Undeclared allergens in recalled products in Canada | Recall Monitor

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Keep up with undeclared allergens

Every year hundreds of products are recalled for undeclared allergens. In 2019 so far there were 77 products that can put your health at risk. That is a product recall every 3 days.

How can consumers keep themselves protected? How can restaurants, cafes and food businesses ensure they are safe from contaminants in foods they serve? Just a few hours of delay might mean unknown exposure to these allergens.

The media and the government are inefficient in disseminating critical recall information to consumers. Often times it takes days or weeks before a major recall is announced by the media.

Consumers are asked to be proactive, but they are at the mercy of slow channels to receive important news. Some recalls aren't event mentioned anywhere except official channels.

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Recall Monitor can help you keep track of active recalls for allergens, keeping you and your customers safe.

Businesses can serve their customers better and avoid costly liability issues by protecting themselves against recalls on foods with undeclared allergens. Oversights can cause huge issues, like the case of a Quebec waiter arrested after seafood puts allergic customer in coma or the Man with nut allergy wins cheesecake lawsuit.

Here are some examples of common food allergens and their effects on those with allergies from Health Canada.

Eggs

In 2019 alone, 23 products were recalled because they contained eggs without any indication on the packaging.

Eggs are one of the most common allergy-causing foods for children. Learn why eggs are a priority allergen.

Peanuts

2019 so far had 17 products containing undeclared peanuts. Peanut allergy is one of the most common causes of severe allergy.

Eating just 1 product laced with it can cause itchiness, hives, swelling, eczema, sneezing, asthma, abdominal pain, drop in blood pressure, diarrhea, cardiac arrest and anaphylaxis. Learn why peanuts are a priority food allergen.

Wheat & Gluten

We saw 10 products that contained undeclared wheat and gluten this year. Those with gluten sensitivities are especially at risk of cosuming foods laced with gluten.

Exposure to it can lead to breathing difficulties, nausea, hives, bloated stomach, and an inability to focus. In some people, anaphylaxis, a life-threatening allergic response, can occur.

Learn why wheat and triticale are priority food allergens.

Milk & Dairy

There were 8 undeclared milk and dairy products recalled this year. Young children and even adults are at risk of getting exposed to these products. Signs and symptoms of milk allergy range from mild to severe and can include wheezing, vomiting, hives and digestive problems.

Milk allergy can also cause anaphylaxis — a severe, life-threatening reaction. Learn why milk is a priority allergen

Soy

This year there were 2 products with undeclared soy. Often, soy allergy starts in infancy with reaction to soy-based infant formula. Although most children outgrow soy allergy, some carry the allergy into adulthood.

Mild signs and symptoms of soy allergy include hives or itching in and around the mouth. Learn why soy is a priority food allergen.

Other Allergens

2019 alone had 17 products containing undeclared tree nuts, shellfish, sesame seeds, mustard, sulphites, fish and many more.

The list goes on...

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