H-E-B Recalls Water Due To Milk Allergens

H-E-B Recalls Water Due To Milk Allergens
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H-E-B has recently announced a voluntary recall for a certain batch of Hill Country Fare One Gallon Spring Water as it is believed that there may be a milk allergen present in the said product. The problem was discovered by H-E-B last September 1 while doing quality assurance product reviews.

It has been made clear that only the one gallon containers of the Hill Country Fare Spring Water are affected by this recent recall. Moreover, only those containers that have been marked with a “Best By Date” of Dec 19, 2015 are being recalled.


Milk allergens pose a serious health risk to customers who may have allergy or severe sensitivity to milk. Should the tainted water product by ingested, a person with milk allergy or sensitivity can possibly experience “life-threatening allergic reaction.”

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), milk is actually one of the eight major food allergens identified by law. Those experiencing allergic reactions to milk and other food items may experience symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, face swelling, hives, rashes, flushed skin, tongue swelling, lip swelling, wheezing, coughing, abdominal cramps, throat swelling, breathing difficulty, lightheadedness, dizziness and loss of consciousness.

The affected water products were specifically sold in Houston, Central Texas and the Gulf Coast. H-E-B said they had already removed the affected products off their shelves. At the same time, customers who will be returning the tainted water products will be entitled to a full refund.

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Meanwhile, H-E-B Group Vice President of Public Affairs and Diversity Winell Herron assures all of its customers that, “H-E-B takes every precaution necessary to ensure the integrity and quality of the products sold in our stores.”