San Antonio-based Texas supermarket chain H-E-B has issued a voluntary and precautionary recall for nearly 100 tons of H-E-B brand chorizo out of what it describes as “an abundance of caution,” because some packages may contain undeclared peanut allergens.
The recall covers three chorizo products, including:
- H-E-B Bulk Tray Pack Chorizo, with a Sell-By date between 11/4/2014and 12/28/2014
- H-E-B Retail Tray Pack Chorizo, with a sell-by date between 10/25/2014 and 1/4/2015, and;
- H-E-B Cryovac Pork Al Pastor, with a sell-by date between 10/31/2014 and 1/9/2015
The above products are packed by each store’s meat department, and come in a variety of weights and package sizes. The company notes that the recall was initiated when they were notified on Dec. 26, 2014 that peanut allergens may have been contained in the spice blend ingredients used in the chorizo, which was produced by a different company, Adams Food Flavors and Ingredients. H-E-B company officials note that so far there have been no reported illnesses and that the decision of offer full refunds to any consumer who has purchased these products came from a desire to “take every precaution” and to “ensure the integrity and quality” of the products sold in their stores.
Nut allergies can be very serious, with allergic reactions often happening within minutes of exposure. The seriousness of the reaction can vary widely, from a small rash, skin redness or swelling, to potentially serious abdominal discomfort and gastrointestinal distress, including cramps, vomiting or diarrhea. Peanut allergies are also the most common cause of food-induced anaphylaxis, a serious and potentially deadly condition that can only be treated with a quick shot of epinephrine (adrenaline) via what is called an EpiPen, as well as a trip to a hospital emergency room.
Among the signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis include everything noted above, as well as severe airway constriction due to significant swelling in the throat, but it can also include dizziness, loss of consciousness, a racing pulse, or even a severe spike in blood pressure.
If you or someone you love has a peanut allergy, please be sure to check whether or not you have this product, and be sure to either throw it away or return it to the nearest H-E-B supermarket now.
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