Tree nut allergies are the most common food allergies out there, with six tree nuts being the most “popular” when it comes to allergic reactions. These are walnut, almond, hazelnut, pecan, cashew, and pistachio. Recalls follow when manufacturers discover traces of one of these allergens in products that should not contain tree nuts. That explains the new Lipari Foods snack recall, as two products from the manufacturer include undeclared cashews.
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The recall concerns specific lots of Sesame Sticks Mix and Roasted and Salted Sunflower Meat Tub products. Lipari’s sister company JLM packaged the snacks.
Lipari Foods snack recall
Lipari issued the voluntary snack recall on October 7th. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published the announcement a few days later.
The two products were available to consumers without branding. But you can identify the products in the recall with the help of the following codes:
|Brand||Product||Lipari Product #||Size||Lot Code||Best By Date||UPC|
|JLM TUB||SESAME STICKS MIX||368268||11 oz.||08202209B
|JLM TUB||SUNFLOWER MEAT
Buyers in the following states should inspect their pantries to determine if they own any of the Lipari snacks in the recall: Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and West Virginia.
Lipari explains it became aware of the cashew problem when JLM discovered the ingredient in the bulk Oil Roasted and Salted Sunflower Seeds product from their bulk supplier, Shah Trading Co.
JLM used the bulk product to package the Sesame Sticks Mix and Roasted/Salted Sunflower Meat Tub products.
Tree nuts allergies
Lipari says the snacks in the recall have not caused any illnesses to date. But food products that contain undeclared allergens can still lead to allergic reactions.
People who are allergic to cashews and other tree nuts risk developing potentially life-threatening adverse reactions. The symptoms are consistent with any food allergy, and they can appear right after eating products like the two Lipari snacks.
Here’s what you might expect from cashew allergies:
- Tingling or itching in the mouth
- Hives, itching, or eczema
- Swelling of the lips, face, tongue, throat, or other parts of the body
- Wheezing, nasal congestion, or trouble breathing
- Abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting
- Dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting
Some people will experience anaphylaxis, a life-threatening condition that can appear in severe allergies. Here’s how to recognize the reaction:
- Constriction and tightening of the airways
- A swollen throat or the sensation of a lump in your throat that makes it difficult to breathe
- Shock with a severe drop in blood pressure
- Rapid pulse
- Dizziness, lightheadedness, or loss of consciousness
What you should do
People who are not allergic to cashews can still eat the Sesame Sticks Mix and Roasted/Salted Sunflower Meat Tub products in this recall. However, these two Lipari snacks can be dangerous to other people in your household, especially visitors. The cashew ingredient does not appear on the label, and people with allergies might eat the snacks as a result.
Lipari urges buyers not to eat the products in the recall. Instead, they should return the snacks to the place of purchase for a refund.
Anyone who wants to reach out to Lipari for more information will find contact details in the recall press release at this link.
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