Chick-fil-A Opens Up About Products Such As Nuggets And Filets Having Dairy Allergen
Americans love their fast food. There are tons of popular franchises out there that customers regularly visit. However, health experts have been dissuading these folks from going. They have harped about how fast food is much like fast fashion – made with subpar materials.
Unfortunately, these fast-food establishments haven’t really owned up to many accusations hurled their way. For them, as long as they make sales, then the fault should be placed on the customers. All they’ve ever done, after all, is simply cater to the demands.
However, the same accusation cannot be made for Chick-fil-A. The restaurant has managed to alert their customers. They said that their grilled nuggets and grilled filets have accidentally been contaminated by a dairy allergen when these were under production.
“A supplier notified us they had unintentionally added an undeclared dairy allergen in the recipe for our Grilled Filets and Grilled Nuggets,” the company said in a statement they made on the Nutrition and Allergen section of the company’s site. “We are actively working with the supplier so this doesn’t happen again and to ensure the allergen is removed,” they added.
The company announced that they also “took immediate steps to notify guests of this temporary issue.” The online menu description for its Grilled Nuggets now comes with a clear warning. It tells customers that their product contains a dairy allergen. This is highly crucial information for those who suffer from dairy intolerance.
The Kids With Food Allergies Foundation is a nonprofit advocacy group. They posted an alert about dairy contamination in Chick-fil-A grilled nuggets and grilled chicken filets on their social media last August. They had stated, “We understand how devastating it is to lose a food option! The change to the allergen and ingredients listing is due to an ingredient with from a supplier with undeclared milk. Chick-fil-A is working to get this resolved to remove milk from the products.”
The details included milk, as it is 1 of 8 allergens that companies who produce consumable products need to identify with clarity. They need to divulge the proper information on food labels as these fall under the rules set out by the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004. There are also other major food allergens covered by this U.S. law. Included in the list are shellfish, fish, eggs, tree nuts, wheat, peanuts, and soybeans.
Fact is that cow’s milk allergy is the most common food allergy, especially when it comes to infants and young children. This finding was made by the Food Allergy Research and Education, an advocacy group for those living with allergies.
About 2 to 3 percent of children under the age of three are actually allergic to milk. This statement was made by the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (ACAAI) based on the research made. While many of these kids do outgrow the allergy before they become adults, some of them also remain allergic to it their whole lives.
The allergy can show a variety of symptoms such as hives, upset stomach, vomiting, and even bloody stool. This statement was made by ACAAI. Some have also rare but severe reactions to it. This reaction is otherwise known as anaphylaxis. This is a potentially life-threatening reaction because it hinders the patient from breathing properly.
As for those who suffer from milk allergies, they are able to manage the condition by avoiding milk and other dairy products altogether. Included on the list of products to avoid are those that are made with contain milk proteins. When the allergic reaction becomes serious, they can get proper treatment with a medicine called epinephrine, which is a form of adrenaline used in EpiPens. These are oftentimes brought around by those with food allergies to make sure they get help even before they see a professional, and that’s because this will help them stay alive until the doctor comes.
Milk allergies are brought about because of the immune system’s response to one or more proteins that are found in milk and dairy products, as per the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Just to be clear, this is different from what people know as lactose intolerance. The latter is caused by problems digesting lactose (a naturally present sugar in milk) when it reaches their digestive system.
It is common to see that milk allergies come out during the first year of life of a child. Lactose intolerance, on the other hand, usually develops later on, according to NIH. While lactose intolerance can bring about distress when digesting, the problem won’t cause severe allergic reactions. Thus, only milk allergies can lead to anaphylaxis.
Right now, many of the Chick-fil-A customers are hoping that this problem will be addressed soon for the sake of those who suffer from milk allergies, be it severe or otherwise.