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Category Press Release
Publish Date 1/11/2019
Author Paul Cochrane
Title California Company Recalls Hundreds of Cases of Tapenade due to Undeclared Tree Nut Allergen
Introduction LA Testing provides food testing services to protect the public and help companies comply with allergen and other labeling regulations.

Huntington Beach, CA, January 11th, 2019

Late last year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) posted information about a product recall initiated by a company in California. The recall was launched after it was discovered that the pumpkin pesto tapenade products contained walnuts that were not labeled on the packaging.

Product labels for the 7.75 ounce jars failed to disclose the tree nuts as required by labeling regulations. The jars in question were distributed to retailers between July and November of 2017 and were sold in stores in Stockton and Nevada City, California as well as in Windsor, Virginia. The products are believed to have already reached consumers.

The Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 (FALCPA) requires that food labels clearly identify the food source names of all ingredients that are, or contain any protein derived from, the eight most common food allergens. These account for 90% of allergic reactions to foods and include tree nuts, such as walnuts, as well as milk, crustacean shellfish, fish, eggs, peanuts, wheat and soybeans. In the case of tree nuts, the specific type of nut must be declared on the packaging.

“Anyone that has these products and suffers from tree nut allergies is advised to return them to the place of purchase or to dispose of it,” said Michael Chapman, Laboratory Manager of LA Testing’s Huntington Beach facility. “This is important since individuals with tree nut allergies that accidently ingest it may experience a severe, life-threatening allergic reaction called anaphylaxis.”

To help food manufacturers and importers comply with FALCPA and other labeling requirements, LA Testing offers a wide range of food testing and labeling services. These services not only prevent costly product recalls, they are also instrumental in protecting consumers and the nation’s food supply. These services are also available to the public and regulatory agencies.

To learn more about food allergen, labeling or other food testing services, please visit or, email or call (800) 755-1794. 

About LA Testing
LA Testing is California’s leading laboratory for indoor air quality testing of asbestos, mold, lead, VOCs, formaldehyde, soot, char, ash and smoke damage, particulates and other chemicals. In addition, LA Testing offers a full range of air sampling and investigative equipment to professionals and the general public. LA Testing maintains an extensive list of accreditations including: AIHA LAP LLC., AIHA ELLAP, AIHA EMLAP and AIHA IHLAP, CDC ELITE, NVLAP, State of California, State of Hawaii Department of Health and other states. LA Testing, along with the EMSL Analytical, Inc. network, has multiple laboratories throughout California including South Pasadena, Huntington Beach, San Leandro and San Diego.

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