Allergen Alerts: Mustard!

So you’ve discovered that you have a mustard allergy. No big deal, right? You just won’t have mustard on your burgers anymore …

I’m afraid to break it to you, my friend. Mustard is found in a lot more than just the BBQ condiment, as you originally thought. Here’s a list of ingredients or potential ingredients in which your new found nemesis might sneak up on you.

Food and products that contain or often contain mustards:

    • Condiments
    • Salad Dressings (vinaigrettes and cruditées)
    • Spices, flavouring or seasoning
    • Sauces:
      • Barbecue
      • Curry
      • Cumberland
      • Ketchup, tomato sauces
      • Béarnaises
      • Mayonnaises
      • Pesto
      • Vinaigrettes
      • Gravies, Marinades
    • Curries, Chutneys
    • Pickles and other pickled products
    • Vegetables with vinegar
    • Dehydrated soups
    • Processed Meat (sausages, salami etc.) including hamburgers/steakettes, some fast food products

Other possible sources of mustard: 

    • Some appetizers
    • Dehydrated mashed potatoes
    • Some baby/toddlers prepackaged food
    • Sprouted seeds

Note: This list is not complete and may change. Food and food products purchased from other countries, through mail-order or the Internet, are not always produced using the same manufacturing and labelling standards as in Canada.

Source: Health Canada: Mustard – One of the ten priority food allergenshttp://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/pubs/securit/2012-allergen_mustard-moutarde/index-eng.php .

The Health Canada link is great and gives a general overview of allergic reactions, mustard allergy FAQs, sources of mustard, cross-contamination, steps that the Canadian Government have taken to deal with food allergies, as well as links for more information.

You can be further prepared by keeping an eye out for food recalls and allergy alerts that are put out by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). When you subscribe to the email notifications, you can select the specific allergens that you are interested in receiving alerts on. When you receive the alert, it will look something like this:

A recall has been added to the CFIA’s Food Recall Report.

Class 1
Reason for Recall: Allergen – mustard
Product(s): Noah martin’s Black Forest salami
Recalling Firm: Heidelberg Foods Ltd. (EST 644)
Distribution: deli locations in Ontario

Product details are available at  http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/corpaffr/recarapp/2013/20130111e.shtml

What’s a Class 1 Recall, you ask? It’s how the CFIA categorizes the recall. In this case, it’s a high risk case (There is a high risk that eating or drinking that product will lead to serious health problems or death).  Recall Class definitions are described in detail on the CFIA website: http://inspection.gc.ca/about-the-cfia/newsroom/food-safety-system/food-recalls/eng/1332206599275/1332207914673

If you are afraid that these notifications might get buried in the long list of daily emails in your inbox, you’ll also find these alerts on the FAE Facebook Page if you are a big Facebooker and have Liked the Page. You can also get alerts via Twitter by Following @CFIA_Food

Safe & Happy Eating! 🙂

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