Thanks to undeclared allergens, this food was the top cause of FDA food recalls.
While the end of the year was full of beef, romaine, and turkey recalls, another food product flew under the radar. Candy made up over 80 percent of food units recalled by the FDA in the final months of the year, according to a data report by Stericycle.
From chocolate-covered cherries to sea salt caramels, several candy manufacturers had to recall their products due to undeclared allergens. One brand, Chukar Cherries, even had two recalls within a month, due to several products being contaminated with milk.
Problems with undeclared allergens rise when products come in contact with allergy-causing ingredients or products produced in the same facility. This is also a problem at restaurants, as various foods can come in contact with each other, even if they make it onto different plates.
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