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A new school of thought: treating food allergies with food

Peanut Allergies 2Food allergies are frightening – not only for the children and adults who those allergies affect, but for the caregivers of those people, as well. FoodFacts.com continually hears stories from our community describing the life-threatening effects of food allergies on their loved ones. No matter how vigilant a person with food allergies ever is and no matter how vigilant the parent of a child with food allergies ever is … they will, to a certain extent, always be in the position of having to monitor the world around them. And that world isn’t always as allergy friendly as friends and family.   There’s a new school of thought for prevention and treatment.  Treating food allergies with food.

One bite can be enough to cause symptoms such as itching, vomiting, diarrhea, or a tightening of the throat — the tell-tale signs of an allergy.

Food allergies have been on the rise in recent years and are currently estimated to affect up to eight percent of children worldwide, according to the World Allergy Organization.

Numbers are greatest in industrialized countries. In the U.S. alone, 4 million children reportedly suffered from food allergies in 2014.

Now, researchers at Kings College London are investigating a way to prevent food allergies — using food.

Until now, the common advice given to those suffering from allergies has been simply to steer clear of their dreaded food item.

“For decades we have been focusing on avoidance and that didn’t seem to work,” says Gideon Lack, Professor of Pediatric allergy at Kings College London.

Lack believes avoidance may in fact have fueled the problem.

“Active avoidance of food allergens in baby’s diets did not protect them from developing food allergies, and may even have contributed to the large increase we’ve seen,” says Lack.

With his patients, Lack has seen the frustrations of both parents and children living with food allergies over the years and has now set his sights on curing, rather than managing the condition.

In previous studies, Lack worked with other experts in the field to investigate the impact of feeding peanuts to children at higher risk of allergies. The studies were part of the Learning Early About Peanut Allergy (LEAP) trial and found that feeding six grams of peanut protein to children from 4 months of age led to significant reductions in the rates of peanut allergy.

The theory behind this is that exposure enables a child’s immune system to learn to recognize, and tolerate, the allergens rather than react to them, as it does with other organs and cells in the body.

Lack’s most recent study set the bar even higher and investigated the potential to use food to prevent multiple allergies at once, as part of the Enquiring About Tolerance (EAT) study. Infants from the general population were exposed early to six common food allergens– peanuts, eggs, milk, fish, wheat and sesame. The first three are estimated to account for 80% of all food allergies seen in the USA.

The study recruited more than 1300 infants aged 3 months old, half of whom were given up to 4 grams of each of the six food proteins, weekly.

Overall, the team found a 20 percent reduction in the rates of food allergy among infants exposed to the food allergens, which was not significant enough to suggest that the introduction alone was responsible, but did show that providing the food at an early age could be done safely.

Lack later discovered that many infants in the trial had not been consuming the required amounts of proteins — only 34 percent adhered to the regimen properly, according to Lack.

Among the group that did follow their instructions, significant reductions were seen including a 100 percent protection against peanuts allergy and a 75 percent reduction against egg allergy, according to Lack.

“The effects were greatest for peanut and egg, [but for the others] there wasn’t a high enough rate to make a proper comparison,” says Lack.

For now, the team do not recommend using the approach outside of a supervised trial, and advise parents to continue World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations in terms of food provision to infants, such as breast feeding, until further evidence is available.

The smaller, insignificant, impact seen in the study population as a whole highlights a key issue when recommending this strategy as an approach to allergy prevention — the likelihood of people following instructions adequately.
“Only one third of families actually complied with the protocol,” says allergy expert Hugh Sampson, Director of the Jaffe Food Allergy Institute at Mount Sinai.
“[This] reflects what will happen if this becomes a general policy,” he says.

The underlying science has been proven and will now need further research to understand the realistic quantities than can be used, and followed, to prevent future allergies.

Sampson’s team at Mount Sinai are investigating the feeding approach as well, but focusing on peanut, milk and egg as their targets and only among high-risk groups.

“You can design all kinds of treatment, but if people don’t follow them it won’t work,” says Sampson.

Experts in the field are now working to refine the treatment and discover its true potential.

“It could be beneficial for everybody, but we don’t have the evidence for that,” says Sampson.

