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Mislabeling may be dangerous for those with dairy allergies

A Columbia allergy specialist warns that the possible mislabeling of Oscar Mayer hot dogs could be dangerous to those with dairy allergies.

A Columbia allergy specialist warns that the possible mislabeling of Oscar Mayer hot dogs could be dangerous to those with dairy allergies.

"It's a very common allergen and so people hopefully are going to be paying attention," Marcy Markes, a nurse practitioner at Columbia Allergy and Asthma Specialists, said.

Markes said dairy allergies are especially common among children, traditionally one of the product's largest target groups.

"Some people can touch a dairy product or a peanut product and have symptoms such as hives," Markes said.

"Some people can have symptoms such as anaphylaxis which includes closing of the airway, hives, trouble breathing...[there's] what we call angioedema where they get swelling of the lips, throat, eyes...So it really just depends on the severity of the allergy."

Columbia-based Kraft Food Group recalled 96,000 pounds of Oscar Mayer classic wieners because some of the products marketed as "classic" may actually contain cheese dogs.

A consumer notified the company on April 18. The products were produced on March 2 and 3, 2014. For more details on the recall, click here.

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