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CLEVELAND, Ohio-- Bimbo Bakeries is recalling three brands of its bagels distributed in the Midwest because they may contain peanuts and almonds which are not declared on the labels, posing a risk to consumers who are allergic to the nuts, according to a news release.
The recall began after the bakery, based in Horsham, Pennsylvania, discovered peanuts and almonds in one of the ingredients used in Thomas', Sara Lee and Jewel bagels. No illnesses have yet been reported, according to the company.
To see a list of the recalled products, check here. The bagels were distributed in Ohio, Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
Peanut allergy is one of the most common food allergies among children-- in a 2010 phone survey, 2.1 percent of respondents reported having a child with an allergy to peanuts, tree nuts or both. Peanuts are also the food allergen most commonly associated with a fatal allergic reaction called anaphylaxis, which can send the body into shock, according to the American College of Asthma, Allergy & Immunology.
About 25 to 40 percent of people who are allergic to peanuts (which are a legume) are also allergic to tree nuts, which include almond, cashews and walnuts, though some people are allergic to one and not the other. Symptoms of tree nut allergy include itchy mouth, throat, difficulty swallowing, runny nose, nausea, stomach pain, diarrhea and potentially shortness of breath and life-threatening anaphylaxis.
To make it easier for consumers with food allergies to protect themselves, the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 requires that food labels declare the presence of any "major food allergen," defined as milk, eggs, fish (e.g., bass, flounder, cod), Crustacean shellfish (e.g., crab, lobster, shrimp), tree nuts (e.g., almonds, walnuts, pecans), peanuts, wheat, and soybeans.
If you've bought the recalled bagels, you can return them to the place you purchased them for a full refund. If you have questions for the company, call 1-800-984-0989 at any time.
You can also find more information about food safety from the FDA here, or by calling 1-888-SAFEFOOD Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. eastern time.