While this would be a wonderful and natural approach to food allergies, FoodFacts.com can see this being potentially frightening to parents and patients alike. As the article pointed out even the best treatments won’t work unless people embrace them. We’ll be following this research to see what can be further understood about this treatment and its potential benefits for food allergy sufferers.

http://www.cnn.com/2016/04/07/health/feeding-to-prevent-food-allergy/index.html

Earlier exposure to peanuts may help decrease peanut allergies

Peanut Allergies 2If you have children, you know that there are certain foods you’re advised to hold off on introducing until after infancy. Foods like eggs and peanuts that so many are allergic to are great examples of this. Now a new study is illustrating that earlier exposure to peanuts may help decrease peanut allergies in children.

Peanut allergies are frightening for parents and can be deadly to the children they affect. Reactions can be as mild as a minor outbreak of hives to anaphylaxis and even death. Peanut allergies are not easy to manage for parents, schools or the children those allergies affect.

The concern is real. Between 1997 and 2008, the incidence of peanut and tree nut allergies nearly tripled, according to one published study.

Now, there’s a growing consensus about how to prevent peanut allergies in kids who are at high risk. This includes children with a strong family history of food allergies and those with eczema.

Last year, a landmark study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that high-risk babies who were fed a soupy, peanut-butter mush (starting between 4 and 11 months of age) were about 80 percent less likely to develop a peanut allergy by age 5, compared with kids who were not exposed.

“Giving peanuts very early on actually protected them from developing a peanut allergy,” says Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Previously, parents of high-risk kids had been advised to delay the introduction of peanuts.

Now, a new follow-up study involving the same group of children adds to the evidence that, contrary to previous advice, early exposure can be beneficial.

Researchers followed the kids for one additional year. The kids were between 5 and 6 years old during this follow-up period. It turned out, these high-risk kids’ tolerance to peanuts held up even if they stopped eating peanuts.

“A 12-month period of peanut avoidance was not associated with an increase in the prevalence of peanut allergy,” the authors write in the paper.

This is an important finding, because it wasn’t known whether the kids would need to maintain regular weekly consumption of peanuts in order to stave off developing an allergy.

“This new study is great because … it looks like the benefit [of early exposure] is essentially permanent,” says Scott Sicherer, a pediatric immunologist and allergy specialist at Mount Sinai Hospital. Immunologists will continue to study this.

Sicherer has helped develop new interim guidance based on the emerging evidence of the benefits of early, rather than delayed, introduction of peanut.

“There is now scientific evidence that health care providers should recommend introducing peanut-containing products into the diets of “high-risk” infants early on in life (between 4 and 11 months of age),” the consensus guidance states.

But that doesn’t mean all parents should just rush in with the peanut mush. The guidance recommends that “infants with eczema or egg allergy in the first 4 to 6 months of life might benefit from evaluation by an allergist” — before they’re introduced to peanut-based foods.

The evidence from the two studies together represents an important step forward in immunology, says Anthony Fauci. “It’s a very important proof of concept,” Fauci says.

And he says it’s possible that early exposure will turn out to be a successful strategy to prevent other allergies as well.

FoodFacts.com is happy to see research helpful in the development of strategies to reduce the instances of peanut allergies in our children. Peanut and tree nut allergies affect the lives of children in ways people unaffected may not realize because there may always be an incident hiding somewhere … a movie theater, a children’s party, the school lunchroom. While early exposure may sound frightening to some, increasing evidence points to this as a great possibility for reducing the incidents of childhood peanut allergies.

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/03/04/469237111/peanut-mush-in-infancy-cuts-allergy-risk-new-study-adds-to-evidence

News for people with peanut allergies: FDA advises avoiding cumin

cumin-and-corianderCross contamination is a big concern for folks with peanut allergies. Labeling has come a long way in alerting people that some products that do not contain peanuts may have been manufactured in a plant where other products are. And that makes the peanut-free products unsafe for those with this specific, sometimes life-threatening allergy.

Now, FoodFacts.com has just learned that If you’ve got severe peanut allergies, you may want to avoid more than just peanut products and other foods in plants manufacturing other peanut-containing foods.

The Food and Drug Administration has advised people allergic to peanuts to avoid cumin — multiple cumin shipments tested positive for peanuts and weren’t labeled as such. According to an FDA alert, people who are highly allergic to peanuts could be at risk of “a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction” if they eat the contaminated cumin,The Associated Press reports.

The recall affects more than spice jars, too. The FDA has recalled hundreds of cumin products, including spice mixes, soups, and meats with marinades that have cumin.

If you believe you have suffered a reaction to the contaminated cumin, you can file a report with the FDA.

