Undeclared allergens prompt two recalls

by Erica Shaffer
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WASHINGTON – The Food Safety and Inspection Service reported two recalls initiated on concerns about undeclared allergens.

L&L Foods, Wilmington, Ohio, recalled approximately 30,665 lbs. of bacon bits that contain soy lecithin, which was not declared on the product label.

An FSIS inspector discovered the issue during a label review. A releasing agent used on contact surfaces during production included soy lecithin. The inspector noticed that the soy ingredient was not on the ingredients list.

Items subject to the recall include 0.5 oz. packages of "UNCURED BACON BITS" that were produced on various dates from Jan. 15 through March 10. The products bear the establishment number “Est. 45361” inside the USDA mark of inspection. FSIS said the bacon bits were shipped to other manufacturers in North Carolina and Ohio for further processing into salad kits.

In the second recall, Lakewood, NJ-based Bon Appetizers, LLC initiated a recall of approximately 10,429 lbs. of chicken products due to undeclared peanuts, according to FSIS.

Bon Appetizers were notified by its spice supplier that cumin used in the products may have been contaminated with peanut allergens. The appetizers, which include empanadas and quesadillas, were slated for food service and institutional use in Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Jersey and Texas, FSIS reported.

Products affected by the recall include:

  • Various weight bulk packages of “CUISINE INNOVATIONS CHICKEN EMPANADA” with production dates of 8/12/14.
  • Various weight bulk packages of “CUISINE INNOVATIONS CHICKEN QUESADILLA CORNUCOPIA (CHICKEN AND CHEESE FILLING IN FLOUR TORTILLA)” with production dates of 7/3/14, 10/14/14 and 10/15/14.
  • Various weight bulk packages of “RIDGECREST CHICKEN QUESADILLA CORNUCOPIA (CHICKEN AND CHEESE FILLING IN FLOUR TORTILLA)” with production dates of 7/16/14, 7/17/14, 11/18/14, 11/19/14 and 11/20/14.
  • Various weight bulk packages of “CULINARY SECRETS CHICKEN QUESADILLA CORNUCOPIA” with production dates of 7/1/14, 7/2/14, 7/3/14, 7/24/14, 7/26/14, 11/24/14, 11/25/15, 12/4/14 and 12/8/14.

In both cases, there have been no reports of illness or adverse reactions, the agency noted.

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