Susanne Kuehne, Decernis
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Susanne Kuehne, Decernis

Peanut allergy sufferers, beware.

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Food items containing peanuts can cause severe allergic reactions and even allergic shock to sufferers from a peanut allergy. The Czech Agriculture and Food Inspection Agency (CAFIA) did not allow a biscuit product with chocolate and hazelnut to be sold in retail because the peanut content was 3,500 times higher than the limit. While the product was labeled “May contain peanuts”, the amount of peanut was significantly over the limit for unintentional cross-contamination during manufacturing

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Mgr. Pavel Kopřiva – CAFIA Spokesperson (August 26, 2019). “Warning for Consumers: CAFIA found chocolate biscuits with c. 3,500 times higher content of peanuts than indicated on the labelling”. Retrieved from Czech Agriculture and Food Inspection Authority.

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