The stuffing for your Christmas dinner may trigger multiple allergies!

There is a lot that goes into making the traditional stuffing for your Christmas dinner. Wouldn’t it be amazing if all the required ingredients were assembled in a kit? Thankfully there are several pre-cut and pre-assembled kits available at the supermarket. One such option is Signature Cafe Traditional Stuffing assembled by Taylor Farms Pacific, Inc. of Tracy, CA and available at Safeway and Pak N’ Save supermarkets in northern California and Nevada and at Vons outlets in Fresno, CA, Clovis, CA and Oakhurst, CA.

However, if you are planning on hosting guests or family members who are lactose or gluten intolerant, or if they are allergic to soy, then we have some bad news for you. Unfortunately this kit contains items that have either milk, soy or wheat as one of its ingredients, which Taylor Farms Pacific failed to mention on the product label. The company estimates that there are approximately 190 cases of this product that suffer from this labeling oversight. The company has not stated what may have caused this issue or how the mistake was discovered.

The recalled product is called Signature Cafe Traditional Stuffing and they are packed in 39 oz. plastic containers, they have a UPC Code of 21130-08320, Use By Date of 12/26/2015 and a Lot Code of TFPV351.

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.

Celiac disease or gluten intolerance has only been very recently recognized as a valid medical condition, although it is still hotly debated in the medical community. People suffering from this affliction are unable to process gluten, a combination of gliadin and glutenin, two types of protein that are usually present in wheat and other cereals. [2] These proteins trigger an auto-immune response among people who are gluten intolerant.

People who are allergic to gluten will display the following symptoms after consuming gluten.

  • Abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Some may face bloating and constipation instead.
  • Heartburn.
  • Fatigue.
  • Anxiety.
  • Depression.
  • Anemia.
  • Trouble breathing or asthma.
  • Swollen lips.
  • Mouth ulcers.
  • General irritability.
  • Rapid weight loss.
  • Rashes or hives.
  • Anaphylaxis, which can be fatal if no one is at hand to administer a dose of epinephrine or adrenaline.

We are issuing this alert at a time when you have probably not yet started preparing your Christmas dinner, so hopefully you will read this in time. However, if you read this after the event and if you have had over family members or guests who are allergic to any of the aforementioned food allergens, kindly inform them or make sure that they receive urgent medical attention. Thankfully there have not yet been any reported illnesses that were caused by the consumption of this product.

Both Taylor Farms Pacific and Safeway would like to inform their customers that this recall is only limited to Signature Cafe Traditional Stuffing with the aforementioned UPC and Lot Codes. All other products produced by Taylor Farms Pacific or sold at Safeway properly mention the presence of any food allergens and are not subjected to recall. Customers who have purchased the recalled product are being urged to either discard it or return it at the place of purchase for a full refund. If you have any further questions or concerns about the recall, you may either call Taylor Farms Pacific or Safeway at +1 (209) 830-3186 or +1 (877) SAFEWAY respectively.