Even after many years, it is surprising to me how many recalls there are on a weekly basis. Food manufacturers seem to mislabel and package incorrectly all of the time. I know that this is because it is difficult to keep track of many products and ingredients and mistakes can and do happen.
Last week there was a recall from See's Candies. One of their Heart-shaped Candy Assortments contained nut candies but the package had the ingredient list from another of their packages, so no nuts were declared. Just today there was a local recall of another Heart Shaped Candy box; it contained undeclared Peanuts and there was at least one reaction. Don't you just love holidays...ugggh.
There was also a recent recall of Cumin; it was contaminated with Peanuts. Whole Foods recalled thousands of pounds of prepared foods that used the spice. I have not heard of any adverse reactions; quick action seems to have prevented any health problem.
It's a good idea to get recall information sent to you immediately. The email or recall post may only have general information (such as Undeclared Allergen) but you can click on the highlighted text to get down to the details of the recall.
If you are interested in receiving Recall Email Notifications , go to
and subscribe to the FDA recall email list. You can also check the website at
You can also see photos of recalled items at the FDA flickr site:
FDA flickr Site
This information can be a little daunting at first, but it is so important to be informed. Also, share your recall knowledge with your friends on social media - everyone knows someone with a Peanut or Nut allergy. It can also be helpful information for people close to you who don't really understand how careful you need to be. Stay safe everyone!
Best, Chris aka Rebecca's Mom