The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published a recall alert relating to undeclared peanut matter found in a ground cumin product. The ground cumin powder in question is called "My Spice Sage Cumin Ground" and affected packages include the 1 oz, 4 oz, 4.9 oz, 16 oz and 50 pound sizes. These products could contain peanut protein that has not been declared in their packaging. The recall was announced on Jan. 12, 2015.
Risk of Life Threatening Complications
Individuals who suffer from severe peanut allergies could have life-threatening complications if they come in contact with affected packages of "My Spice Sage Cumin Ground."
The affected packages were sold between July 1, 2014 and January 8, 2015. They are labeled with the following UPC codes: 00105001, 00105004, 00105000 and 00105016. The 50 pound package does not have a UPC code on it. All except for the 4.9 oz package, which comes in a plastic bottle, and the 50 pound bag, are in resealable plastic bags.
No Illness Reported Thus Far
Fortunately, no illnesses or allergic reactions have been reported relating to this cumin product. The cumin was distributed across the nation; however, it was only sold by mail order. Therefore, restaurants and households will want to be diligent to honor the recall and return affected items without using them. This could help circumvent serious injuries in anyone who might have a peanut allergy and inadvertently eats the cumin powder.
Consumers who contract a sudden illness or allergic reaction after eating a particular food product may have to be taken to the hospital for treatment. At the very least, their condition could require treatment from a doctor. These medical bills can add up and be very costly for a victim of a defective food product. If you or your loved one have been negatively affected by a bad food product, a viable claim for damages in civil court might exist. If the claim is successfully navigated, the victim may be able to obtain money to help pay for medical costs and other kinds of damages.
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