Quaker Oats Recalled Certain Rice Crisps Over Undeclared Soy Allergen

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Quaker Oats Recalled Certain Rice Crisps Over Undeclared Soy Allergen
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On March 1st, 2021, Quaker Oats recalled certain sweet barbecue-flavored rice crisps over undeclared soy in the product. There are currently no reports of illness, but anyone with a soy allergy or severe sensitivity could be seriously harmed by consuming this product.

This recall applies to 3.03-ounce bags of Quaker Rice Crisps Sweet Barbecue Flavor.

This recall includes 4,550 3.03 ounce bags of rice crisps, with a best before date of May 29th, 2021 which might contain soy despite the ingredient not being disclosed on the packaging. It should be noted that only the 3.03-ounce bags are included in the recall; other bag sizes are believed to be safe. This product was distributed in twenty-one states across the country. Quaker encourages consumers to return these products to a retailer for a refund if there is any chance they might have a reaction to soy in the product.

Soy allergies are common and can range from mild to life-threatening.

Soy allergies are one of the most common food allergies, and may start as early as infancy. However, many children outgrow this allergy whereas others may carry it into adulthood to varying degrees. Mild symptoms may include an itchy mouth and/or hives, whereas moderate symptoms can include swelling of the lips, face, tongue, and throat, wheezing, abdominal pain, and more. Severe allergic reactions or anaphylaxis to soy typically involve swelling in the throat inhibiting breathing, shock, drop in blood pressure, rapid pulse, and even loss of consciousness. Left untreated, anaphylaxis can be fatal.

Soy is a common ingredient in many products.

Soy can be difficult to avoid, as it can be found in everything from baked goods and processed foods to infant formula and even soap. Soy is derived from soybeans, a food native to Southeast Asia and now used all over the world in a variety of products. The health drawbacks and benefits of soy have been largely debated for years, aside from the fact it is a fairly common allergen.

Certain Quaker Oats Rice Crisps do contain soy, while others do not.

It is unclear whether or not soy was an intentional undeclared ingredient in the sweet barbecue flavored crisps, or whether the soy in the product was the result of it being processed in a facility where soy was used in other products. Regardless, even products that do not contain soy as a primary ingredient are required to warn consumers if the product was manufactured in an area where it could have been contaminated with the allergen.

So far there are no reports of injury due to the undeclared soy in the Quaker Oats Sweet Barbecue Flavored Crisps. However, if injuries do arise, Quaker Oats could be considered liable for any resulting damages. Food manufacturers have a legal responsibility to declare the presence of potential allergens in their food, protecting consumers from avoidable dangers like anaphylaxis.

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