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Peanut contamination leads to massive food recall

Justina Huddleston is an editor and the head writer for TDmonthly Magazine. She has been a freelance writer for several years, though her real passion is cooking. You can see the recipes she creates on her vegan food blog, A Life of Litt...

Products as diverse as spice mixes and pork are feared to be contaminated with peanuts

At the end of 2014, Adams Flavors, Foods and Ingredients in Texas issued a recall of its peanut-contaminated cumin.

Since then, the recall has expanded wildly, as hundreds of products containing the tainted cumin have been included in the recall.

Fresh Food Manufacturing in Pennsylvania has recalled more than 35,000 pounds of chili products, Con Yeager Spice Company has recalled more than 500 types of its spice blends, Campos Foods in Tennessee has recalled around 5,300 pounds of chicken products, and MorningStar Farms has recalled its black bean burgers in Canada. Scarily, the list keeps growing.

Cumin is often used in Tex-Mex and Indian foods as well as in chili powder and barbecue spice blends. But it can also lurk under the umbrella term "spices," making it tricky to avoid — manufacturers aren't required to list all the spices used individually on product packaging.This is scary for the approximately 3 million people in the U.S. living with a peanut allergy, an affliction that disproportionately affects children, as the rate of this allergy has tripled since 1997.

You can see a list of the currently recalled products here, but if you or a family member has a peanut allergy, you may want to avoid cumin-spiced foods until the recall is over. If you have any questions about the products affected by the recall, you can contact the U.S. Food and Drug Administration at 1-888-INFO-FDA (1-888-463-6332).

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