Area farm issues recall over allergen labeling
by Nick Rappley | Patterson Irrigator
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By Nick Rappley

Patterson Irrigator

A Newman farm is facing a nationwide recall for their nut products due to what the California Department of Public Health is calling improper labeling.

Dr. Ron Chapman, director of the California Department of Public Health and state health officer, sent out a warning last week to consumers with certain allergies not to eat nine varieties of Nunes Farms products due to undeclared milk or soy allergens.

Those varieties include Spicy Cocktail Almonds, Maui Onion Almonds California Crunchies, Tangy Tomato BBQ Almonds California Crunchies, Crunchie Munchies Barbeque and Crunchie Munchies Fiesta Crunch for undeclared milk product use.

Undeclared soy products include Chocolate Dipped Caramel Chews, Mixed Caramel Chews, Almond Caramel Chews and English Toffee.

Maureen Nunes, co-owner of Nunes Farms, said Thursday the issue is with the use of products that weren’t declared. For instance, the milk products didn’t declare that whey, which was on the label, was a dairy or milk product according to an allergen labeling law passed in 2004 by the California Legislature.

Nunes would not comment further on the labeling issue, which was found during a routine inspection, she said.

Lecithin, a derivative of soy, was used as well, but was not declared a soy product; as a result, the recall ensued. Calls to Ron Owens in the office of public affairs for the CDPH were not returned this week.

Nunes Farms has issued a recall notice and is notifying consumers not to eat the products if they have allergy sensitivities. Consumers that have the recalled products should return them to the place of purchase. The recall was initiated after CDPH identified the labeling omission during a routine inspection of the facility. The products were distributed nationwide. No illnesses have been reported as of yet, according to the CDPH.

The concern, according to a release by the CDPH, is for people who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk or soy products. Those who are allergic to soy or milk run the risk of a life-threatening allergic reaction, anaphylaxis, which requires immediate medical attention should the items in question be consumed. Consumers who have experienced allergic reactions after consuming any of these products should contact their health care provider.

According to the CDPH, anyone observing the products being offered for sale is encouraged to call CDPH’s toll‑free complaint line at (800) 495-3232.
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