If you or a loved one lives with a peanut allergy, this important information can directly affect you. Please keep this alert in mind when shopping and dining and stay safe!

http://theweek.com/speedreads/540173/fda-tells-people-peanut-allergies-eat-cumin

Tremendous cost of children’s food allergies estimated at almost $25 Billion!

FoodFacts.com has always been dedicated to helping those with food allergies determine what is actually safe for them to eat. Our website allows members to track their allergens and those of their loved ones and children for free, so that they can be alerted if a product they’ve purchased or are intending to purchase contains the ingredient harmful to them or their families. Children’s food allergies are, undoubtedly, the most concerning. They can range from mild to moderate to severe. And just this past summer, the death of a young girl brought the attention of our country to the importance of vigilance regarding food allergies.

Today we learned that children’s food allergies are costing the United States about $25 Billion every year in medical fees, lost work productivity and other family expenses. Childhood food allergies cost the United States about $25 billion a year in medical fees, lost work productivity and family expenses, according to a new study. The study comes from Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

Food allergies affect about 8 percent of children in the United States. Researchers noted that in addition to the significant costs related to our health-care system, food allergies create financial burden for families due to required expenses associated with special diets and the purchase of allergen-free foods.

The researchers surveyed more than 1,600 caregivers of a child with a food allergy. The most common allergies were peanut (about 29 percent), milk (22 percent) and shellfish (19 percent).

Annual food-allergy-related costs were nearly $4,200 per child, which works out to $24.8 billion a year nationwide. The national total includes $4.3 billion in direct medical costs and $20.5 billion in costs to families.

Hospitalizations accounted for the largest amount of direct medical costs, at $1.9 billion. Costs for outpatient visits to allergists reached $819 million, emergency-room visits were $764 million and pediatrician visits were $543 million.

Special diets and allergen-free foods cost families $1.7 billion a year, the study estimated. The cost of lost work productivity that occurs when caregivers take their children to medical visits is $773 million a year.

Researchers concluded that childhood food allergies in the U.S. place considerable economic burden on both families and the society as a whole. They emphasized that research to develop effective food allergy treatment and a cure is critical.

FoodFacts.com strongly feels that food allergy awareness is critical to our nutritional awareness. This new research adds a new dimension to that statement. Everyone involved in the lives of children has a responsibility to be sensitive to the needs of food-allergic kids. We all need to understand the devastating effects food allergies can have on the lives of children and their families and go out of our way to accommodate those needs. We hope that based on research like this, both the scientific and medical communities go to work on tackling this tremendous problem, which is obviously not just causing physical and emotional stress, but financial stress as well.

http://healthyliving.msn.com/diseases/allergies/costs-for-kids-food-allergies-estimated-at-nearly-dollar25-billion-1

The tremendous importance of food allergy awareness

FoodFacts.com wanted to devote this blog post in honor of 13-year-old Natalie Giorgi who tragically died on Saturday, July 27th from a severe allergic reaction to peanut butter while she was attending Camp Sacramento in El Dorado County, California.
The 13 year-old was vigilant about what she ate. Family and friends say that she always made sure that her food did not contain her allergen. She was educated and aware about keeping herself safe from her severe food allergy. Her parents were vigilant in educating her and keeping her safe.

The Giorgi family were vacationing at the popular Camp Sacramento. They had enjoyed their week together and on the last evening of their vacation, they attended a campfire with other guests. Knowing that there were snacks available in the lodge as after campfire treats, Natalie went in to help herself.

The lights in the lodge had been dimmed. There were three varieties of Rice Krispies treats available for the group. Sadly, Natalie had reached for a treat topped with icing. The icing had been prepared with peanut butter. She spit the offending Rice Krispy treat out right away and ran to find her mom to tell her she had tasted something containing peanut butter.

Her parents, Sacramento urologist Dr. Louis Giorgi and his wife, Joanne, responded immediately. Natalie’s mother tasted the treat and also detected peanuts. She gave Natalie Benadryl right away. They monitored their daughter, who at first seemed fine. But twenty minutes later, she vomited and began to have trouble breathing.

Natalie’s father administered an injection with an EpiPen, a device used to deliver epinephrine that is commonly carried by individuals with serious allergies. An EpiPen can ward off a sever allergic reaction, but this time it didn’t. Natalie’s dad used three EipPens over the course of several minutes before Natalie stopped breathing.

