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Recall Issued for Undeclared Allergies on Fish Product

Superior Foods Company of Grand Rapids Michigan issued a recall for its Lemon Pepper Marinated Catfish and Cajun Style Catfish because of missing information on potential allergens. The lemon pepper catfish contains undeclared soy and FD&C Yellow #5 (also known as Tartrazine). The Cajun catfish has undeclared soy products. The presence of these products may trigger severe allergies to susceptible consumers.

Tartrazine is an azo class dye used for food coloring. It appears to cause the most allergic reactions of all that class of dye, especially among people with asthma and those intolerant of aspirin products. Some of the reactions people with allergies may experience include:

  • Anxiety
  • Migraines
  • Depression
  • Blurry vision
  • Shortness of breath

The only real defense against Tartrazine is to avoid ingestion and even contact with the product. Mislabeled products can lead to adverse medical conditions.

Soy allergies are one of the top eight food allergies in children and adults and labeling requirements mandate that the presence of soy must be declared. The most severe reactions may lead to anaphylactic shock and even death. Other typical reactions, such as:

  • Hives
  • Shortness of breath
  • Itching

Like Tartrazine, avoidance is the best way to prevent adverse reactions to soy, making proper labeling a life or death issue for some people. Contact the company at 616-541-2137 to find out how to return the product for a refund.

If you or a loved one suffered any adverse or allergic reactions due to the mislabeling of either of these fish products, please contact the experienced product liability attorneys at Schlichter, Bogard & Denton, LLP.

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