• The problem stemmed from an 'isolated error' in production and packaging
  • Allergic reactions to tree nuts can be 'serious or life-threatening'
  • Customers who have the recalled product may return it to get a full refund

A company is recalling certain pastry products because they may contain an undeclared allergen, which could be problematic for those with an allergy. The pastries were sold "exclusively" at Whole Foods Market stores in certain states.

The problem with the recalled "Boston Baking Mini Cinnamon Crumb Cakes" is that they may contain undeclared pecans, as per the company's announcement on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) website. It was a "Whole Foods Market team member" who found out about the issue.

"People who have allergies to pecans run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products," the company noted. "Subsequent investigation indicates the problem was caused by an isolated error in the company's production and packaging processes."

According to the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI), an allergic reaction to tree nuts such as pecans "can be severe." This includes the possibility of anaphylaxis, a "severe, potentially life-threatening" reaction wherein the immune system releases chemicals that may send the patient into shock. This is why those with allergies are advised to always have epinephrine at the ready.

So far, there have been no complaints or illnesses related to the issue with the affected Boston Baking pastries.

The recalled Mini Cinnamon Crumb Cakes were sold "exclusively" at certain Whole Foods Market stores in six states. These are New Jersey, New York, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut.

They were packed in clear, 3-oz (85g) plastic packs, and had a Sell By Date of 10/22/22-11/15/22, a Packed On date of 10/17/22-11/10/22, and the UPC (01)00238543000007(3904)0019900.

Those who find that they are in possession of the recalled pastries are being advised not to eat them if they're allergic to pecans. Instead, they could take the product back to where they bought it in order to get a full refund.

Those with questions may contact Boston Baking at 1-888-224-3548.

Tree nuts are among the eight most common food allergens, along with milk, eggs, fish, peanuts, shellfish, soybeans and wheat. On Jan. 1, 2023, sesame will be added to the list as the ninth major food allergen.

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