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Cookie dough recall sparks concern for people with nut allergies

Both adults and children in California are being warned of a potential safety concern involving cookie dough this month after ConAgra Foods and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a recall for Kroger’s 16-ounce Break n’Bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. The dough was shipped to stores in 26 states, including here in California and could present a problem for people who have nut allergies.

According to the recall notice, peanut butter cup cookie dough was accidentally packaged into bags labeled as regular chocolate chip cookies. The fear is that consumers may inadvertently eat the dough containing nuts, suffering an allergic reaction as a result.

While some people only experience mild reactions to nut allergies, for others, these reactions can be incredibly severe and can even result in death if treatment is not sought. According to medical experts, these reactions happen because the body mistakenly identifies the nut as a harmful substance. In extreme reactions, a person can experience swelling of the throat, which can lead to anaphylaxis. This can significantly inhibit a person’s ability to breath and has been known to be deadly.

Although no reports of illness have been reported at this time, consumers are urged to return any dough that they think may have been mislabeled.

While it’s understandable that mis-packaging mistakes like this can happen, consumers also expect a certain level of safety when it comes to the products they buy. This is especially true for people with food allergies because what might be harmless to one person, can turn into a dangerous product for them. The hope is that no one will find themselves in a similar situation with this recall.

Source: KWQC News, "Cookie Dough Recall Due To Mis-Packaged Product," Jeff Whitten, Aug. 26, 2013

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