(NationalUSNews.com) — The holiday feast is a feature of so many of the fall and winter holidays. People often plan ahead for their festive cooking and baking. They stock up on things they know they will need later, or there may be a great sale, and it just seems like good sense to take advantage of that and fill the pantry. However, sometimes there are product recalls that people may have missed, and yet the recalled products are already in their homes, waiting to be used.
Such may be the case for people who purchased Hy-Vee Turkey gravy, which had a voluntary recall just ahead of Thanksgiving on November 21st. A small amount of these products, less than 1%, were mislabeled and actually contain beef gravy instead of turkey gravy. While this may seem like a minor inconvenience, the beef gravy may contain soy, which is not indicated on the label. This could result in adverse reactions for people with soy allergies.
Soy allergic reactions can range from minor irritations to much more severe ones. Common symptoms of allergic reactions to soy can include itching, hives, eczema, a tingling sensation in the mouth, swelling of the lips, tongue, or face, wheezing, a runny nose, abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, lightheadedness, dizziness, trouble breathing, or fainting. In rare cases, a severe reaction could result in anaphylactic shock, which can be life-threatening.
The manufacturer of the recalled product, Seneca Foods Corporation, has recalled all of the affected Hy-Vee Turkey gravy that was still on the shelves, but it may be a good idea for consumers to check their kitchens to see if there may be any mislabeled gravy hidden there. The products can still be returned to the stores they were purchased at for a full refund. Details about the lot numbers can be found on the FDA recall announcement, and any questions people may have about the issue can be directed to the Seneca Foods Consumer Affairs department.
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