The company behind the organic and mom-friendly Nature’s Path products has issued a recall for their gluten-free cereals. Parents are urged to check their cupboards as reports that that the breakfast food may possibly contain traces of wheat and barley. This can cause serious problems for adults and children who are sensitive or allergic to gluten or suffer from celiac disease.
the recall includes three flavors from their popular EnviroKidz line: Choco Chimps, Gorilla Munch and Jungle Munch. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration released a statement that warns parents that these three products might have undeclared gluten. The recall is for about 450,600 cereal boxes nationwide or five percent of the cereal boxes that are currently available on store shelves.
"This failure to meet the gluten-free standard our consumers expect and trust from us is a deep concern," Arjan Stephens, Executive Vice President of sales and marketing said in the recall statement to the press this week. "We have reviewed and changed our internal practices to ensure our gluten-free cereals are not impacted in the future."
If you feel that your child might have sensitivities or is allergic to gluten, there are several symptoms that you can look out for. The most common ones are diarrhea, bloating, and excess gas. Children might also experience fatigue, weight loss, iron-deficiency, constipation and in some cases, depression.
While there are no available treatments, medical professional often advice a gluten-free diet for those with celiac disease. What’s more, there are also dietary supplements and vitamins available and in some cases, a pneumococcal vaccine.
If you have any more questions or concerns about the recall, parents are urged to return the Nature’s Path cereal to their point of purchase to request a full refund. In addition, you can also call Nature’s Path Consumer Services at (866) 880-7284 (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Pacific time) or email at ConsumerServices@naturespath.com.
If you have any concerns about your child and a possible allergy to gluten, speak to their pedestrian or a trusted health professional. It’s been noted that at least one in 100 people have an autoimmune disorder that leads to the damage of the small intestine after ingesting gluten.