Once again American Pure Whey forgets to declare food allergens!

People who follow this blog know that I have very little sympathy for repeat offenders. A couple of months ago, American Pure Whey of New Bern, NC issued a recall because they forgot to mention the presence of milk and soy allergens on the product label. At that point I had ridiculed the FDA guidelines a bit because anyone who is lactose intolerant should know that whey is the watery substance that is left behind after the milk has curdled. However, the company should have learned that the presence of food allergens needs to mentioned on the label, irrespective of how painfully obvious their presence might be. The fact they had to issue another recall a little over two months after their last recall is just an indicator of gross negligence on behalf of the company.

The recalled product is called American Pure Whey and they are available in 2 lb., 5 lb., 10 lb., 20 lb. and 50 lb. containers and in food grade mylar bags. They were available in chocolate, cake batter, strawberry, “Cookies n Cream”, peanut butter chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon bun, mango, peach apricot, strawberry banana, rocky road, blueberry, peanut butter, and unflavored varieties. All packages that does not say “Contains milk and soy” are subjected to the recall. The company believes that these packages with incomplete labels were distributed between July, 2015 and September, 2015.

The issue was discovered by American Pure Whey during an internal review. They believe that the mislabeled products may have been distributed via retailers in AE, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, IL, IN, KY, KS, MA, MD, MI, MO, NC, NE, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, TN, UT, VT, WA, WI and WY and also to direct customers all across the nation who ordered the product online.

Lactose intolerance is a condition displayed by people whose digestive system cannot process lactose, which is a type of sugar that naturally occurs in milk. People suffering from lactose intolerance will display the following symptoms anywhere between 30 minutes to 2 hours after drinking milk or consuming a milk-based product.

  • Bloating.
  • Cramps in the lower belly.
  • Rumbling sounds coming from the tummy.
  • Gas.
  • Diarrhea; the stool can at times be foamy.
  • Puking.

The symptoms are not fatal, but they can be highly embarrassing, not to mention that they will significantly disrupt the sufferer’s normal routine.

Being allergic to soy is actually very common, and there are some estimates that state that almost 0.4% of children under the age of 10 are allergic to soy or soy-based products.[1] Although most children outgrow this allergy by the age of 10, there is a small minority that carry this allergy into adulthood. If you or a loved one is allergic to soy, the following symptoms will be displayed after ingesting a soy-based product.

  • Runny nose, accompanied by wheezing and troubled breathing.
  • Itchiness, swelling and hives, especially around the mouth.
  • Fever, which may be accompanied by blisters.
  • Stomach cramps.
  • Nausea.
  • Vomiting.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Conjunctivitis (pink eye).
  • In the rarest of cases, the sufferer may go into an anaphylactic shock. This may be fatal, unless someone is at hand to administer a dose of epinephrine.

If you are lactose intolerant or if you are allergic to soy and have had any of the aforementioned flavors of American Pure Whey, you should contact your physician right away!

American Pure Whey is saying that the recalled products are perfectly safe for those who are not allergic to milk or soy. However, customers may feel free to return the product to the manufacturer for a full refund. If you have any further questions or concerns about the recall, you may contact the company at +1 (888) 399-0580, Monday through Friday between 08:00 AM and 05:00 pm (EST), unless it is a holiday.