The CFIA published the class three food recall on November 16, 2023, and is alerting consumers to "not consume recalled products to which you are allergic or sensitive." In this case, the affected President's Choice chocolate products are being removed from the Canadian marketplace as they contain almonds when the label does not indicate the presence of tree nuts.
Here are the details regarding the recalled food:
- President's Choice Milk Chocolate Covered Raisins | 908 g | UPC 0 60383 98203 4 | Best Before July 8, 2024
President's Choice Milk Chocolate Covered RaisinsHealth Canada
"The affected product is being recalled from the marketplace because it may contain almonds which arenot declared on the label," the recall page indicated. The recall was triggered by President's Choice and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency is currently conducting a food safety investigation, which could possibly lead to the recall of other products.
The CFIA is urging Canadian consumers to verify if they have any recalled grocery products. "Do not consume recalled products to which you are allergic or sensitive as they may cause a serious or life-threatening reaction," indicates the recall warning page.
While there have been no reported reactions associated with the consumption of the President's Choice chocolate, Health Canada listed the common symptoms associated with a tree nut allergy.
"When someone comes in contact with a food allergen or added sulphites, the symptoms of an allergic or allergic-type reaction may develop quickly and rapidly progress from mild to severe. The most severe form of an allergic reaction is called anaphylaxis. Symptoms can include breathing difficulties, a drop in blood pressure or shock, which may result in loss of consciousness and even death," the federal health agency said.
President's Choice Milk Chocolate Covered RaisinsPresident's Choice
Furthermore, a person experiencing an allergic reaction may have any combination of the following signs or symptoms, per Health Canada:
- Skin: hives, swelling (face, lips, tongue), itching, warmth, redness.
- Respiratory: coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, chest pain or tightness, throat tightness, hoarse voice, nasal congestion or hay fever-like symptoms (runny, itchy nose and watery eyes, sneezing), trouble swallowing.
- Gastrointestinal: nausea, pain or cramps, vomiting, diarrhea.
- Cardiovascular: paler than normal skin colour/blue skin colour, weak pulse, dizziness or lightheadedness, loss of consciousness, shock.
If you do have a recalled product, the CFIA recommends tossing out the affected items or returning them to the point of purchase.
This article's cover image was used for illustrative purposes only.
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