Parents whose kids have a wheat or gluten allergy, please check your cereal. On Monday, October 5, 2015, General Mills issued a voluntary recall of about 1.8 million boxes of cereal. The recall involved the original gluten-free Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios.
In July, flour was “inadvertently introduced” to the gluten-free oat flour system in an isolated incident at the company’s Lodi, CA facility. The incident affected four days of production of Cheerios and 13 days of production of Honey Nut Cheerios.
The recalled cereal boxes have the plant code “LD.” The Cheerios have “better if used by” dates ranging from July 14 to July 17, 2016, and the Honey Nut Cheerios have “better if used by” dates ranging from July 12 to July 25, 2016.
General Mills posted on its website that it wants to assure consumers “that this was an isolated incident” and that it has “implemented a solution to ensure that this will not happen again.”
Individuals with food allergies can be exposed to food allergens through various ways. One of the ways is when a food product contains a food allergen when it is not supposed to, like what happened in the recent cereal recall. Something happened at the manufacturing stage which caused a product to now contain a food allergen.
Another way individuals with food allergies may be exposed to a food allergen is at a restaurant. A customer who has a peanut allergy may be accidentally exposed to peanuts due to the restaurant’s negligence. For instance, despite knowing that a customer has a peanut allergy, the server forgets to ask the chef if the dish the customer orders has peanuts in it. Though the menu does not list peanuts as one of the ingredients in the dish, it is cooked in peanut oil. When the customer eats the dish, he starts to have an allergic reaction and goes into anaphylactic shock.
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In such a case, the customer has legal rights against the restaurant. Even consumers who suffer allergic food reactions after ingesting a food product that contains a food allergen due to a manufacturing mistake also have legal rights.
If you or a loved one suffered a severe allergic reaction or anaphylaxis due to accidental exposure in Pennsylvania or New Jersey, call the food allergy lawyers at White and Williams LLP to schedule a FREE consultation. 877.944.8396
*Source: www.blog.generalmills.com (General Mills announces recall of certain boxes of Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios)
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