San Antonio, Texas-based supermarket chain H-E-B has issued yet another voluntary recall of food because it may contain peanut allergens that were not declared on the label. This time, the recall targets several of their single serving soup products, as well as some soups served hot at their deli counter.
According to its press release, the company is quick to note that there have been no illnesses reported to date related to this precautionary recall, which affects several H-E-B brand soup products. They say they were notified by a vendor, Southern Style Spices this past Monday that one of the spice blends they use in their soups tested positive for peanut residue.
The specific products subject to this recall are the following:
- Prepackaged 8 ounce and 16 ounce sizes of H-E-B Single Serving Tortilla Soup that were purchased on or before January 6.
- Prepackaged 8 ounce and 16 ounce sizes of H-E-B Single Serving Poblano Corn Chowder that were purchased on or before January 6.
- All H-E-B Tortilla Soup and H-E-B Poblano Corn Chowder soup that was purchased from Deli/Prepared Foods Counter’s Soup Counter that was purchased on or before January 6.
This is the second time in a few weeks that H-E-B has conducted a voluntary recall for this sort of problem. Immediately after Christmas, the supermarket chain recalled 200,000 pounds of chorizo when they discovered that the company that supplied the spices used in that product, Adams Food Flavors and Ingredients, had also been tainted with peanut residue.
Nut allergies have the potential to be very serious, with allergic reactions ranging from a small rash, swelling or redness to the skin, to cramps, vomiting or diarrhea, and all-around gastrointestinal distress. More serious, however, is that peanut allergies are the most common cause of food-induced anaphylaxis, which is a potentially deadly condition, and which can only be treated one way; with a quick shot of epinephrine (adrenaline), followed by a necessary trip to an emergency room.
The signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis can include severe airway constriction due to a pronounced swelling in the throat, as well as dizziness, loss of consciousness, a racing pulse, or a significant blood pressure spike.
If you or a loved one has a peanut allergy and you purchased one of these soups, please either throw out the soup or take it back to the store for a refund, as H-E-B is requesting. If anyone in your family has been made ill by an improperly labeled food product, the lawyers at Hill Law Firm know exactly what t do, to get those responsible to pay attention to your situation. Please contact the Texas Food Poisoning Injury Lawyers at Hill Law Firm immediately, so that we can protect your rights.