In the third such recall for roughly the same issue in less than a month, MorningStar Farms has issued a voluntary recall of some of their Spicy Black Bean Burgers and Chipotle Black Bean Burgers because the veggie burgers may include undeclared peanut allergens.
According to MorningStar Farms, this is a “precautionary measure, which they made” after a third party supplier notified them that one of the spice ingredients they included in their Spicy Black Bean Burgers and Chipotle Black Bean Burgers may have accidentally been contaminated with peanut, an allergen that is not declared on the ingredient statement for either product.
Within the last few weeks, Texas supermarket chain H-E-B has conducted two recalls – one just after Christmas for chorizo and another earlier this month for pre-packaged soups – because they, too were notified by a third-party spice supplier that one of their ingredients may contain undeclared peanut.
The current MorningStar Farms recall includes the following retail products, which are sold in supermarkets and other retail stores:
- The 18.90 oz (8 ct) size of MorningStar Farms Spicy Black Bean Burger with a UPC Code of 2898971750 and a Use-by date between APR14 16 and JUN30 16
- The 9.5 oz (4 ct.) size of MorningStar Farms Spicy Black Bean Burger, with a UPC Code of: 2898939207, and a Use-by date between APR14 16 and JUN30 16
- The 38.10 oz (9 ct) size of MorningStar Farms Chipotle Black Bean Burger, with a UPC Code of 2898971674, and a Use-by date between MAR22 16 and JUN30 16
- The 50.80 oz (12 ct) size of MorningStar Farms Chipotle Black Bean Burger, with a UPC Code of 28989408654 and a Use-by date between MAR22 16 and JUN30 16
The recall also includes the following food service products, which are mostly sold to restaurants and other operations that serve food.:
- 8.7 lb cases (48 ct) of MorningStar Farms Spicy Black Bean Burgers, with a UPC Code of 2898949938 and a use-by date between MAR 24 2016 and JUN 30 2016
- 12.75 lb cases (4 sleeve) of MorningStar Farms Spicy Black Bean Burgers with a UPC Code of 2898931651, and a use-by date between APR 09 2016 and JUN 30 2016
- 9.75 lb cases (4 sleeve) of MorningStar Farms Spicy Black Bean Burger, with a UPC Code of 2898997765 and a use-by date between APR 20 2016 and JUN 30 2016
These products were distributed nationwide, including H-E-B and other supermarkets throughout Texas. The company is quick to note that no illnesses have been reported in connection to these products yet.
People allergic to peanuts can become very seriously ill. Many may only see a small rash, skin redness or swelling as a reaction, while others may suffer from serious gastrointestinal distress. However, a peanut allergy can also lead to food-induced anaphylaxis, which is a serious and potentially deadly condition that is only treatable with a quick shot of epinephrine (adrenaline) via an EpiPen, followed by an intense trip to a hospital emergency room.
Among the symptoms of anaphylaxis can include severe airway constriction due to severe throat swelling, and it can also lead to dizziness or loss of consciousness or a racing pulse, due to a spike in blood pressure.
If either you or someone you love are allergic to peanuts and purchased these products, throw them out or take them back to the store for a refund. If anyone has been made ill by these or any other improperly labeled food products, the lawyers at Hill Law Firm know exactly how to get those responsible to pay attention to your case, so please contact the Texas Food Poisoning Injury Lawyers at Hill Law Firm immediately, so that we can help you protect your rights.