Naturemost Laboratories Whey Power Recall [US]

US FDA RecallUS/Silver Spring: Naturemost Laboratories recalls some Vanilla Almond Whey Power due to undeclared almond nut, milk and soy ingredients as well as some Strawberry Banana Whey Power due to undeclared milk and soy ingredients, all known allergens. FDA: http://ht.ly/qlHzo

Direct link: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm372004.htm

Additional information:
The US Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) reports the following Nutritional Supplements are subject to this recall:

  • NatureMost Whey Power Vanilla Almond; lot numbers: 9950/3491, 9950/3636, 9950/3766, 9950/4011, 9950/4374, 9950/5025, 9950/5559
  • NatureMost Whey Power Strawberry Banana, lot numbers: 9954/3793, 9954/4043, 9954/4205, 9954/4861

The Whey Power was sold between 2009 and 2013. It was sold in 3 pound, 3000cc white plastic jars.

About Milk, Nut and Soy Allergies:Naturemost Labs Whey Power
For some people, milk (and milk products), nut (and nut products) as well as soy (and soy products) are a source of urgent, dangerous and potentially deadly, allergic reactions.

Due to modern food manufacturing methods, milk products may not “look” or “sound” as if they are derived from milk. Some examples of foods with milk proteins include artificial butter or cheese flavor; casein or caseinates; curds; ghee; hydrolysates; lactalbumin and lactalbumin phosphate; lactose, lactoglobulin, lactoferrin and lactulose; and finally, rennet (originally, ground calves’ stomach but more often now, by-products of genetically engineered bacteria, mold or yeast).

Likewise, groundnuts (such as peanuts) and tree nuts (such as almonds and walnuts) are a source of dangerous, urgent and potentially deadly, allergic reactions requiring immediate medical intervention. Anaphylactic Shock could occur in consumers who are allergic to almonds or other nuts within a very short time, potentially leading to severe injury and/or death.

Similarly, many foods have soy-based ingredients including edamame (soybeans in pods), hydrolyzed soy protein, miso, soy protein isolate, soy sauce, tamari, tempeh, teriyaki sauce, textured vegetable protein (“TVP”) and tofu. In addition, lax labeling laws in many countries allow manufacturers to use (but not declare) small amounts of soy in “artificial flavoring”, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, vegetable broth and others. Although levels of these allergens are comparatively small, they may cause dangerous allergic reactions, including Anaphylactic Shock.

Anaphylactic Shock could occur in consumers who are allergic to milk, nut, soy and/or wheat ingredients within a very short time, potentially leading to severe injury and/or death. If you suspect Anaphylactic Shock, call 9-1-1 or other local emergency number for immediate transport to a medical center.

If trained and an emergency kit is available, it may be appropriate to give an injectable drug such as Epinephrine (also known as adrenaline or adrenalin) to the affected individual. Trade names of these products include EpiPen, Twinject, Adrenaclick, Anapen, Jext, Allerject and Auvi-Q. Please note: even patients who are apparently stabilized should still go to hospital for emergency evaluation. Further treatment is often necessary.

You can learn more about food allergies from the US National Institutes of Health (“NIH”) at http://1.usa.gov/IZWUlm.

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