Undeclared allergens prompt two chicken recalls

by Erica Shaffer
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WASHINGTON – The Food Safety and Inspection Service of the US Department of Agriculture reported two recalls due to misbranding an undeclared allergen.

Primecut Meats in Phoenix recalled approximately 17,700 lbs. of chicken breast fritters because the products contain eggs which were not declared on the product label, FSIS reported. FSIS uncovered the problem during routine in-plant verification activities.

The agency said the products were produced on various dates before Jan. 23. Affected products include 4 lb. boxes of “Prime Poultry Chicken Breast Fritters.” The products bear the establishment number “P-27220” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The items produced were shipped to retail locations in Arizona and Colorado, FSIS said.

Aspen Foods, a division of Koch Foods, Inc. in Chicago recalled approximately 1,140 lbs. of chicken steak products that contain undeclared wheat and soy.

Consumers alerted the company to the problem, FSIS noted. Consumers complained that the Lemon Pepper flavored ChicNSteakes boxes actually contained Chicken Teriyaki flavored ChicNSteakes. Teriyaki ChicNSteakes contain soy and wheat allergens, which are not in the Lemon Pepper flavored ChicNSteakes.

The affected products include 2 lb. selling unit boxes containing vacuum-packages of “Market Day Teriyaki Flavored ChicNSteakes” in boxes labeled “Market Day Lemon Pepper ChicNSteakes.” The products were made on Dec. 13, 2014 and bear the establishment number “P-1358” inside the USDA mark of inspection. FSIS said the inner package and the selling unit boxes will have a Julian Date of “3464” and the outer box will have a pack date of 12/13/14. The items produced were shipped to distribution locations in Illinois for further distribution.

In both recalls, there have been no reports of illness or adverse reactions, FSIS added.
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