One lot of Korean BBQ Sauce is being recalled by Whole Foods Market because it contains undeclared peanut coconut sauce not listed on the packaging.
Bottles were available for purchase across the U.S. at Whole Foods Market stores, but all products have since been removed from shelves. Consumers who have tree nut or peanut allergies may be at risk of experiencing dangerous allergic reactions if they eat these products.
Peanut allergy symptoms can include skin reactions, such as skin swelling, reddening of the skin or hives. People may feel itchy or tingling in the mouth and throat areas. They may also experience digestive issues, including stomach cramps, diarrhea, vomiting and nausea. Throat tightening and shortness of breath are also common.
Facts about the recalled sauce:
- It was packaged in 12-ounce glass bottles
- UPC code: 9948244812
- Best-by date of October 19, 2017
The voluntary recall was announced after a grocery team member discovered that a lot of Peanut Coconut Sauce was mislabeled as Korean BBQ Sauce while receiving a shipment.
No illnesses have been reported in connection with the sauce mislabeling to date, but customers are free to return the product for a full refund. Questions and inquiries can be directed to Whole Foods Market at 512-477-5566 ext. 20060 between 9 a.m. CST (10 a.m. ET) and 5 p.m. CST (6 p.m. ET), from Monday to Friday.
Whole Foods first opened in 1980, with one store in Austin, Texas. It is now considered a leader in natural and organic food, with over 445 stores across North America and the UK.
“Whole Foods Market Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Peanut and Coconut in Korean BBQ Sauce,” U.S. Food and Drug Administration web site; May 11, 2016; http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm500589.htm.
“Peanut allergy: Symptoms,” Mayo Clinic web site, June 11, 2015; http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/peanut-allergy/basics/symptoms/con-20027898.
“Whole Foods History,” Whole Foods Market web site; http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/company-info, last accessed May 12, 2016.