(NationRise.com) – Shakespeare’s Pizza just joined a long list of food brands that have had to issue alerts or recalls over the past year. The alert was issued on December 7th after the company discovered that pizza packages failed to include wheat as a key ingredient. The omission could lead to serious life-threatening reactions if the pizza is eaten by people with wheat allergies.
To be clear, the pizza is not dangerous for those who do not have a wheat allergy. Those customers may eat it as they normally would.
The affected products include extra cheese, vegetarian, four cheese, and spinach artichoke. Only the twelve-inch products were affected. Most of the pizzas were sold in Missouri and Kansas.
The company announced that consumers may return affected pizzas to the company or the store it was purchased from for a full refund.
The issue was discovered during an inspection conducted by partners of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). So far, no illnesses have been reported by customers. However, frozen pizzas often remain in freezers for long periods of time before they are consumed.
People who are allergic to wheat have digestive systems that can’t break down the compound. Their bodies attempt to fight it off with inflammation. That inflammation can cause digestive issues and, in some cases, can be life-threatening. The early symptoms of wheat allergies include fatigue, anxiety, skin rashes or hives, diarrhea, and numbing sensations in the hands or feet. Severe cases can include vertigo and seizures.
If you’re allergic to what and have accidentally consumed it, it’s important to avoid eating anything else and to begin drinking water. Taking probiotics can also help at your doctor’s discretion. You should call 911 immediately if you begin experiencing paralysis. This is typically a sign of the victim going into anaphylaxis, a life-threatening condition.
Wheat allergies are more common in small children, who typically lose them during their teenage years. However, it is possible for adults to develop wheat allergies as they get older.
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