WASHINGTON – Smithfield Packaged Meats Corp., under the brand Stefano Foods in Charlotte, North Carolina, is recalling 24,048 lbs. of pepperoni five cheese calzones that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically pieces of hard, sharp, clear plastic, the US Dept. of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced on July 17.
FSIS discovered the problem after several consumers contacted Stefano Foods. Stefano Foods notified the agency on July 16. One consumer reported experiencing a small oral laceration during consumption of the product. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.
The calzones were produced on May 23. The following products are subject to recall:
• 8-oz. deli tray of “Stefano’s Calzone PEPPERONI FIVE CHEESE STUFFED WITH PEPPERONI AND A FIVE CHEESE BLEND,” with “Lot Code 14318B” on the individual packages and “USE BY DATE 1/18/2019” on the product cases.
The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. M-19140” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail stores nationwide.
FSIS is concerned that some product may be in consumers’ refrigerators or freezers. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.
Chicken salad recalled due to lack of inspection
Portland, Oregon-based New Seasons Market recalled an undetermined amount of ready-to-eat sesame noodle chicken salad products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the US Dept. of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced on July 16.
The products contain peanuts, known allergens, which are not declared on the product label. The items were shipped to retail locations in Oregon and Washington.
A New Seasons Market employee discovered the problem at the company’s retail store on July 14 and notified the FSIS of the problem.
The products were produced on July 13. The following product is subject to recall:
• 24-oz clear clamshell plastic containers with “NEW SEASONS SESAME NOODLE CHICKEN SALAD,” with a “BEST BY” date of “07/18/2018” on the label.
New Seasons Market operates a kitchen exempt from FSIS inspection and the products produced there do not bear a USDA establishment number on the packaging.
There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products.