Natalie’s parents are reaching out to others in their grief, releasing the following statement:

“While our hearts are breaking over the tragic loss of our beautiful daughter Natalie, it is our hope that others can learn from this and realize that nut and food allergies are life threatening. Caution and care for those inflicted should always be supported and taken.”

Dr. and Mrs. Giorgi and Natalie, this blog is for you.

Peanuts are the most prevalent allergen in food allergic children, followed by milk and shellfish, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. Reactions could range from minor irritation to life-threatening anaphylaxis, a dangerous immune system reaction that requires immediate treatment with an EpiPen and trip to the emergency room. Symptoms can include skin reactions like hives, redness or swelling or itching and tingling in the mouth and throat, digestive problems like diarrhea, cramps or vomiting, tightening of the throat, shortness of breath and runny nose.

It’s not just peanut-allergy afflicted children and their parents that need to be aware and vigilant, it’s also everyone that they come in contact with. There’s a reason there are peanut free tables in school cafeterias. And there’s a reason that buffet tables in restaurants often put a tent card next to desserts that contain peanuts … as well as a reason that many food manufacturers have voluntarily labeled products that are produced in facilities that also manufacture foods containing peanut ingredients. Parents and children can be as vigilant as possible, but as this tragic situation proves, they really do need a little help, because spitting out the offending food item isn’t enough to prevent a tragedy sometimes.

So FoodFacts.com feels that this is an appropriate time to remind our community that  if you’re preparing snacks for your child’s class, or you’re having people to your home for dinner, or you’re bringing a dish to a potluck, it’s worth asking if anyone has any specific food allergies and preparing foods accordingly. It’s a small part we can all play in helping children – and adults – stay safe from potentially life threatening situations. Natalie and her loving family and friends will appreciate our efforts.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-204_162-57596190/13-year-old-dies-at-sacramento-camp-from-peanut-allergy-despite-receiving-medicine/

If you’ve got food allergies, you may soon be able to find allergens in food with your smart-phone!

FoodFacts.com knows firsthand how many people in our population are affected by food allergies. Peanuts, dairy, soy, dairy, wheat … the list goes on. It’s such a serious issue – especially for our children. And, we know that it’s entirely possible that foods you think are safe and do not contain your allergens can actually fool you in the worst possible way.

Today we read about a marvelous new piece of technology that we wanted to share with our community. Coming out of the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied science is a new device called the iTube. This new technology attaches to a smart-phone and can detect allergens in food samples. It uses the phone’s camera and works with a smart-phone app that runs a test that actually boasts the same level of sensitivity as a common lab test. It’s pretty amazing.

Because food allergies can be life-threatening and because even though there are labeling laws regarding common food allergens, research into products like this one have been ongoing. Cross-contaminations can still occur during processing, manufacturing and transportation. The products that have been developed to date have been large and complicated, they haven’t been embraced at all. Using them in common settings has been burdensome and discouraged their use by consumers.

Understanding the need for an accurate product that would accomplish the same goals, the researchers set out to address these issues by creating a product that could easily work for the food allergic population. The iTube weighs just two ounces and is designed to test the allergen concentration of foods through a test called a colorimetric assay.

The user grinds up the food in question and mixes it in a test tube with hot water and a special solvent. After letting the mixture set for a few minutes, the user follows a procedure to ready the sample for testing. The sample is then measured for the concentration of the allergen through the iTube. The iTube and iTube app take the process one step further for users. Instead of just a yes or no regarding whether or not the allergen is present, it actually tells the user how much of that allergen is present.

While the product has been successfully tested, it isn’t yet available for consumers. But it does appear that it’s headed our way. FoodFacts.com will keep our community updated on the progress made in bringing it to market. We’d love for you to be among the first to know when you can try it for yourself! Meanwhile, you can read more here:
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/12/121212205 920.htm

Can gradual exposure help eliminate food allergies?

FoodFacts.com is very sensitive to members of our community experiencing the effects of food allergies. We know – on the lower end of the scale – how frustrating it can be to not be able to eat the simple foods others are able to enjoy. And on the higher end of that same scale, the very real danger that exists from being exposed to even minor amounts of the allergen. It’s a difficult situation. And folks are constantly bombarding allergy sufferers and their family members with non-medical, unproven advice.

Especially when those well-meaning people are suggesting that you expose yourself or your allergic loved one to the very substance that provokes the allergy in the first place.
But there is new research emerging that is suggesting that those annoying suggestions may actually carry some amount of truthfulness. Treating food allergies through oral immunotherapy might actually improve tolerance to the specific food allergen and decrease the severity of the allergic reaction. It does sound somewhat crazy and scary, especially if the allergy sufferer is a child.

