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Undeclared allergens can lead to dangerous or defective products

West Virginia residents may be interested in hearing that a company that produces ravioli and other pasta products has recently issued a massive recall of nearly 40,000 pounds of pasta. Home Maid Ravioli Company, Inc. has reportedly allowed various ravioli and pasta products to be sent to stores lacking a professional inspection by federal regulators. In addition, these dangerous or defective products may be misbranded in that they contain allergens that are not declared on the label.

The allergens that may be included in the products include both whey and pork. Whey is a known allergen, and it does not appear on the ingredient label of the product. Pork is not considered a known allergen, but it is not declared on the label.

The products were produced between Sept. 18 of last year and Jan. 20 of this year. Some of the products include various sized packages of ravioli, ravioli with sauce, deluxe ravioli, jumbo deluxe ravioli, jumbo ravioli, ravioli seasoned with sausage and ravioli seasoned with chicken. These items were shipped to various locations in California and may have been further distributed to other areas in the United States.

At this time, there have been no reported adverse side effects associated with the consumption of these recalled products. In instances where there are undeclared allergens present in food items, consumers may suffer health issues. West Virginia residents so affected could experience an extended stay in the hospital, along with rapidly escalating medical bills. Depending on the amount of food that is consumed and the severity of one's allergy, serious and even fatal reactions are possible. A product liability lawsuit may an appropriate option in order to seek full financial accountability related to any medical consequences from ingesting such dangerous or defective products.

Source: foodsafetynews.com, "Uninspected Pasta Recalled due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens", Jan. 28, 2016

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