Trader Joe’s Recalls Its Chocolate Mochi Ice Cream (Photo)

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By Cooking Panda

If you love Trader Joe’s mochi, but can’t eat peanuts for whatever reason, then you definitely want to steer clear of its Mikawaya chocolate mochi ice cream. It has just been recalled due to a limited number of its products entering stores that inadvertently contained peanuts, even though they weren’t printed on the product’s label.

According to the FDA, a customer reported that one of their Chocolate Chocolate Mochi Ice Creams had peanut butter in it, thereby prompting the Mikawaya recall.

People who have an allergy to peanuts run the risk of having serious allergic reactions to products that contain peanuts, so it’s super important not to jeopardize your health if you are one of those people and have bought this product.

Luckily, no allergic reactions or illnesses have been reported due to consumption of the product, and hopefully it will stay that way. Trader Joe’s reports that it has removed and destroyed all of the affected Mikawaya Chocolate Chocolate Mochi Ice Cream from its shelves.

If you bought the product, do not consume it. Rather, throw it out just in case, or even return it to a Trader Joe’s store for a full refund.

It’s better to be safe than sorry, folks!

If you have any questions at all, Trader Joe’s invites all concerned customers to call Trader Joe’s Customer Relations at (626) 599-3817, which is open to receiving calls Monday through Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Pacific Time.

Source: Trader Joe's / Photo Credit: Trader Joe's, Mike Mozart/Flickr

Tags: chocolate chocolate mochi ice cream, mikawaya, peanut allergy, recall, Trader Joe's
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Now PB&J’s Can Be Enjoyed By All! Sort Of…

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By Cooking Panda

The Sneaky Chef and Annie’s Homegrown have collaborated on an allergy-friendly PB&J sandwich for kids who want to enjoy the yummy lunch without having to worry about allergies.

Food Navigator reports that the sandwiches are actually called “Pea B&J Pockets” (notice the “P” is Pea … As in, it’s not peanut butter but something entirely different). These kid-friendly crustless sandwiches use a pea-derived peanut butter substitute, based off of The Sneaky Chef’s “No Nut Butter.”

According to The Sneaky Chef, the No Nut Butter is peanut, tree nut and soy free. Since so many kids have a peanut allergy, it is made to bridge a gap between forbidden foods and delicious snacks. The Sneaky Chef says the No Nut Butter “really does taste a lot like peanut butter.” On a sandwich with jam, it should be difficult even to tell the difference! It’s made from golden peas (hence the Pea rather than “P”) and can be used in any recipe that calls for the real thing.

The Sneaky Chef’s founder, Missy Lapine, was inspired to start working on this new product by her own daughter’s peanut allergy. The alternatives to peanuts that were available before her own product were either processed soy, which she didn’t feel comfortable feeding to her children, or sunflower butter, which wasn’t as well liked.

Lapine said her daughter felt like an outsider when she couldn’t enjoy the PB&J lunch staple that the other kids were enjoying. “The no peanut table at school became the no friend table,” Lapine said.

After experimenting with different ingredients, Lapine learned that the “golden pea is a phenomenal substitute for peanut.”

The process isn’t easy, of course. “It’s not easy to get peas to taste great, so you have to remove the bitter taste, and roast them so they have a roasted golden flavor”; the rest is a secret!

Lapine’s goal in creating this new substitute for peanut butter is to help kids feel more included, and to help keep them from feeling like outsiders. Plus, as Lapine herself says, “We want all kids to enjoy pea butter.”

Sources: Food Navigator, The Sneaky Chef / Photo Credit: jifbrand/Instagram

Tags: food allergy, Nut Allergy, PB&J, peanut allergy, Peanut Butter and Jelly
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This Patch Could Help Those With Peanut Allergies

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By Cooking Panda

Thanks to the vigorous research, studies and efforts funded by the National Institutes of Health, a new patch that may be able to cure peanut allergies has been developed.

This wearable patch, according to the National Institutes of Health, works by delivering small amounts of peanut protein through the skin. The one year clinical trial using this new patch showed promising results.

The treatment, called epicutaneous immunotherapy (EPIT for short), was safe and well-tolerated even with participants using it every day for the entirety of the trial.

Gizmodo reports that the amount of people with a peanut allergy is increasing, particularly here in the United States. It’s now said to affect about 2 percent of all Americans, and that’s dangerous because it’s also the leading food-related cause of anaphylactic shock and death.

The EPIT treatment is reported to be the most beneficial to younger children with the allergy, and a study from 2015 supports this finding, reporting that the allergy could be staved off by introducing peanuts to small children in very small quantities. That’s quite a risk to take, though, considering the consequences of an allergic outbreak. That’s why this EPIT treatment could potentially be so groundbreaking.

“To avoid potentially life-threatening allergic reactions, people with peanut allergy must be vigilant about the foods they eat and the environments they enter, which can be very stressful,” said NIAID Director Anthony S. Fauci, M.D. “One goal of experimental approaches such as epicutaneous immunotherapy is to reduce this burden by training the immune system to tolerate enough peanut to protect against accidental ingestion or exposure.”

The study itself used 74 volunteers, ages 4-25. After the year was up, success was measured by a participant’s ability to ingest 10 times more of the peanut protein than before. Results showed that children ages 4-11 showed significantly more improvement than those over the age of twelve.

Although this patch will require much more research and many more trials, the results are more than promising.

Sources: Gizmodo, National Institutes of Health / Photo credit: Jif Peanut Butter/Instagram

Tags: peanut allergy, Peanuts
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