Nuts, Grains, and Beans
Nuts, grains, beans, and other legumes, and their by-products, are found in a wide variety of foods. Since these foods are ingredients in so many food products, contamination or mislabeling of allergens can pose a widespread risk.
Contamination may come from harmful bacteria such as salmonella, some foods in these categories, particularly grains, are also susceptible to chemical environmental risks.
Several of these foods – including tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, and soybeans – have been classified as major food allergens by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The law requires that all foods are labeled with their ingredients, and that labels clearly identify any of the major food allergens or their protein derivatives.
Learn more by referring to the resources below.
Risks and Contamination
Arsenic in Rice (FDA) The U.S. Food and Drug Administration shares important information on the presence of arsenic, a chemical associated with long-term health effects, in rice. Find out what you should do, and what steps the FDA is taking.
Salmonella in Peanut Butter (CDC) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the presence of Salmonella bacteria in certain samples of peanut butter and other nut products beginning September 2012. Find details about their investigation and read their advice to consumers.
Recalled Peanut Product Database (FDA) Search this database to learn if any peanut products in your pantry have been affected by the multi-state Salmonella outbreak.
2009 Peanut Product Recall (FDA) In March 2009, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration requested a recall on certain products containing peanuts due to a contamination threat. Find details about the investigation and read advice to consumers.
General Allergy Information
Food Allergy Information (FDA) Learn about major food allergens, labeling, and what to do if symptoms occur.