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Sandwich Recall Update as FDA Sets Highest Risk Level


Two sandwich products have been given the highest risk classification by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration after being recalled last month.

Washington-based Taylor Farms Northwest LLC has voluntarily recalled nearly 700 sandwiches after they were found to contain milk, a major allergen that wasn’t disclosed on the label. The products have now been classified under the FDA’s highest risk level, Class I.

A Class I recall is issued when there is a “reasonable probability” that the use of, or exposure to, a product could “cause serious adverse health consequences or death.” The classification was awarded on July 9 following the original recall date of June 24.

Two products are included in the recall:

  • 319 units of 7-Eleven Simply Chicken Salad Sandwich – 6.6oz
  • 378 units of 7-Eleven Simply Egg Salad Sandwich – 6.8oz
A file photo of a sandwich on a wooden board. The recalled products were sold in Washington and Oregon only.

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Both products come in “flexible packaging,” as per the FDA, and have a best by date of June 26. The products were distributed in Oregon and Washington only through convenience stores.

Newsweek has contacted Taylor Farms Northwest LLC via the form on its website for comment outside of normal working hours.

Milk is one of nine major allergens designated by the FDA, with the others being wheat, soybeans, tree nuts, peanuts, egg, crustaceans (shellfish), fish and sesame. These must be declared on all food packaging except in limited circumstances, with the government agency warning that consumption by those with the allergy “run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction.”

Symptoms of allergic reactions caused by food include itching, rashes, hives, vomiting and/or diarrhea, abdominal cramping, swelling of the throat and vocal cords, and coughing or wheezing.

When a more serious allergic reaction takes place, it can result in anaphylaxis, a life-threatening medical condition where the body’s immune system overreacts to the presence of the allergen in the body. Anyone who believes themselves or another person is suffering from anaphylaxis should dial 911 immediately.

Symptoms of anaphylaxis include throat swelling, difficulty breathing, a sudden drop in blood pressure and loss of consciousness.

The FDA has three levels used to classify food product recalls, which indicate the health threat posed to members of the public. A Class II recall refers to a “situation in which the use of or exposure to a violative product may cause temporary or medically reversible adverse health consequences or where the probability of serious adverse health consequences is remote.”

A Class III is awarded when “a situation in which use of, or exposure to, a violative product is not likely to cause adverse health consequences.”

It is not the only recent recall linked to sandwiches. In June, tens of thousands of sandwiches were recalled following potential contamination with Listeria. The recall was given a Class II level by the FDA.