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Potato recall issued in 14 states due to a potentially dangerous allergen

Published Sep 25th, 2022 8:02AM EDT
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A Melissa’s potatoes product was hit with a recall because it contains eggs, and the ingredient is not listed on the label. Potatoes alone do not contain traces of egg, but the Melissa’s Dutch Red Potatoes recall covers a product that ships with Dijon Mustard Sauce. The sauce is the likely culprit here.

The problem with eggs is that some people are allergic to them. As a result, they risk developing potentially life-threatening adverse effects after eating the potatoes.

Melissa’s potatoes recall

World Variety Produce Inc. recently announced a recall for a single product: Melissa’s Dutch Red Potatoes with Dijon Mustard Sauce. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) posted the announcement at this link.

World Variety doesn’t explain how the problem occurred or why the potatoes contain undeclared eggs. But the company says it has received no reports of illness so far.

Melissa's potatoes recall: Front side of the package.
Melissa’s potatoes recall: Front side of the package.

The following identifiers will help you determine whether your boxes of Melissa’s potatoes are included in the current recall:

  • Packaging: Clear Overwrap Tray in Cardboard Sleeve
  • Pack/Weight: Net Weight 1LB 1.7OZ (502g)
  • UPC Code: 0-45255-15221-0
  • Best Use Buy Dates: 08/15/22, 08/20/22, 08/22/22, 08/29/22, 09/02/22, 09/05/22, 09/11/22, 09/18/22, 09/26/22, 10/01/22, 10/09/22

World Variety did not sell the product nationwide, but the potatoes in this recall were available in various states. Buyers in Arizona, California, Florida, Iowa, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, and Washington should check their pantries or refrigerators.

Melissa's potatoes recall: The contents of the package, including the dijon mustard sauce.
Melissa’s potatoes recall: The contents of the package, including the dijon mustard sauce.

Egg allergies

Eggs are one of the most common allergy-causing foods for children, as the Mayo Clinic explains. Symptoms can appear a few minutes to a few hours after eating eggs or foods containing egg like Melissa’s potatoes in this recall.

Here’s a list of common symptoms:

  • Skin inflammation or hives — the most common egg allergy reaction
  • Nasal congestion, runny nose, and sneezing (allergic rhinitis)
  • Digestive symptoms, such as cramps, nausea, and vomiting
  • Asthma signs and symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, chest tightness, or shortness of breath

People who suffer from severe allergies can develop anaphylaxis, a potentially fatal condition. These are the signs to look out for:

  • Constriction of airways, including a swollen throat or a lump in your throat that makes it difficult to breathe
  • Abdominal pain and cramping
  • Rapid pulse
  • Shock, with a severe drop in blood pressure felt as dizziness, lightheadedness, or loss of consciousness
Melissa's potatoes recall: Back side of the package, showing various identifiers.
Melissa’s potatoes recall: Back side of the package, showing various identifiers.

What you should do

If you and the people in your household are not allergic to eggs, you can still eat the potatoes in this recall. However, the food product still poses a risk to anyone with an egg allergy who visits your home for a meal.

World Variety advises buyers to destroy and dispose of the recalled product. The announcement doesn’t mention refunds. But buyers can always contact the company using the information available in the press release. See the FDA website at this link.

Finally, people who think they experienced adverse reactions after eating Melissa’s potatoes from this recall should contact a doctor.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he closely follows the events in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises. Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.