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Peanut Allergies-The Hidden Threat of Peanut Oil

Peanut allergies are on the rise and are very dangerous. Roughly 1 out of every 13 school aged child has a serious food allergy, and according to the CDC, the number of children with food allergies rose nearly 20% from 1997 to 2009.

Most kids with peanut allergies do not have life-threatening reactions to peanuts. However, for those with serious peanut allergies, ingesting or coming into contact with any peanut or peanut product can be fatal.

The symptoms of peanut exposure vary in intensity and include:

  • vomiting,
  • diarrhea,
  • hives,
  • swelling of the face/lips/skin,
  • asthma, and
  • anaphylactic shock.

Anaphylactic shock is a life-threatening, emergency situation which will require administration of epinephrine. Left untreated, anaphylactic shock can result in obstruction of the upper or lower airway and/or heart failure, leading to death.

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Peanut Oil - A Hidden Ingredient

Peanut oil is increasingly used by the food and cosmetic industry and can be found in many food and cosmetic additives. The following are some of the different types of additives which may contain peanut oil:

  • Calcium stearate is used in cosmetics, plastics, and pharmaceuticals.
  • Calcium stearoyl lactylate or sodium stearoyl lactylate are emulsifiers used in bakery products and may also be used in making icing, puddings, cheese products and more.
  • Glycerine has many uses and can be found in both food and cosmetics.
  • Lecithin is found in baked goods and dairy products.

In addition, restaurants may use peanut oil to cook or fry food, and in some instances, the restaurant might not be fully aware that it is using peanut oil. For example, a restaurant may use an oil blend without identifying peanut oil as one of the oils in the blend. This poses a hidden danger to a restaurant goer who has a serious peanut allergy. Simply alerting the waiter or restaurant manager about the food allergy might not be enough to avoid ingesting peanut oil. For those with a serious peanut allergy, this can be fatal.

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Peanut & Food Allergy Lawyers

If you or a loved one has suffered serious illness as a result of ingesting or coming into contact with peanuts or peanut oil, feel free to contact our food allergy lawyers for a free, no obligation consultation. 877.944.8396. Our law firm has the experience and resources to handle food allergy cases against food manufacturers, restaurants, and more.

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