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Arkansas firm recalls chicken product due to misbranding and undeclared allergen

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This is a Class One recall (Class I Recall 018-2014a). A Class One Recall refers to a high health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death. According to a March 7, 2014 news release from the US Department of Agriculture, FSIS, "Arkansas Firm Recalls Chicken Products Due To Misbranding and Undeclared Allergen," George’s Inc., a Springdale, Ark. establishment, is recalling approximately 29,200 pounds of seasoned raw, chicken breast strips due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced on March 7, 2014.

The products are formulated with soy protein, a known allergen, and monosodium glutamate (MSG). However, the product was released with a label for George’s boneless skinless breast pieces with rib meat, which does not declare soy or MSG on the label. The FSIS is the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service.

The products subject to recall bear the label:

  • 40 lb. bulk cartons of “GEORGE’S BONELESS SKINLESS BREAST PIECES W/RIB MEAT” with case code 4790.

The products were produced and packaged from Dec. 21 through Dec. 23, 2013, and were sold to distributors in Tennessee and Iowa for further distribution. The recalled products bear the establishment number “P-13584” below the USDA Mark of Inspection and “Packed on” date in the format of “mm/dd/yy” on the carton label.

The problem was discovered after the company received a customer complaint of incorrectly labeled product. The customer noticed that the product they received appeared to be seasoned, when it was labeled as being simply boneless, skinless breast pieces.

The company’s investigation found that the mislabeling occurred when the George’s label was mistakenly applied to allergen containing products packaged nearby

FSIS and the company have received no reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about a reaction should contact a healthcare provider.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. “Ask Karen” live chat services are available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET. Check out the FSIS website or the March 7, 2014 news release, "Arkansas Firm Recalls Chicken Products Due To Misbranding and Undeclared Allergen," to see the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline, available in English and Spanish. The Meat and Poultry Hotline can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.

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