication. … [Read more...]

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