Misbranding leads to recall

by MEAT+POULTRY Staff
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WASHINGTON – A misbranding issue has led to chicken recall by Big Easy Foods Louisiana Cuisine Inc., according to the US Dept. of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). Lake Charles, La.-based Big Easy Foods is recalling approximately 93,006 lbs. of raw and cooked stuffed chicken product which contains wheat, a known allergen not declared on the product label.

The problem was discovered on June 8 when FSIS personnel observed that the chicken stuffing was formulated with an ingredient that contained wheat gluten.

The following products are being recalled:

• 3-pound chipboard cartons of Big Easy Foods’ “Boneless Stuffed Chicken with Pork Sausage and Potato Stuffing” with sell by dates of June 9, 2015, through June 8, 2017.
• 3-pound chipboard cartons of Big Easy Foods’ “Fully Cooked Boneless Stuffed Chicken with Pork Sausage and Potato Stuffing” with sell by dates of July 21, 2013, through April 11, 2015.

The products were produced on various dates from June 9, 2013, through June 9, 2015 and bear the establishment number “13251” inside the USDA mark of inspection with the sell by date printed on the product label. The products were shipped to retail outlets in Louisiana, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, New Jersey, Arizona, Florida and Tennessee.

FSIS said there have been no reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of the products.
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