Mozzarella Recalled: What Are The Dangers Of Soy Allergy?

By Philip Ross on May 3, 2013 4:15 PM EDT

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Mozzarella containing soy, which was not specified on the package, was distributed around New York and New Jersey. (Photo: Flickr/jczart)

A New York company is recalling 234 pounds of fresh mozzarella after federal inspectors discovered that the cheese's packaging label did not include soy in its list of ingredients.  

Bloomberg Businessweek reports that Formaggio Italian Cheese Specialties of Sullivan County is recalling its 8 oz packages of fresh mozzarella with chorizo and cilantro. The blunder happened after the company switched chorizo providers.

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So far, there have been no reports of adverse reactions.

According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, soy is one of the most frequent food additives in the modern diet. It also contains 15 allergenic proteins, making it among the most common foods to cause allergic reactions.

Allergic reactions to soy are generally mild. People who have an adverse reaction to soy usually experience some kind of atopic dermatitis, an inflammatory and itchy skin disorder. They can also experience hives, asthma, allergic rhinitis (swelling of the nasal airways), digestive symptoms and even acne and canker sores.

Seriously adverse reactions, however, are not unheard of. Some people have reported anaphylaxis, which threatens breathing and blood circulation.

Food Allergy Research and Education reports that about .4 percent of children are allergic to soy, but usually outgrow the allergy by age three; the majority of children with a soy allergy will not have it by age 10.

While many foods containing soy will be labeled as containing the ingredient, there are some foods that will not, and still others where you might not expect soy to be. Soybeans and soy products are found in some unexpected places like baked goods, canned tuna and meat, cereal, crackers, infant formulas, sauces and processed meats, among others. Also, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the government body that regulates food safety standards, does not require highly refined soybean oil to be labeled as an allergen.

While not everyone with a soy allergy is also allergic to soy oil, there's still a risk of adverse reaction.

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