Pantry Staple Recalled for Soy Contamination

( – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an urgent recall for Hy-Vee Turkey gravy in glass jars, as these were mislabeled and contain beef rather than turkey products. Beyond the mislabeling, the FDA warns that beef products may additionally include a soy allergen that is not listed among their ingredients.

The product affected is the 12-ounce jar of Hy-Vee Turkey Gravy sold by Hy-Vee directly and not by any other retailers. The alert ominously states that those who have a soy allergy could be in danger of developing a severe illness or even death if they consume the product.

Soy allergies, and allergies in general, cause the immune system to believe an ingredient is harmful and to react with extreme measures that can be dangerous or even fatal. The most common allergies are grass and pollen, animal hair, and some foods, such as peanuts. Soy allergy is more common in babies and children than adults; many children outgrow it as they age.

An allergy to soy, which is derived from soybeans, a member of the legume family, causes relatively mild symptoms in most cases, but a severe reaction can be life-threatening and cause anaphylaxis. Those with soy allergies must often carry epinephrine injections, which is the front-line treatment for anaphylaxis. This is a hazardous, rapid-onset condition, usually resulting from allergies, that manifests initially through itchy skin or rash, swelling, abdominal pain, lightheadedness, and eventually collapse and loss of consciousness.

Medical statistics reveal that around 500 to 1,000 Americans die every year from anaphylaxis, or anaphylactic shock, as it is also known. The peak of the condition is in the summer, affecting men and women equally. Available data indicates that approximately 0.4% of American children suffer from allergies to soy, with most having outgrown it before they are teenagers.

Of the 50 million Americans with allergies, most experience seasonal and non-life-threatening symptoms. There are around 4 million visits to the doctor’s office due to allergies every year.

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