June 4, 2023

Turkey and Havarti Sandwiches Recalled For Undeclared Sesame

Turkey and Havarti Sandwiches are being recalled for sesame, one of the nine major food allergens, that is not declared on the label. No reports of illness or allergic reactions have been received to date. There are actually three recall notices on the FDA website for this product, depending on the stores where they were sold. The first recall notice is for Turkey and Havarti Sandwiches sold at Ralphs stores in California from January 1, 2023 to April 24, 2023. The recalling firm is GH Foods CA LLC of Riverside, California. The sandwiches are packaged in an 8.55 ounce clear plastic clamshell. The UPC number for this product is 8 2676615584 2. The sell by date is stamped on the front of the packet. All sell by dates up to and including April 29, 2023 are included in this … [Read more...]

Shirakiku Spice Seasonings Recalled For Undeclared Sesame

Shirakiku Spice Seasonings are being recalled because they contain sesame seeds, the newest major food allergen, that is not declared on the label. Anyone who is allergic to sesame could have a serious reaction if they eat this product. No allergic reactions have been reported to the company or the FDA to date in connection with the consumption of these items. The recalling firm is Wismettac Asian Foods of Santa Fe Springs, California. The recalled spice products were sold at the retail level and through restaurants in these states: Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Washington DC, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, … [Read more...]

It’s Official: Sesame is a Food Allergen, Per the FDA

Sesame is a food allergen, according to the FDA. As of January 1, 2023, sesame allergen labeling is required on all food packages. But there is a lag time. Sesame joins the eight other major food allergens: eggs, milk, soy, finfish, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, and wheat. These ingredients must, by federal law, be listed on ingredient labels and any food that includes them must also have an allergen statement. The transition period, however, means that people who are allergic to sesame must still be careful. Food products that are already in the store, in stock, or in transport to stores do not need to have the label yet. And since some foods have a long shelf life, it could be months before all foods that contain sesame actually have an allergen statement. It's also … [Read more...]

Calise & Sons Bakery Recalls Golden Flax Seed Scala Bread For Sesame

Calise & Sons Bakery is recalling Golden Flax Seed Scala Bread because the product may contain sesame seeds, the newest of the nine major food allergens, that is not declared on the label. The problem is that Italian Scala Bread (Italian bread with Sesame Seeds) was packaged by error in a bag that is labeled as Golden Flax Seed Scala Bread that does not list sesame as an ingredient. A total of 689 packages of the bread were produced that were sold in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Connecticut. The recalled product is labeled as Golden Flax Seed Scala Bread. The bread is packaged in a bag that has a white plastic clip closure with a sell by date of 12-06 and a Julian date of 327. The company has contacted distributors, and products that have have not yet been … [Read more...]

FASTER Act For Sesame Labeling as Food Allergen Passes U.S. House

The FASTER Act for sesame labeling¬†and food allergy research has passed the U.S. House of Representatives. This bill, called the Food Allergen Safety, Treatment, education, and Research Act (S. 578), ¬†passed the U.S. Senate on March 3, 2021, and it now goes from Congress to President Biden for his signature. This bill has been long advocated for by food allergy and food safety advocates. Now, sesame products must be labeled as allergens on all processed and packaged foods, which will help the 1,600,000 Americans who are allergic to this ingredient. Lisa Gable, chief executive officer of Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE), said in a statement, "There is nothing more important to the food allergy community than ensuring that the FASTER Act is put into law. On behalf of the … [Read more...]

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