If You Have This Popular Sauce at Home, Don't Use It, FDA Warns

Don't drench your dinner in this tonight; the FDA reports it could cause an allergic reaction.

With its lockdowns and restaurant closures, the last year has been an opportunity for many of us to get more creative in the kitchen and recreate the dishes we normally eat at a restaurant in the comfort of our own homes instead. However, if you're planning on whipping up some of your favorite Southeast Asian food for yourself and your family, you need to check your ingredients ASAP. This week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported a product recall of several common ingredients in Thai cooking, mainly three beloved sauces. For the full details of this sauce recall, read on, and for more foods to steer clear of, If You Have This Seasoning at Home, Throw It Out Now, FDA Says.

The FDA's alert, posted on Feb. 9, relates to batches of Thai Peanut Sauce, Panang Curry Sauce, and Spicy Red Curry Sauce made by the Delicae Gourmet LLC of Tarpon Springs, Florida. The sauces in question come in 12-oz. glass bottles packaged with a green shrink wrap around the neck. The issue with the condiments is that all three products contain undeclared shrimp. Considering shellfish is one of the most common food allergies, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, eating the recalled sauces could potentially be putting you and your family at risk.

"The recall was initiated after it was discovered that product containing shrimp was distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of the shrimp," says the FDA notice. While no illnesses have been reported to date, the error—which was caused by a breakdown in the company's production and packaging processes—means that a risk remains to anyone who is allergic to shellfish and consumes the sauce unwittingly.

Nearly seven million Americans are allergic to shellfish, the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology reports. Within the crustacean group, it's shrimp, lobster, and crab that most commonly cause an allergic reaction, with symptoms including vomiting, stomach cramps, difficulty breathing, tightness in the throat, hives, swelling of the tongue and /or lips, dizziness, and confusion, among others.

The affected Delicae Gourmet products have the following UPC codes on the bottles: the Thai Peanut Sauce contains UPC code #643558406919, the Panang Curry contains UPC code #643558406711, and the Spicy Red Curry Sauce contains UPC code #643558406810. The sauces have various best by dates running from Mar. 1, 2021 to Nov. 8, 2023, but for the full list of batch numbers, check the FDA website.

The sauces in question were distributed to retail stores in the following areas: Springfield, Missouri; Crystal Lake, Illinois; Long Grove, Illinois; Palisade, Colorado; Colorado Springs, Colorado; Long Lake, New York; Sheridan, Wyoming; Venice, Florida; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Nassawadox, Virginia.

If you've got one of the affected bottles, put tonight's pad thai or som tum on hold, and return the bottle to your point of purchase for a full refund. Any consumers with further questions can contact Delicae Gourmet directly at 1-800-942-2502. Read on for more recalled foods that could be in your kitchen, and for one of the weirdest recalls to date, find out why If You Bought This Beer, You Must Throw It Out Wearing Gloves and a Face Shield.

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Bob Evans Italian sausage

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If you're saving some sausage in your freezer, you need to check the label before thawing it. On. Jan. 21, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), a department of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), announced the recall of 4,200 pounds of Bob Evans sausage due to contamination with pieces of blue rubber. To see if you have the sausage in question, look for a use/freeze by date of Jan. 31, establishment number EST. 6785, and lot code 0352 on the package. If you do have some of the affected sausage, the FSIS says to either throw it away or return it to the store for a full refund. And while you're cleaning out your kitchen, If You Have These Chips at Home, the FDA Says Check Them Immediately.

Food Evolution taco dip

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Just before the Super Bowl, on Feb. 5, the FSIS announced the recall of approximately 6,806 pounds of prepared salads and dips, including 31-oz. and 18-oz. containers of Food Evolution's taco dip with refried beans, chili, sour cream, cheddar, onions, black olives, jalapeños, and red pepper. The dips were recalled after it was discovered that they included meat that had not undergone the necessary federal inspection. "Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them," the FSIS advises. "These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase." And for more foods to get rid of right now, If You Have This Beloved Snack at Home, Throw It Away Immediately.

think! oatmeal

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If you've been on an oatmeal kick lately, there's one kind you need to avoid. On Jan. 28, the FDA announced the recall of think! Protein + Fiber oatmeal in Farmer's Market Berry Crumble flavor due to potential contamination with undeclared pecans or almonds, which pose a serious health risk to those with tree nut allergies. The affected oatmeal is sold in individual bowls with UPC number 753656711836 or a six-pack with UPC number 753656712338 and has a best by date of Oct. 15, Oct. 16, Oct. 19, Oct. 20, or Oct. 21, 2021. If you have the recalled oatmeal at home, the FDA says to "not eat them and [instead] return them to the place of purchase for a full refund." And for the latest recall news delivered straight to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter.

Bickel's Snack Foods popcorn

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Before you stick your hand into a bowl of popcorn in front of the TV tonight, you must make sure it's safe to eat. On Jan. 25, the FDA announced that a single lot of 8-oz. containers of Bickel's Snack Foods' Butter Flavored Popcorn had been recalled due to the potential presence of milk, an allergen that was not disclosed. The affected popcorn, which was sold at Georgia and North Carolina Publix supermarkets, bears the UPC number 70175 06021 and has a use by date of Mar. 29. If your popcorn matches that description, the FDA says to return it to your local Publix or throw it away. And for more foods to ditch, If You Have This Condiment at Home, Throw It Away Now, FDA Says.

John Quinn
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