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FDA Consumer Advice on Products Containing Ground Cumin with Undeclared Peanuts

Key Advice

The FDA is advising people who are highly allergic to peanuts to consider avoiding products that contain ground cumin or cumin powder, because some shipments of these products have tested positive for undeclared peanut protein. People who are highly allergic or sensitive to peanuts may be at risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction. Ground cumin may be sold as a spice, in a spice mix or kit, or as a minor ingredient when used in finished food products like soups and chilies. Most finished products are expected to have low amounts of ground cumin, and therefore low amounts of peanut protein. Products made before 2014 are unlikely to contain the affected ground cumin.

View a list of Recalled Products.

Who Should Know

Consumers with severe peanut allergies and those preparing food for people with peanut allergies. 

What to Do

Consumers with severe peanut allergies and their caregivers should:

  • Review the list of recalled products and avoid these foods. They include ground cumin, seasoning mixes, and a variety of cooking “kits” which include “Tex-Mex” and Indian dishes.
  • When choosing a food, review the ingredients panel. Products, such as soups or chilies that contain only small amounts of the affected ground cumin may not contain enough peanut protein to trigger a reaction in most peanut-allergic people. However, people who are highly sensitive to peanuts may consider avoiding products that list “cumin.”
  • Realize that if the ingredients panel lists “spices,” it may or may not contain ground cumin.  People who are highly sensitive to peanuts may want to call the manufacturer to find out if the product contains cumin powder.
  • Realize that if symptoms of an allergic reaction, such as shortness of breath, swelling of the lips, tongue or throat, or hives, occur, stop eating the product and seek immediate medical care or advice.
  • Realize that if an allergic reaction occurs, you can contact your local FDA consumer complaint coordinator. To find yours, visit Consumer Complaint Coordinators.

Why This Advice is Important

The FDA is continuing to identify companies that received shipments of the ground cumin that contained undeclared peanuts and work with them to remove these products from the market. While this investigation is underway, the FDA wants consumers who are highly allergic or sensitive to peanuts to consider taking precautions with any product—not just those that have been recalled—that contains ground cumin. The FDA will continue to update the list of recalled products.


Note: Because the inclusion of a particular ingredient(s) in a product can be considered a trade secret, this table may not include all recalls associated with cumin containing undeclared peanuts. If you are allergic to peanuts, you may also wish to consult the FDA’s main recall page

Recalled Products

Date Recall Information
May 06, 2015 [ARCHIVED] CONSUMER ALERT: Undeclared Peanuts in "Cumin Powder" [ARCHIVED]
April 01, 2015 [ARCHIVED] Maya Overseas Food Inc. Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Peanuts in “Cumin Powder” [ARCHIVED]
March 12, 2015 [ARCHIVED] Badia Spices, Inc. Issues Allergy Alert on Ground Cumin Products for Undeclared Peaunt Protein [ARCHIVED]
February 20, 2015 [ARCHIVED] CON YEAGER SPICE COMPANY'S REVISED VOLUNTARY RECALL FOR GROUND CUMIN AND SEASONING BLENDS (CONTAINING GROUND CUMIN)DUE TO POTENTIAL UNDECLARED PEANUT ALLERGENS [ARCHIVED]
February 13, 2015 [ARCHIVED] Goya Foods, Inc. Announces Recall of Kirby Brand Black Beans with Creole Seasoning and Goya Brand Black Bean Soup for Undeclared Peanut Protein [ARCHIVED]
February 09, 2015 [ARCHIVED] Whole Foods Market Recalls Items Prepared With Supplier-provided Ground Cumin Spice Due To Possible Health Risk [ARCHIVED]
February 02, 2015 [ARCHIVED] The Spice Mill issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Peanut Protein in Ground Cumin and Cajun Seasoning Products [ARCHIVED]
January 29, 2015 [ARCHIVED] Aleias Gluten Free Foods, LLC Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Peanut Protein in Parmesan Croutons and Classic Croutons [ARCHIVED]
January 16, 2015 [ARCHIVED] B&M, Inc. Issues Allergy Allert on Undeclared Peanut Protein in Ground Cumin and Other Seasonings Sold at Target and the Fresh Market Nationwide due to Potential Undeclared Peanut Protein [ARCHIVED]
January 16, 2015 [ARCHIVED] B&M, Inc. Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Peanut Protein in Ground Seasonings Sold at Harris Teeter in the Southeast Region Due to Potential Undeclared Peanut Protein [ARCHIVED]
January 15, 2015 [ARCHIVED] Garden Lites Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Peanuts in Garden Lites Kale & Quinoa Soufflé, Garden Lites Southwestern Soufflé, Garden Lites Veggie Chili & Cornbread Melt, Garden Lites Kale & Brown Rice Veggie Bites & Classic Cooking Kale and Quinoa Veggie Cakes [ARCHIVED]
January 14, 2015 [ARCHIVED] NAC Foods Co. Issues An Allergy Alert on Undeclared Peanut Protein on Ground Cumin Product [ARCHIVED]
January 13, 2015 [ARCHIVED] Condies Foods, Inc. Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Peanut Protein in Condies Brand “Bold And Zesty” and Dr. J’s Brand “Mild” and “Medium” Salsas [ARCHIVED]
January 12, 2015 [ARCHIVED] Zenobia Company LLC. Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Peanut Protein in "My Spice Sage Cumin Ground” [ARCHIVED]
January 12, 2015 [ARCHIVED] La Flor Products Co., Inc. is Issuing an Allergy Alert on Undeclared Peanuts in “La Flor–Ground Cumin” [ARCHIVED]
January 12, 2015 [ARCHIVED] Spice N'More Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Peanuts in Cumin Powder "Casablanca", "Salma", "Spice Class", "La Mina", "Leader Meret", "All Island Spice", "Key Food" and "H Harvest" [ARCHIVED]
January 09, 2015 [ARCHIVED] Taj Ethnic Gourmet® Brand Issues a Voluntary Recall for Certain Retail Lots of Indian Sauces Due to Potential Undeclared Peanut Allergen [ARCHIVED]
January 09, 2015 [ARCHIVED] Con Yeager Spice Company Issues a Voluntary Recall for Ground Cumin and Seasoning Blends (containing Ground Cumin) Due to Potential Undeclared Peanut Allergens [ARCHIVED]
December 31, 2014 [ARCHIVED] Adams Flavors, Foods & Ingredients Issues Allergy Alert On Undeclared Peanut Protein in Cumin Prooducts [ARCHIVED]
December 26, 2014 [ARCHIVED] Adams Flavors, Foods & Ingredients Issues Allergy Alert On Undeclared Peanut Protein In Cumin Products [ARCHIVED]

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