But that’s exactly the group that this study explored. 55 children, between the ages of five and eleven, who had mild to moderate allergies to eggs were the focus. They were each exposed to either egg-white powder or a cornstarch placebo mixed into their daily diets. The amounts of egg white or placebo were continually increased each day over a three years. After about 10 months, over half of the children were able to tolerate a little more than half an egg’s worth of egg-white powder with no allergic reactions. After 22 months, three-quarters of the children consuming the egg-white powder could now ingest up to 10 grams (about a whole egg). At the conclusion of the study 11 of the children were considered to be allergy free and were capable of eating eggs whenever they wanted to without experiencing any reactions.

It is unclear from the results of this study whether or not the oral immunotherapy was the sole cause of the improvements noted in food allergies. Food allergies in children are often outgrown completely or can improve over time, with reactions decreasing in frequency and severity. It’s also of the utmost importance to note that severely allergic children were not studied during this research.

While proving the efficacy of oral immunotherapy for people with food allergies would mean tremendously positive lifestyle changes for the food allergic among us, the concept is still somewhat frightening and dangerous.  While FoodFacts.com hopes to see more research and hear agreement amongst doctors that there will be oral immunotherapy programs prescribed under strict physician’s supervision, we’re still in favor of food avoidance and diet adjustment.

You can read more here: http://www.medpagetoday.com/allergyimmunology/allergy/33816

India sues Monsanto for “Biopiracy”

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Foodfacts.com brings to you the latest in genetic engineering. Just recently, India has decided to fight against major agribusiness, Monsanto, after the company allegedly genetically modified an eggplant crop without consent. India is considering this as “biopiracy”, and not backing down from this fight. Check it out below!

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Add a new word to your lexicon: Biopiracy.

That’s what U.S.-based agribusiness giant Monsanto has been accused of in India, where the government is planning to charge the company with violating the country’s biodiversity laws over a genetically modified version of eggplant.eggplant

In doing so, India has placed itself at the focal point of the movement to challenge genetically modified crops, which opponents say are destroying traditional crops and threatening farmers’ livelihoods.

“This can send a … message to the big companies [that] they are violating the laws of the nation,” K.S. Sugara of the Karnataka Biodiversity Board told France 24 (see video below). “It is not acceptable … that the farmers in our communities are robbed of the advantage they should get from the indigenous varieties.”

India announced last month it is pursuing charges against Monsanto for “stealing” an indigenous crop — eggplant — and using it to create a modified version without permission, a violation of India’s decade-old Biological Diversity Act. It’s the first prosecution of a company for the act of “biopiracy” in the country, and possibly the world.

At the heart of the issue is the phenomenon of the commercialization of indigenous knowledge. Indian farmers argue that they developed the strains of eggplant grown in India over generations, and Monsanto has no right to come in and build a product out of their own indigenous species.

Monsanto took locally-grown eggplant “without any conformance with the biological diversity act, and therefore it is biopiracy,” said Leo Saldanha, director of the Environmental Support Group, an Indian NGO. Saldanha filed the initial complaint that prompted India to pursue charges.

It is not actually illegal to develop GM foods from indigenous crops in India, but the the government placed a moratorium on eggplant development last year after an outcry from farmers. It’s this moratorium that Monsanto is accused of breaking.

However, in the month since the government announced it intends to file charges, no actual charges have been laid. France24 correspondent Vikram Singh said India may be coming under pressure from Monsanto and other multinationals not to pursue the case.

But Singh said government officials insist they are simply taking their time to build a water-tight case.

Farmers’ opposition to Monsanto and genetically modified crops in India goes back to before the eggplant controversy, and traces its roots at least partly to an earlier controversy about genetically modified cotton.

After successfully introducing GM cotton to India, Monsanto was besieged by bad publicity when a failed crop allegedly caused farmers to commit suicide. Crop failures are common in India, but when the GM cotton crop failed, the farmers growing it were saddled with enormous debt.

By some counts, the suicide toll related to GM crop failure is in the hundreds of thousands, though some observers have challenged that notion.

The company has also been accused of using child labor in its cotton seed production operations.

Monsanto has largely refused to comment to the media about the eggplant controversy, but France24 reported that the company is blaming its Indian sub-contractor for the unauthorized use of eggplant species.

