Store Brand Cereal Recalled After Deemed Dangerous for Peanut Allergy Sufferers

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October 09, 2017Oct 09, 2017

Peanut allergies are nothing to take lightly. The reaction a sufferer can have can be so severe and so easily triggered that some schools have banned peanut butter entirely, and airline flights with a declared sufferer onboard do not generally serve peanuts.

Allergy specialist Dr. Anthony Ham Pong says having a reaction to airborne peanut particles is very rare, though, according to Allergic Living. But eating something with peanuts in it — or somehow getting it in your eyes — is certainly a major issue. If an allergy sufferer does consume peanuts, it can cause them to go into anaphylactic shock and stop breathing.

That’s why Whole Foods has issued a recall for one of their store brand cereals. Apparently, one of their cereals containing peanuts accidentally got put into a box that does not have peanuts listed in its ingredients.

365 Everyday Value Peanut Butter & Cocoa Balls cereal was found in a box labeled 365 Everyday Value Organic Raisin Bran, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Upon discovery, all the affected boxes were removed from store shelves.

The product has also been taken off Amazon.com, where it’s sold via Amazon’s new partnership with Whole Foods. How do you know if you have one of the affected boxes?

Check for a “best by” date of June 4, 2018, and the UPC code 9948243903. Thankfully, there have been no reported allergic reactions yet.

If you purchased this product in the store, you can return it with a receipt for a full refund. If you bought it online, await an email with instructions on what to do with it. Customers can call 1-844-936-8255 if they have questions.

Fortunately, if peanut allergy sufferers do accidentally consume peanuts, most of them will not go into anaphylactic shock, according to the Allergist. Common reactions involve a runny nose, itchy mouth, hives, or nausea. For more severe reactions, allergy sufferers will often carry an epinephrine auto-injector (EpiPen) on them to help offset the reaction with a shot of adrenaline.

Let your friends and family know about the recall! In other news, a state of emergency has been declared in California after a fire decimates a community.

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