This week, B&G Foods, manufacturers of Ortega and Las Palmas Mexican food products, issued a voluntary recall of a number of their products, after the company learned that some of the spices they purchased from a supplier contained peanuts and almonds. These allergens were not disclosed on the list of ingredients, and could result in serious health problems for those who suffer from nut allergies.
The products affected include a wide variety of products, including Ortega Taco Kits, Ortega Taco Seasoning Mix, Ortega Taco Sauce, Ortega Enchilada Sauce and a number of Las Palmas products, including Taco Seasoning Mix and Taco Sauce. However, a number of products are not being recalled, because they are not affected, including canisters of Ortega Seasoning Mix, Ortega Fajita Seasoning Mix, Ortega Fish Taco Seasoning Mix, Ortega Burrito Seasoning Mix, Ortega Chili Seasoning Mix, Ortega Chipotle Seasoning Mix, or Las Palmas Enchilada Sauce, These products are correctly labeled.
The products subject to recall were distributed to food service outlets and retail stores throughout the country, including Texas. Below is a complete list of all recalled products, including UPC codes, sizes and Best-by dates:
The recall was issued at the urging of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), after an investigation discovered that a spice supplier’s product had been contaminated with peanut and almond allergens. Once they discovered this, B&G Foods stopped production on these products and stopped using the supplier. The company is currently getting the same products from other sources.
Nut allergies are one of the most common types of food allergy, and often last a lifetime. The symptoms of a nut allergy range widely. In most cases, symptoms will include a mild rash or swelling and tenderness in the skin, itchiness in the mouth, throat or eyes, or nasal congestion or a runny nose. These symptoms can be controlled through the use of over-the-counter allergy medications. However, in some cases, the allergy can be more severe and lead to abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. In some extreme cases, exposure to nuts can lead to anaphylaxis, which can cause your immune system to send you into shock, and which can be deadly.
Those consumers who have purchased any of the recalled products listed above, especially those with nut allergies, are asked to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Those with a nut allergy who have consumed any of these products should see a physician immediately. If you or a loved one has become sick after consuming any improperly labeled food product, please contact the Texas Product Liability Lawyers at Hill Law Firm as soon as possible, because they know how to protect your rights under the law.