In recent months, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been pulling hundreds of products with cumin in them from store shelves after traces of peanut were discovered in the spice, according to a report by CBS News. Retailers are scrambling to identify products that contain the cumin before it does serious harm to people with peanut allergies.
The regulatory agency has received at least seven reports of “adverse events” related to the cumin recall. Affected products include spice mixes, black beans, and meats with marinades. Consumers, especially those with extremely sensitive peanut allergies, are advised to avoid products with cumin for the time being, including most Tex-Mex and Indian dishes.
The FDA stated that most products with cumin do not have enough of the spice to actually trigger a reaction; however, those with the allergy should avoid consuming any products with cumin just in case.
The leading cause of food recalls in our nation, undeclared allergens have the potential to cause serious, even deadly, reactions, especially in children. According to nonprofit organization Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE), approximately 15 million Americans are afflicted with food allergies, including 1 in 13 children. Peanuts are among the most common types of allergens.
The FDA has not released any information on how traces of peanut have made their way into the spice or what company is responsible.
If you or someone you love has been affected by the recent cumin recall, you may be entitled to compensation for all related damages. Contact the knowledgeable Los Angeles personal injury lawyers at Kahn Roven for help with your claim. Our job is to fight for you!