• George DeLallo Co. Inc. is recalling its Publix Bakery 20 OZ Holiday Cookie Platter
  • The affected products were placed in packaging that didn't mention pecans as an ingredient
  • Tree nuts are among the food items commonly associated with life-threatening anaphylaxis

A company is recalling its holiday-themed cookie platters in several U. S. states because they may contain "undeclared pecans." People with a tree nut allergy may experience a serious allergic reaction after consuming the affected product.

George DeLallo Co. Inc. is recalling its Publix Bakery 20 OZ Holiday Cookie Platter. According to the announcement posted on the FDA website, the company recalled the product after learning that the cookies with pecans were placed in packaging that did not indicate its presence.

"Subsequent investigation indicates the problem was caused by a temporary breakdown in the company's packaging processes," the company announcement said.

As the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI) explained, tree nuts such as pecans, almonds, pistachios and walnuts are among the eight most common food allergens among adults and children. Tree nuts are also mentioned in the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004, which means that products containing tree nuts must have this particular ingredient listed in clear language on the packaging.

Affected Products

George DeLallo Co. Inc. noted that the products affected by the recall were those distributed in Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia and parts of Florida.

"Publix locations in Florida counties Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, Broward and Monroe are NOT impacted by this recall," the company clarified.

The affected products are packaged in 20 OZ clear plastic packaging with UPC 41415 88690, lot W34326 and best-by date of 10/APR/2021. A photo of the affected product's packaging is available on the FDA website.

No illnesses related to the recall have been reported to date. Customers who have already bought the product may get a full refund by returning it to the store where it was purchased.

Those with questions about the recall may contact George DeLallo Co. Inc. at 1-800-433-9100 or 724-925-2222 .

Tree Nut Allergy

According to the ACAAI, tree nuts, along with shellfish and peanuts, are among the food items that are most commonly linked to anaphylaxis. A tree nut allergy is different from a peanut allergy since tree nuts are technically legumes and not nuts. However, the organization noted that about 25% to 40% of people who are allergic to peanuts also have a reaction to at least one tree nut.

Just like with other allergies, a tree nut allergy may cause symptoms such as itching of the mouth, nausea, diarrhea, abdominal pain, runny nose and, less commonly, anaphylaxis, which is a life-threatening reaction that may send the body into shock.

This is why people with allergies should carefully read the ingredients listed on products' packaging before consuming them. Other products that may contain tree nuts, albeit less obviously, include alcoholic beverages, sauces and even lotions and other cosmetic products that contain tree nut oils. It is also important to always have an epinephrine shot within reach in case of anaphylaxis.

Pictured: Representative image of desserts for the holiday season. Jill Wellington/Pixabay