On March 19, the FDA issued a recall on 500gram (17.64-ounce) packages of Sesame and Garlic-flavored mixed Soy Bean Paste because they may contain undeclared peanuts. People with peanut allergies are at risk of serious, life-threatening allergic reaction if they eat this product as is or mixed with other ingredients.
Daesang America Inc. recalled Mixed Soy Bean Paste with sesame and garlic flavoring after the product had been distributed nationwide in retail stores and through online orders.
The following information is from the FDA press release:
The product comes in a 500 gram (17.64 ounce), Sage Green plastic package marked with Sunchang Ssamjang (Sesame & Garlic Seasoned Bean Paste; 참깨마늘 양념쌈장) on the top & front of the package. All dates of expiration fall under this recall coverage for this particular item. It is a product of Korea and was distributed from June 2012 ~ February 2013. UPC for the product is 880152435671.
Only a mild reaction to peanuts has been reported thus far. The packaging does not list peanuts as an ingredient in English. No products will be sold until the FDA determines the problem has been fixed.
Consumers can return the product to the place of purchase for a refund. The company can be contacted at 201-488-4010.
According to the Mayo Clinic, anyone allergic to peanuts will have a reaction within minutes of ingesting the nut. There may be hives, redness and swelling about the face, throat and chest. Itching and tingling may occur. Digestive problems will manifest later as diarrhea, cramps, nausea or vomiting.
People with more severe allergies to nuts may experience anaphylaxis. This is when the throat tightens, there is shortness of breath and a runny nose.