Multiple possible allergens were found in bagels distributed in several midwestern states, according to a recent release from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Several products under the umbrella of Bimbo Bakeries USA are being recalled since it was discovered that they may contain peanuts or almonds. This doubles the potential risk to allergy sufferers and makes labeling items correctly even more important to prevent injury for any affected individuals.
The release notes that the recall was announced because an ingredient used to make the bagels contained the offending additives. While there have been no reports of illness, the allergens could be present in three different brands: Thomas', Sara Lee and Jewel. The statement stresses that only the flavors listed, which include Everything, Onion, Cinnamon and Whole Wheat, are affected by the recall.
Another factor making a recall a necessary action is the number of states that the bagels are present in, such as Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, the Dakotas and Wisconsin. All of the products bear the Bakery Code 30088 and a "Best By" date between February 10 and 14, identifiers that the Administration highlights to make identifying these products easier.
As with many recalls, this situation shows the importance of putting ingredients in an easy-to-read area on any product, or leaving space for information to be added as needed. The lines of text and company logos used should be placed so there's enough room to accommodate all of the other lines of necessary information.
Whichever label is most appropriate for your product lines, a good approach for businesses is to find a professional label printer to make critical information stand out. Warnings that pertain to specific ingredients can be highlighted on packaging that is produced in-house, giving your company the opportunity to ensure customers stay informed.