Allergen concerns prompt turkey burger recall

by Meat&Poultry Staff
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TURLOCK, Calif. – Misbranding and an undeclared allergen prompted a recall of 15,040 lbs. of turkey burger product from Foster Farms, according to the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

The product contains a seasoning mix with hydrolyzed soy protein, a known allergen that was not declared on the label. FSIS uncovered the problem during a routine label review, the agency said, “...and occurred as a result of the company receiving a spice mix from its supplier after an ingredient reformulation request by the company to have the hydrolyzed soy ingredient removed.

“The reformulation included soy, which was not declared on the turkey burger label,” according to FSIS.

Neither FSIS nor Foster Farms has received any reports of illness or adverse reactions from consumption of the product. The turkey burger was produced on various dates between Dec. 28, 2011, and May 10, 2012, and was sold for institutional use in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington.

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