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Jan 04 2012

Winn-Dixie Issues Recall on Winn-Dixie Brand Italian Green Beans, Risk Of A Serious Or Life-threatening Allergic Reaction

Posted in Community Service, Nursing Home, Product Liability

Every day dietary products, like Winn-Dixie  Brand Italian Green Beans can result in consumer illness and poss serious problems ongoing health issues , says Alabama liability attorney Keith T. Belt

Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc., is voluntarily recalling Winn-Dixie Brand Italian Green Beans sold in the 14.5 oz can with a UPC code of 2114021236 and a best by date of Sept. 2014, due to a potential for in-shell peanuts mixed with the green beans. Individuals with an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction.

According to the Mayo Clinic, peanut allergy is common, especially in children. Peanut allergy symptoms can range from a minor irritation to a life-threatening reaction (anaphylaxis). For some people with peanut allergy, even tiny amounts of peanuts can cause a serious reaction.

Staff at Mayo Clinic recommends if you or your child has had a reaction to peanuts, tell your doctor about it. Peanut allergy is one of the most common causes of severe allergy attacks. It’s important to get even a minor reaction to peanuts checked out. Even if you or your child has had only a mild allergic reaction in the past, there’s still a risk of a more serious future reaction.

Symptoms

An allergic response to peanuts usually occurs within minutes after exposure, and symptoms range from mild to severe. Peanut allergy symptoms can include:

  • Skin reactions such as hives, redness or swelling
  • Itching or tingling in or around the mouth and throat
  • Digestive problems such as diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea or vomiting
  • Tightening of the chest
  • Shortness of breath or wheezing
  • Runny or stuffy nose

Anaphylaxis
Peanut allergy is one of the most common causes of anaphylaxis, a medical emergency that requires treatment with an epinephrine (adrenaline) injector (EpiPen, EpiPen Jr or Twinject) and a trip to the emergency room.

Anaphylaxis signs and symptoms can include:

  • Constriction of airways
  • Swelling of your throat that makes it difficult to breathe
  • A severe drop in blood pressure (shock)
  • Rapid pulse
  • Dizziness, lightheadedness or loss of consciousness

The recall is being initiated out of an abundance of caution for guest safety, though the company has received no reports of illness associated with product consumption. Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc., is one of the  nation’s largest food retailers. Founded in 1925, the Company is headquartered  in Jacksonville, Fla. The Company currently operates approximately 480 retail  grocery locations and approximately 380 in-store pharmacies in Florida, Alabama,  Louisiana, Georgia and Mississippi.

“We encourage guests with any concerns to return the product for a full refund, no questions asked,” said Mary Kellmanson, Winn-Dixie’s group vice president of marketing. “We are conducting a thorough investigation to determine the cause of the peanut contamination in order to prevent a similar incident from occurring in the future.” Consumers with questions about the recalled product may contact the Winn-Dixie Guest Service Center toll free at 1.866.WINN-DIXIE (866.946.6349). For more information, visit www.winn-dixie.com.