LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. -- The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America says it's concerned that many people allergic to peanuts don't know that they shouldn't be eating some popular food products. Some Hostess products and Rold Gold pretzels have been recalled and other manufacturers' products could be. The Food and Drug Administration has two reports of severe reactions in kids after eating Hostess doughnuts.
Marcie Danley checks and double-checks everything her son, Luke, and his friend, Ava, eat. She even buys some products from Canada that are peanut-free. Both kids are allergic to peanuts.
"Anything we give to 'em wrong, it could potentially be a fatal mistake," said Danley.
The Lee's Summit mom recently bought some Hostess doughnuts.
"They're a company that we trust. They're a company that labels well," said Danley.
Some types of Hostess doughnuts and cakes including Zingers and Ding Dongs are now part of a recall. So are some varieties of Rold Gold pretzels because peanut residue was found in flour from the company, Grain Craft. It sells only to the baking and food service industry, and not directly to consumers. The company says it traced the affected flour to wheat grown in areas that also grow peanuts.
"Our expiration date was after, but had they cleaned the facility? Was there still possible peanut residue in the manufacturing plant? It's just not a chance we can take," Danley said.
She gave away the doughnuts in question while keeping other Hostess products. The FDA is checking to see if other companies are using the affected flour which means there could be more recalls.
"I don't blame the manufacturers at all. This is not their fault. But you still wonder -- what's in the pantry that could potentially be fatal?" said Danley.