ConAgra Foods, with the approval of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, has issued a recall of Kroger of Kroger Break N’Bake 16-ounce chocolate chip cookie dough packages with a use-by-date of November 24 and a UPC code of “11110 85730” because they may contain peanut butter cup cookie dough which poses a danger to those with peanut allergies.
In Washington state, the Kroger Break N’Bake products are distributed at Fred Meyer and QFC stores.
So far, there have been no reports of illness or injury due to product.
Customers who purchased the cookie dough may return the product for a full refund.
Peanut allergy can cause a severe immune system reaction in .4-.6% of the United States population. The most severe reaction to peanut allergy is anaphylaxis (anaphylactic shock) which requires immediate medical attention and can result in death.
According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, peanut allergy is one of the leading causes of food-related fatalities.
It is rare for a lawsuit to be filed due a peanut allergy. Most adults read food labels and avoid foods with that contain peanuts or peanut oils.
Peanut allergy among children is quite common and reactions to peanuts can cause symptoms such as diarrhea, runny nose, shortness of breath, hives, asthma or abdominal pain to the life-threatening anaphylactic shock.
People with severe peanut allergy should carry an epi-pen. In a school or daycare setting, the staff should be educated on avoiding peanuts in foods provided to children and avoiding cross contamination.
Peanut Allergy Lawsuits
There have been several peanut allergy-related lawsuits in news lately:
In Michigan, parents of a child with peanut allergies are suing their school district after they say their son was bullied because he was identified as having peanut and tree nut allergies and children blamed him for being denied treats.
United Airlines is being sued after a woman suffered a severe peanut allergy on a flight after reassuring they would accommodate her allergy.
A Chicago school child died after a Chinese Restaurant that catered a school party used peanut products even though they were warned about the child’s allergy. The family in this case filed a wrongful death lawsuit.
Food Borne Illness Attorney
This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We are a personal injury law firm in Bellevue, Washington and we represent people who have become seriously ill due to foodborne illness or undisclosed peanut products in foodstuffs.