Food allergies are a concern to both the public and the company that produces the food product. Allergic reactions can range in severity from minor discomfort to being life-threatening. For this reason, any food product that could contain or have come in contact with a potential allergen must be labeled as such for consumer protection. California shoppers expect that the food products they purchase will be properly labeled so that they can make an informed purchasing decision.
Nabisco recently issued a recall of two types of Oreo Fudge Cremes because of a problem with the package labeling. These two particular types of cookies contain milk products; however, milk was not listed in the ingredient listing for the products. In addition to the continental United States, these cookies were shipped to Puerto Rico and two other Caribbean Island countries.
Consumers who are concerned about possible allergens are often very careful to review the ingredient listing of any product prior to purchase. They want to be certain that the product does not contain the allergen. Additionally, with some allergens, the product cannot have even come in contact with it. It has been reported that one individual has suffered an allergic reaction to this particular type of cookie.
Fortunately, the majority of companies are concerned about consumer protection issues. Whenever a problem is brought to light, they are typically quick to respond. However, prior to the problem being brought to light, it is possible that a California consumer will suffer as a result of the problem. If this happens, there may be legal options available to aid in the recovery process.
Source: al.com, “Oreo fudge cookies recalled for undeclared allergen“, Lucy Berry, Oct. 28, 2016