Do you or someone you know have a severe peanut allergy? You better pay close attention and make sure to share this with your loved ones.

This past week the Federal Drug and Food Administration began pulling thousands of products off the shelves of grocery stores nation wide after traces of peanut were found in ground cumin spice.

The recall has been ongoing since December, but only now has the media been made aware of it. Go figure!

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More and more retailers are coming out and identifying products in which the contaminated spice was used.

Luckily, recalls like these are not common but when they do happen they can cause serious and life threatening problems.

The problem lies in the American regulation of food labelling. You may be reading the labels closely, but there may be undeclared allergens lurking in the package that were never meant to be there in the first place.

According to the Food Allergy Research and Education group, 15 million Americans have food allergies and as many as 1 in every 13 child is severely allergic to a food.

American law regulates a detailed listing of the top allergens like peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, wheat, soy and fishes, but the law enters a grey zone when it comes to cross contamination.

Companies are not required to list if allergens are processed in the same facility or using the same equipment.

Texas-based Adams Foods Cumin Spice as well as Goya Food black beans have been taken from shelves in light of the cumin scandal.

A growing community of people are lobbying in support of legislation which would see that all manufacturers identify potential allergens in the processing of their products.

Article originally published on Huffington Post.

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