Chocolate Decadence will recall several of their chocolate products because they may contain undeclared milk. Anyone having an allergy to milk, or has a severe sensitivity to milk, runs the risk of having a serious or even life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. Symptoms may include hives, wheezing, vomiting, anaphylaxis and digestive problems, such as bloating, gas or diarrhea.
Chocolate Decadence is only one of several companies recently to pull products off the shelves that may contain undeclared milk. Earlier this week, Watkins Incorporated recalled more than 1,500 units of its individual 7.7-ounce containers of SoyNilla, because it contains an undeclared milk ingredient. This recall was initiated after it was discovered that it was distributed in a package that did not disclose the presence of milk.
Immediately prior to the Soynilla recall, Macro Gluten Free Chocolate Brownie Mix was recalled for the possibility that it may pose a health risk to consumers who are allergic or intolerant to milk. And even earlier than the brownie mix recall, Quaker Oats voluntarily recalled their 8-count Quaker Chewy Smashbar Graham Pretzel snack bars. Those recalled contained an undeclared milk allergen that was not noted on the label. Consumers who purchased the affected products should return it to the retailer where it was purchased for a full refund.
It is imperative that food manufactures properly label their products. By making these companies accountable for accurately labeling their product, individuals with food allergies can make an informed decision as to what to consume and what to avoid. This shouldn’t be that complicated.