PHOENIX -- A potentially deadly allergen has prompted Kroger to recall its Deluxe French Vanilla Ice Cream.
According to the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network, tree nut allergies affect an estimated 1.8 million Americans.
"Allergic reactions to tree nuts are among the leading causes of fatal and near-fatal reactions to foods," the FAAN website reads.
The Kroger Deluxe French Vanilla Ice Cream was sold at various stores in 11 states, including Fry's here in Arizona.
The affected cartons are 48 fluid ounces with a "sell by" date of June 12, 2013 and the UPC Code 11110 50718.
Consumers who are allergic to pecans could suffer a potentially life-threatening reaction if they eat the ice cream. For those who are not allergic to pecans, there is no danger.
"Kroger has removed affected items from store shelves and initiated its customer recall notification system that alerts customers who may have purchased recalled Class 1 products through register receipt tape messages and phone calls," according to the FDA.
Concerned customers should return the product to stores for a full refund or replacement.
The federal Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 requires packaged foods to list potential allergens on their labels. Packages foods that contain tree nuts, like pecans, must list the specific tree nut.
Food allergies generally affect more children than adults. While kids do outgrow some food allergies, allergies to tree nuts tend to be lifelong.
If not treated promptly the body's reaction to food allergies can be deadly. Symptoms of food allergies, which typically occur within an hour of ingesting an allergen, can include hives, vomiting, swelling of the throat, shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing and dizziness. The most severe reaction is anaphylaxis.
Consumers who have questions about this recall may contact Kroger toll-free at 800-KROGERS (800-576-4377). For more information, please visit www.kroger.com/recalls.
Kroger (NYSE:KR) is one of the biggest grocery retailers in the world.