Cookie Dough Recall: Peanut Allergy Danger Prompts Action.

ConAgra Foods has announced an immediate recall of one type of Kroger brand chocolate chip cookie dough, because some peanut butter cup cookie dough was inadvertently mixed in with the chocolate chip cookie dough in some packages. Consuming this product could result in a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction for those with severe peanut allergies

The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and it involves Kroger brand Break ‘N Bake Chocolate Chip cookie dough in 16 ounce packages. The packages being recalled bear the UPC code 11110 87530 and a Use By date of 24NOV13C21. The product package does not include a warning saying that the product contains peanuts.

The recalled cookie dough was shipped by ConAgra to  Kroger distribution centers and stores in 26 states, and sold in Kroger stores as well as Kroger chains such as Baker’s Supermarkets, Dillons Food Stores, Gerbes Super Markets, Food 4 Less, Foods Co., Fred Meyer, Fry’s Food & Drug, Jay C., Owen’s, Pay Less Super Markets, QFC, Ralphs, Scott’s, and Smith’s stores. Stores in Texas and Louisiana stores, which are in Kroger’s Southwest Division were not part of the recall.

To date, no illnesses have been reported due to consumption of this product, but a peanut allergy can be very serious.  Allergic reactions usually happen within a few minutes of exposure, and they can include hives, redness or swelling of the skin; stomach problems, including diarrhea, cramps or vomiting; and labored breathing. An allergic reaction to peanuts is also the most common cause of food-induced anaphylaxis, which 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.

The signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis can include all of the above, as well as airway constriction because of a swelling in the throat, dizziness, or loss of consciousness a quickening of the pulse, a serious blood pressure spike.

If you have a peanut allergy, you should return this product to the store. And if you or someone you love has been sickened, and you believe an improperly labeled product was the cause, contact the Hill Law Firm.

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