Allergy alert – shrimp

According to the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network, Nestlé Prepared Foods Company is recalling a limited quantity of one variety of LEAN CUISINE® Dinnertime Selects which is mislabeled. The packaging identifies the meal as containing chicken, however, an error has been discovered and approximately 200 packages contain shrimp. The product possibly was shipped to retailers in Alaska, Florida, Idaho, Oregon and Washington state. The recall affects LEAN CUISINE® Dinnertime Selects Chicken Fettuccini/UPC code 13800-14880 with a production code of 1253595911G and a “best before” date of October 2012. Consumers who have purchased to the product may contact Nestlé consumer services at (800) 542-6935, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, to receive a full refund.

Allergy alert – milk

According to the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network, Flowers Foods is recalling several varieties of “Mrs. Freshley’s cereal bars” in dual language packages due to undeclared milk. The product was sold in discount stores in the U.S. in a French-English multipack carton and to food and convenience stores in the Quebec and Ontario provinces of Canada.  The recall affects:

  • Mrs. Freshley’s Canadian Label Apple Cinnamon Fruit and Pastry Cereal Bars, UPC 072250002400
  • Mrs. Freshley’s Canadian Label Blueberry Fruit and Pastry Cereal Bars, UPC 072250002387
  • Mrs. Freshley’s Canadian Label Strawberry Fruit and Pastry Cereal Bars, UPC 072250002363

Consumers may return the product to the place of purchase for a refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at (866) 245-8921, Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. ET, or via e-mail by visiting the “Contact Us” page on

New book tells the FA story with humor & heart

From Washington’s Bellingham Herald: If you’ve got food allergies or care for someone who does, dealing with the day-to-day challenges of eating safely can feel tricky at best – and at worst, grueling and isolating. So Sandra Beasley’s memoir, Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales From an Allergic Life, comes as a welcome relief. The author, an award-winning poet, has severe food allergies, to dairy, egg, soy, mustard and shrimp, just to name a few. Although the book is filled with scary tales of allergic reactions in far-flung locales, it’s also funny, touching and ultimately courageous. After all, how many of us can say that we place our lives in our forks each and every time we eat? – Read more here.

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UK teen’s death due to allergic reaction

From the UK’s Wirral Globe: A Wirral teenager died from a lethal allergic reaction to a takeaway meal, an inquest was told. 17-year-old Christopher Smith, from Wallasey, had a severe nut allergy and went into anaphylactic shock after just one mouthful of food. – Read the story here.

Allergy alert – peanuts

According to the Food Safety News, Falcon Trading Company, Inc./SunRidge Farms of Pajaro, CA has recalled milk chocolate cranberries because they may contain peanuts. – Check out the details here.

Should restaurants cater to diners with food allergies?

From The Huffington Post: Two thought-provoking blog posts have recently been published about how restaurants should, and can, deal with severe allergies. Read the rest here.  (My own footnote: Restaurants should take a look at how Disney World handles special diets.)

Allergy alert – soy

According to Food Safety News, a California company is recalling approximately 72 pounds of tongue and blood sausage because of mislabeling and an undeclared allergen. The product contains hydrolyzed soy protein, which is not declared on the label, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Thursday. Soy is a known allergen. – Read the details here.

Significant increase in food allergies among pre-schoolers

From the West Australian: An epidemic of potentially life-threatening reactions is affecting a record one in 10 Australian babies, a Perth expert has warned. Princess Margaret Hospital paediatric allergist and immunologist Susan Prescott said the recent rate, the highest ever reported in the world, included a 500 per cent increase in serious anaphylactic food allergies in pre-schoolers in the past 10 years. – Read more here.

Allergy alert – egg

According to the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network, Posh Bakery is recalling “Butter Mini Croissants” and “Chocolate Mini-Croissants” due to undeclared egg. The recalled items were sold in many Whole Foods Market stores in northern California. The products are packaged in 12-pack, 12-oz clear plastic clamshell containers with Whole Foods Market labeling. The recall affects all expiration best-buy dates and lot codes prior to July 6, 2011. The recall affects “Croissants Mini Butter 12PC Whole Foods” with UPC 21609300000 and “Croissant Mini Chocolate 12PC” with UPC 21609400000. Consumers may return the product to the place of purchase for a refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at (408) 980-8451 Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. PT.

Allergy alert – milk, sunflower, sesame, soy

According to the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN), Risvold’s Salads Inc. is recalling “seafood pasta” and “seafood salad” due to undeclared milk, sunflower, sesame, and soy. The products were sold behind the deli case in select retail markets in Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington. The recall affects all Risvold’s seafood salad with “use by” dates prior to 071111 and all Risvold’s seafood pasta with “use by” dates prior to 071711. Consumers may return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at (323) 770-2674, Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. PT.