FDA Consumer Advice on Products Containing Ground Cumin with Undeclared Peanuts

FDA Consumer Advice on Products Containing Ground Cumin with Undeclared Peanuts

Key Advice

The FDA is advising people who are highly allergic to peanuts to consider avoiding products that contain ground cumin or cumin powder, because some shipments of these products have tested positive for undeclared peanut protein. People who are highly allergic or sensitive to peanuts may be at risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction. Ground cumin may be sold as a spice, in a spice mix or kit, or as a minor ingredient when used in finished food products like soups and chilies. Most finished products are expected to have low amounts of ground cumin, and therefore low amounts of peanut protein. Products made before 2014 are unlikely to contain the affected ground cumin.

 

View a list of Recalled Products.

Who Should Know

Consumers with severe peanut allergies and those preparing food for people with peanut allergies. 

What to Do

Consumers with severe peanut allergies and their caregivers should:

  • Review the list of recalled products and avoid these foods. They include ground cumin, seasoning mixes, and a variety of cooking “kits” which include “Tex-Mex” and Indian dishes.
  • When choosing a food, review the ingredients panel. Products, such as soups or chilies that contain only small amounts of the affected ground cumin may not contain enough peanut protein to trigger a reaction in most peanut-allergic people. However, people who are highly sensitive to peanuts may consider avoiding products that list “cumin.”
  • Realize that if the ingredients panel lists “spices,” it may or may not contain ground cumin.  People who are highly sensitive to peanuts may want to call the manufacturer to find out if the product contains cumin powder.
  • Realize that if symptoms of an allergic reaction, such as shortness of breath, swelling of the lips, tongue or throat, or hives, occur, stop eating the product and seek immediate medical care or advice.
  • Realize that if an allergic reaction occurs, you can contact your local FDA consumer complaint coordinator. To find yours, visit: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Repo...dinators/default.htm.

Why This Advice is Important

The FDA is continuing to identify companies that received shipments of the ground cumin that contained undeclared peanuts and work with them to remove these products from the market. While this investigation is underway, the FDA wants consumers who are highly allergic or sensitive to peanuts to consider taking precautions with any product—not just those that have been recalled—that contains ground cumin. The FDA will continue to update the list of recalled products.

 

Recalled Products

DateRecall Information
February 13, 2015Goya Foods, Inc. Announces Recall of Kirby Brand Black Beans with Creole Seasoning and Goya Brand Black Bean Soup for Undeclared Peanut Protein
February 02, 2015The Spice Mill issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Peanut Protein in Ground Cumin and Cajun Seasoning Products
January 14, 2015NAC Foods Co. Issues An Allergy Alert on Undeclared Peanut Protein on Ground Cumin Product
January 12, 2015Zenobia Company LLC. Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Peanut Protein in "My Spice Sage Cumin Ground”
January 12, 2015La Flor Products Co., Inc. is Issuing an Allergy Alert on Undeclared Peanuts in “La Flor–Ground Cumin”
January 12, 2015Spice N'More Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Peanuts in Cumin Powder "Casablanca", "Salma", "Spice Class", "La Mina", "Leader Meret", "All Island Spice", "Key Food" and "H Harvest"
January 09, 2015Con Yeager Spice Company Issues a Voluntary Recall for Ground Cumin and Seasoning Blends (containing Ground Cumin) Due to Potential Undeclared Peanut Allergens
December 26, 2014Adams Flavors, Foods & Ingredients Issues Allergy Alert On Undeclared Peanut Protein In Cumin Products

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I'm a little confused whether there is an ongoing risk of almond cross-contamination in cumin. It seemed that almond dropped off the alerts, but it also appeared that part of the concern initially related to broad almond cross-contamination. Has there been any further information about that?

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