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Salad recall: Find out if your salad kits need to be thrown away

Updated Sep 27th, 2022 10:56AM EDT
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Salad kits see frequent recalls, and contamination with dangerous bacteria is often the reason why. But the Fifth Season Crunchy Sesame Salad Kits recall is different. The product doesn’t contain any microorganisms that could cause illnesses. Instead, it comes with a dressing packet that contains milk and egg without declaring the two ingredients.

People who are allergic to milk or egg, or who suffer from other milk sensitivities, risk developing side effects if they eat the salad.

Fifth Season Crunchy Sesame Salad Kits recall

Fifth Season just announced the Crunchy Sesame Salad Kits recall. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published the press release at this link.

The action involves a single UPC (52070008147) and two best-by dates (16-AUG-2022 1 and 15-AUG-2022 0). Fifth Season sold these products in Michigan, New York, and Ohio between August 4th, 2022, and August 12th, 2022.

The company says it discovered the problem while conducting routine quality control checks. Furthermore, it’s working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.

Fifth Season salad recall: The front side of the Crunchy Sesame Salad Kits retail package.
Fifth Season salad recall: The front side of the Crunchy Sesame Salad Kits retail package. Image source: FDA

Milk and egg allergies

Fifth Season says it has not received any reports or complaints from consumers about the product. But people who are allergic to milk or eggs risk developing adverse reactions after eating the salad kits that are included in this recall.

Symptoms will be similar regardless of the allergen. Here’s a list of the most common food allergy signs, per the Mayo Clinic:

  • Tingling or itching in the mouth
  • Hives, itching, or eczema
  • Swelling of the lips, face, tongue, and throat or other parts of the body
  • Wheezing, nasal congestion, or trouble breathing
  • Abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting
  • Dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting

Allergic reactions can be life-threatening for some people. Here are the symptoms to look for so you can recognize anaphylaxis, which can be deadly:

  • 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

Also, lactose intolerant people can experience symptoms if they eat the salad kits from the Fifth Season recall. The symptoms are different, however:

  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea and sometimes vomiting
  • Stomach cramps
  • Bloating
  • Gas

“Milk and eggs are common allergens, especially in small children,” Dr. Morris Nejat, MD, Medical Director at New York Allergy & Sinus Centers told BGR in a statement.

“They can cause a wide range of reactions including itching, eczema, hives, and potentially, if someone is allergic enough, can lead to anaphylaxis. Patients trust labels. They learn to read labels. Salad kits have a bunch of stuff added to them besides lettuce. They would read the labels to make sure they are safe. If it’s a mislabeled kit, it could be life-threatening.”

Fifth Season salad recall: The ingredients label of the Crunchy Sesame Salad Kits retail package.
Fifth Season salad recall: The ingredients label of the Crunchy Sesame Salad Kits retail package. Image source: FDA

What you should do

The Fifth Season Crunchy Sesame Salad Kits in the recall are still safe to eat if you are not allergic to milk or eggs. If you are not allergic to milk but are sensitive to it, you can throw out the dressing packet.

However, keeping food containing undeclared allergens in a household where allergic people live or visit is risky.

Fifth Season urges people to discard the product. The press release doesn’t mention refunds, but you can contact Fifth Season to inquire about it. Full contact information is available in the FDA announcement at this link.

Finally, you should contact your doctor if you’ve experienced any health issues after eating these salad kits. Meanwhile, the following clip should help you understand how food allergies can affect the body.

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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 brings his entertainment expertise to 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.