N. Carolina firm recalls chicken quesadillas

by Meat&Poultry Staff
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WASHINGTON – Stefano Foods, Inc., a Charlotte, NC firm, is recalling approximately 3,744 lbs. of a chicken quesadilla product because of misbranding and an undeclared allergen, according to the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The product contains isolated soy protein, a known allergen, which is not declared on the label.

The chicken quesadilla product being recalled comes in 18-lb. cases, each containing 12, "QUESADILLA CHICK INS 12/24OZ," with an identifying case code of "F2829" and use by date of "03/31/2013." The product subject to recall bears the establishment number "EST. P-19140" inside the USDA mark of inspection. The product was produced on Aug. 3, 2012, and shipped to a distributor in Georgia for further sale at retail locations.

The problem was discovered by the company during a routine internal audit and may have occurred as a result of a change in the chicken and spice mix used in the product. FSIS and the company have received no reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and to ensure that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.

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