If you shop at Meijer, then you might need to take a look at your recent purchases. The grocery chain accidentally sold mixed nuts with a little something extra. Read on to find out what happened.
Meijer’s store brand of mixed nuts, “Fresh from Meijer – Mixed Nuts with Peanuts and Sea Salt,” contained an undeclared ingredient that could be an allergen for some customers.
The packages contain Brazil nuts, a type of tree nut that could cause a serious or even life-threatening allergic reaction. Meijer admitted that they sold the packages of mixed nuts between December 5, 2019, and March 9, 2020, across six states:
If you purchased a package of mixed nuts from Meijer with the following sell-by dates, you should be aware that the mix might contain Brazil nuts.
Sell-by dates of contaminated packages:
These products have a UPC code of 7-1928380863-9. You can get a refund at your local Meijer. If you have any questions, contact Meijer at 800-543-3704.
What to Do If You Have an Allergic Reaction
You might not even know if you have a Brazil nut allergy; this tree nut allergy can develop later in life. In fact, it’s more common in adults than children. However, the allergy can cause a severe, life-threatening allergic reaction.
Symptoms of a tree nut allergy include:
- Stomach pain, cramps, and nausea
- Difficulty swallowing
- Shortness of breath
- Stuffy or runny nose
- Itchy mouth or eyes
- In extreme cases, anaphylactic shock
If you think you might have tree nut allergy–and 25-40% of people who have a peanut allergy will also develop an allergy to nuts–then you need to make a plan before something happens. Talk to your doctor about making that plan, including whether you need to carry an EpiPen. You might also need to carry instructions for what to do if someone needs to help you when you can’t help yourself.
If someone in your care does experience a severe allergic reaction, you should take steps to ensure they survive. Call 911 first, and then lay the person flat on their back. It’s important not to let them walk around, as that can make symptoms worse. If necessary, administer the person’s EpiPen.
While a recall of mixed nuts might not seem like a big deal, it can be a life-threatening danger to people with an allergy. Be vigilant about your health and always make sure to check your food–despite what it says on the label.