France 24’s Singh said the case “will have ramifications beyond this incident. … It’s hugely important because how they handle this will set precedent for cases in the future.”

The stakes for Monsanto are huge. Besides cotton and eggplant, the company sees an enormous potential market for genetically modified corn in India. The St. Louis-based firm’s sales in India have been growing rapidly in recent years and now stand at around $7 billion per year.

Food Recall: Mrs. Freshley’s Cereal Bars

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 4, 2011 – Flowers Foods is voluntarily recalling the following Mrs. Freshley’s multipack cereal bars, labeled in English/French for Canadian distribution, because they may contain undeclared non-fat dry milk. People who have allergies to dairy products run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. No illnesses have been reported to date.

Mrs. Freshley’s Canadian Label Apple Cinnamon Fruit and Pastry Cereal Bars, UPC 072250002400

Mrs. Freshley’s Canadian Label Blueberry Fruit and Pastry Cereal Bars, UPC 072250002387

Mrs. Freshley’s Canadian Label Strawberry Fruit and Pastry Cereal Bars, UPC 072250002363

The recalled product involves the following distribution:

In Canada: To food and convenience stores in Quebec and Ontario provinces

In U.S: To discount stores nationwide in the dual-language (French/English) multipack carton

The recall was initiated after Flowers discovered that product containing non-fat dry milk was distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of milk, and that product labeled for sale and distribution in Canada was sold for distribution in the U.S.

Much of the product involved has been contained within the distribution system. Out of an abundance of caution, Flowers issued the voluntary recall and is advising its trade customers to withdraw these products from sale. The company is in the process of recovering the product involved and is in contact with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) to ensure the continued safety of those consumers who may be impacted by this issue. The company also has reported the recall to the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network.

Canadian and U.S. consumers who have purchased the dual-language (English/French) labeled Mrs. Freshley’s cereal bars with the UPC codes noted are urged to return them to the place of purchase for product replacement or refund. No other Mrs. Freshley’s cereal bars are included in this recall; only Mrs. Freshley’s cereal bars in dual-language packages are involved.

Consumers with questions may call Flowers’ Consumer Relations Center at 1-866-245-8921. The center is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern time. Consumers also may contact the center via e-mail by visiting the Contact Us page at www.mrsfreshleys.com.

Soy Flour Recall!

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 4, 2011 – Thumb Oilseed Producer’s Cooperative of Ubly, Michigan is recalling 2623, 40 lb. bags and 360, 1500 lb. totes of soybean flour; in addition to 924, .08 ton loads of bulk soy meal because they may be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Salmonella can affect animals eating the product and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated products. Especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the product or any surfaces exposed to these products. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe or chronic illnesses.

Animals with salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and/or vomiting. Some animals will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy animals can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your animal has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

The soy flour was distributed in 40 lb. paper bags under the names:
Nex Soy (Lot numbers TF112310 thru TF033011) and
Soy Beginnings (Product Code 285100-NFB; Lot numbers TF112310 thru TF033011).
The soy flour was also distributed in 1500 lb. polyurethane totes under the name
Soy Beginnings (Product Code 285100-NFT, Lot numbers TF112310 thru TF082311).
The soy meal was distributed as .08 ton loads after custom processing with Lot numbers O011711 thru O081711.

The recalled soybean flour and meal was distributed to a limited group of wholesale customers located in Illinois, Vermont, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, New Hampshire and Canada. The shipments occurred in November 2010 thru September 2011. Thumb Oilseed is contacting these customers and taking necessary steps to protect consumer health.

No illnesses have been reported to date. The recall resulted from routine sampling conducted by the company and US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) which revealed the bacteria in finished product and the manufacturing environment. Thumb Oilseed is cooperating with the FDA in investigating the situation.

This recall does not involve soy oil products produced by Thumb Oilseed.

Consumers who have purchased 40 lb. bags of Nex Soy (Lot numbers TF112310 thru TF033011) and Soy Beginnings (Product Code 285100-NFB, Lot numbers TF112310 and TF033011); 1500 lb. totes of Soy Beginnings (Product Code 285100-NFT, Lot numbers TF112310 and TF092311); and bulk meal with the Lot numbers O011711 thru O081711 are urged to return them to Thumb Oilseed Producers Cooperative for a credit or a refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 989-658-2344 between 9:00 am. and 4:00 pm. EST Monday-Friday.