Check your freezer for this recalled frozen dessert

The deli was recalled days ago after a consumer discovered it contained undeclared pistachios. It is a type of nut, and nuts can trigger serious reactions in people with allergies. Anyone with a pistachio and cashew sensitivity should also be aware of a new recall for Van Leeuwen ice cream.

The Oat Milk Brown Sugar Chunk ice cream in the recall may contain traces of cashews and pistachios, but the ingredients do not appear on the label.

Van Leeuwen ice cream recall

Van Leeuwen announced the ice cream recall earlier this week, with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) posting the press release on its website.

The company is recalling 2,185 frozen 14oz pints of oat milk brown sugar ice cream after a customer complaint. A shopper suffered an adverse reaction and complained that the ice cream contained undeclared nuts. It’s unclear what caused the contamination, however.

Van Leeuwen distributed this ice cream flavor nationwide to retail stores. It comes in a 14-ounce white package with orange lettering and an orange lid. You can see the container in the image below.

Van Leeuwen ice cream recall: Photo of container. Image source: FDA

Customers should look for the following identifiers to determine if their ice cream is part of the recall: lot #21V194 and an expiration date of 01/13/2023. You will find the marks on the bottom of the container.

Nut allergies

Van Leeuwen explained that people who are allergic to specific types of allergens are at risk of developing a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction after eating the recalled ice cream. These allergens include tree nuts (chestnuts, Brazil nuts, walnuts, hazelnuts, pecans, pine nuts, cashews), peanuts, eggs and sulphites.

People allergic to one type of nut may be sensitive to others. In this case, the ice cream may contain cashews and pistachios, which may trigger side effects.

Symptoms may appear immediately after eating the booster ice cream. They may include tingling or itching of the mouth, hives, itching, eczema, swelling of the lips, face, tongue and throat, wheezing, nasal congestion, difficulty breathing, abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, lightheadedness, and fainting.

Severe allergic reactions can be fatal in some cases. People can develop anaphylaxis after eating foods that contain allergens. The airways swell, making it impossible to breathe.

People may also experience sharp drops in blood pressure and a rapid pulse. Likewise, they may become dazed or dizzy and may pass out.

Van Leeuwen ice cream recall: The bottom of the container indicates the lot number and the expiry date.
Van Leeuwen ice cream recall: The bottom of the container shows the lot number and the expiry date. Image source: FDA

what you should do

If you have recently purchased Van Leeuwen ice cream, you should ensure that your supply is not from the recalled batch.

Ice cream can still be eaten if you don’t have nut allergies. However, it’s not a good idea to store foods that contain undeclared allergens. Other allergy sufferers might accidentally consume the product, as the label does not list the allergens.

Van Leeuwen is urging customers who purchased ice cream from the recalled batch to return it for a full refund.

Full contact information for the company can be found in the FDA press release.

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