More Than 1 Million Pounds of Pretzel Dogs Recalled, Said Nothing About Containing Soy


Those with soy allergies and an inherent love for pretzel dogs, brace yourselves. The US Department of Agriculture just announced a recall of nearly 1.2 million pounds of pretzel dogs for not listing soy as one of their ingredients.

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service discovered during a routine labeling review that while the frozen snack contained the common allergen soy lecithin, it was nowhere to be found on the box labels. Because of this, approximately 1,196,669 pounds of pretzel dogs will be recalled because of misbranding and undeclared allergens.

Consumers should note the production dates between February 14, 2014 and November 14, 2014. The pretzel dogs were sold under a variety of different names and packaging listed below and have the establishment number “EST. or P-34073” inside the USDA mark.

• Auntie Anne’s All Beef Classic Pretzel Dogs
• Auntie Anne’s Fundraising Pretzel Dogs
• West Creek Black Angus Beef Pretzel Dogs
• Kunzler Pretzel Dogs
• Kunzler Turkey Pretzel Dogs
• Berks All Beef Pretzel Franks
• Nathan’s Famous Pretzel Dogs
• City Line Foods Pretzel Dogs

Auntie Anne’s mall and airport pretzels are said to be unaffected by this recall. There have yet to be any reports of illness or reactions to the recalled products.

H/T Consumerist



New Android App Helps Fast Food Consumers Avoid Common Allergens

Hold The Allergen Android Application App

Android allergics rejoice! Hold The Allergen (HTA), a new application just released on the Android Market, helps allergy-ridden eaters decide which fast-food menu items to eat or NOT to eat based on the product’s ingredients.

If you have ever tried looking up ingredients or nutritional information on that hidden back wall of a fast-food/fast-casual restaurant, you know it can become pretty tiresome in a hurry. This application attempts to relieve that annoyance by putting ingredient information in the palm of your hand, allowing consumers to make quicker and safer eating decisions on the fly.

Currently HTA has nutritional information for seven popular national fast-food/fast-casual restaurant chains including Burger King, Carl’s Jr, Chipotle, Domino’s, Five Guys, Jack In The Box and Subway. All of the staple menu items of the aforementioned brands seem to be available, but I did notice that brand new items, like Burger King’s Ranch Crispy Chicken Wrap or Jack In The Box’s Chipotle Chicken Club, were not listed.

It is still unknown how fast the application will update with new menu items, which will be crucial since the chosen restaurants implement dozens of new products every year. Seven restaurants is a decent start, but there are numerous more to be added if HTA wants to be considered a comprehensive resource. McDonald’s, Taco Bell, Panda Express, In-N-Out to name a few of the chains we’d love to see added to the application.