One of the most common food allergies people in the United States suffer from is an allergy to shellfish. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued a Class 1 recall alert for a product called InnovAsian Crispy Chicken with Almonds entrée because it has been discovered that this product is not labeled correctly. The Walmart recall is affecting stores across 28 states, and it is imperative that if you or someone you know has a shellfish allergy, they do not consume this product.
The USDA utilizes a three-class warning system when they are communicating a recall on a food item. A class 3 warning refers to when exposure to a violative product is not likely to have any health consequences. Class 2 is defined as a situation where exposure to a violative product may cause temporary or medically reversible adverse health consequences or when the probability of serious adverse health consequences is remote.
This Walmart recall has been classified as a class 1 recall, meaning that exposure or use of the violative product has a reasonable probability that it will cause serious adverse health consequences or death. The Walmart recall is affecting more than 1,300 locations across a wide range of states that carries the InnovAsian Crispy Chicken entrée.
If you are unsure if the product you have at home is the one that is being recalled, The Street has reported these details, “The product is labeled as 18.5 oz packages of ‘INNOVASIAN Crispy Chicken with Almonds ENTREE’ with lot code 22321-1, UPC code 695119120499, and a best by date May 24, 2023.”
According to The Street, “Walmart locations in these states should adhere to the recall if there is a known allergy by the consumer: Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, Nevada, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming.”
This item is found in their frozen food freezers in the grocery sections of their locations. The Walmart recall, which is also published on the company’s website, has had customers reporting that there is shrimp contained in this dish, and the label on the box does not disclose that the product contains this ingredient. Shellfish allergies can be triggered when someone ingests mollusks, clams, mussels, oysters, scallops, lobsters, crabs, squid, octopus, or shrimp.
The result someone with a shellfish allergy would have if they ingested shrimp could likely be anaphylaxis, which is a life-threatening reaction that occurs within a few seconds or minutes after exposure, and urgent medical attention is required. The voluntary Walmart recall was issued on December 15, 2022, and there have been no known illnesses reported at this time.
It is important that this information is properly circulated because it could result in a life-or-death situation for a person who had unknowingly purchased the item involved in the Walmart recall. If you have discovered that you, in fact, have already purchased the item, you can discard it or return it to the store where you purchased it for a refund.