Undeclared allergens prompt two recalls

by Meat&Poultry Staff
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WASHINGTON – Two companies initiated recalls on misbranding and undeclared allergens, according to the US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Stehouwer's Frozen Foods, Grand Rapids, Mich. recalled 6,039 lbs. of Pigs in the Blanket products because of misbranding and an undeclared allergen, milk, which was not declared on the label. Wayne Farms, Decatur, Ala., recalled 2,320 lbs. of frozen honey barbecue chicken wing products because of misbranding and an undeclared allergen, egg, which was not declared on the label.

The Pigs in the Blanket products subject recall include:

• 13.5-lb. cases of "Stehouwer's Pigs in the Blanket." Each case contains 12 individual 18-oz. packages of "Stehouwer's Pigs in the Blanket." The products were produced on Sept. 27, 2012, Oct. 25, 2012, and Dec. 13, 2012, and they have use by dates of Sept. 27, 2013, Oct. 25, 2013, and Dec. 13, 2013.
• 5-lb. bulk packages of "Stehouwer's Pigs in the Blanket." These packages are labeled "FOR INSTITUTIONAL USE ONLY." They were produced on Oct. 25, 2012, and have the use by date of 102513.

Each case and package bears the establishment number "EST. 6814" inside the USDA mark of inspection. The products were distributed for institutional use and to retail stores in Michigan.

An FSIS inspector discovered the problem during a routine label review. The inspector saw that nonfat milk was listed as an ingredient in the mix used to make the dough for the product, but it was not listed on the final product label. FSIS said the ingredient supplier had changed its spice mix components in the time since Stehouwer's Frozen Foods had created labels for the Pigs in the Blanket products. FSIS and Stehouwer have not received reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products.

In the Wayne Farms recall, products include:

• 4-lb. bags of "GFS® Honey BBQ Flavored Chicken Wings" packed in 16-lb. cases

The cases bear the establishment number "P-33885" inside the USDA mark of inspection and a case code of 572160. The bags have a production date of "11/28/12" above "p#33885" printed on the package. The chicken wings were produced Nov. 28, 2012 and were shipped to a foodservice distribution center in Kentucky for distribution at the retail level in Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee, according to FSIS.

A customer discovered the problem while attempting to scan the product into inventory but was unable to. The chicken wings were produced with eggs and packaged in bags for product formulated without eggs. FSIS and Wayne Farms have received no reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products.

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