The Spanish Agency for Food Safety and Nutrition (Aesan) has issued a new warning an undeclared allergen in a consumer product that may cause side effects in people who cannot take it. Specifically, it refers to the presence of Milk proteins not declared in the precautionary labeling a popular roll widely distributed and consumed in several regions of Spain.
The specific product is the “sugar cane filled with cocoa” That’s what defines the brand Dulcesol. Below you will find the complete data from the health authority. Product name: sugar cane filled with cocoa; Trademark: DULCESOL; Product Appearance: 3 units packed in plastic bag; Batch number: 04G, 11G, 21G, 01H, 12H, 25H, 31H (various expiry dates); Unit weight: 141g; room temperature.
As Aesan explains in a statement, it was the health authorities of the Valencian Community who alerted to the incident through the coordinated rapid information exchange system (Sciri). Milk protein is a Substance whose presence in food must always be declared added to the ingredients list due to the serious problems it can cause in allergy sufferers.
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Therefore, it is reported that this product was originally distributed in Andalusia, Canary Islands, Catalonia, Basque Country, Extremadura, Galicia and Murcia. However, “it cannot be ruled out that there will be redistribution to other autonomous communities,” explains the agency.
As is usual with alerts on allergens, the authorities have transmitted all the information available to date through the Coordinated System for the Rapid Exchange of Information (Sciri), with the aim of verifying the withdrawal of all affected batches from the various distribution channels.
As a precautionary measure, Aesan recommends people who are allergic to milk protein Avoid consuming the product previously mentioned in this information. “Consumption of this product poses no risk to the rest of the population,” concludes Aesan.
Allergy or intolerance?
It is estimated that around two million Spaniards are allergic to certain foods or suffer from them some kind of food intolerance causing the percentage of children affected to increase by 2 percent each year.
According to Dr. Guadalupe Blay, head of the Endocrinology and Nutrition Working Group of the Spanish Society of General and Family Physicians (SEMG), is the current trend of food fewer vegetables, fruits and legumes and more processed foods that are high in fats and refined sugars changed the bacterial flora which changes the immune system and defenses.
“This affected the body’s response to allergens due to internal imbalance,” he explains. While with allergies the immediate symptoms are… Intolerances are delayed. Likewise, allergies are positive in skin tests, whereas intolerances are not.
Another key to the distinction is that allergies involve only a few foods and intolerances involve many; and that with allergies only trace amounts can trigger the connection, while with intolerances a certain amount of food is required.
Another key difference is that they are primarily caused by food allergies Skin and mucous membrane reactions, while intolerances lead to reactions in all tissues. After all, allergies are more common in children and intolerances in adults.