By: James Peacock
Yesterday, June 8, saw three separate recalls posted by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). All three recalls dealt with meat products, which fall under the purview of FSIS. All three recalls were caused by milk not being properly declared on the product labels. Interestingly, the undeclared milk was found in bread crumbs used by each company. In each situation, another, unidentified company supplied the bread crumbs. At this point, it is unclear whether the recalls are connected, though it may appear that way. All three recalls are also classified as “Class I” recall, meaning that there is a reasonable probability that the recalled products would produce serious health effects if consumed.
Water Lilies Food Inc.
The first of these recalls affected ready to eat breaded chicken products produced by Water Lilies Food Inc. The Astoria, New York based establishment is recalling about 4300 pounds of product as a result of the undeclared milk potentially found in the bread crumbs. The Ahold Wedge brand spicy chicken tenders under recall were produced on several different dates including March 24, March 27, and March 28, 2017. These products were packaged in 10 ounce boxes, and labeled as “AHOLD WEDGE Spicy chicken strips fully cooked chicken breast tenders fritter with spicy seasoning.” The recalled products were shipped to Virginia, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The chicken tenders can be identified by the establishment number “P-21465A”, which is found in the USDA mark of inspection. The problem was first identified on June 6, when a notification from Water Lilies’ breadcrumb supplier stated that there might be an undeclared contamination. There have been no reports of adverse effects linked to consuming these recalled chicken tenders.
Aldon Food Corp.
The second recall to be caused by potential undeclared milk contamination came from Aldon Food Corporation. This company, based in Schwenksville, Pennsylvania, is recalling more than 18,500 pounds of chicken salad products. These products had production dates between January 1 and May 31, 2017. There are five different products affected by this recall, the first of which are 5 pound plastic tubs of Block and Barrel Imperial White Meat Chicken Salad. These recalled chicken salad products have use-by dates between May 22, 2017 and June 27, 2017. The second product under recall is 5 pound tubs of Market Source White Meat Chicken Salad with use-by dates from May 22, 2017 to June 27, 2017. Third, Don’s Salads White Meat Chicken Salad, packaged in 5 pound tubs is being recalled. The chicken salads under recall were labeled with use-by dates between May 22 and June 27, 2017. The fourth product recalled by Aldon Food Corporation is 5 pound tubs of Hymie’s White Meat Chicken Salad. These salads have use-by dates between March 22 and June 20, 2017. Lastly, the recall also names Don’s Salads Chicken Waldorf Salad Made with White Meat Chicken as an affected product. The 5 pound tubs of salad were labeled with use-by dates between May 22, 2017 and June 20, 2017. All of these products are marked with the establishment number “P-8429” inside the USDA’s mark of inspection. The problem with the salads was uncovered on June 6, when Aldon Food Corporation received a letter that stated that bread crumbs used in the product may have undeclared milk. The recalled salad products were distributed to distributors in Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Ohio. If the products were sent to distributors, it is the responsibility of the distributor to notify any retailers or consumers that that distributor may have sent the product to about the recall. There have been no reports of reaction connected to these products.
Maid-Rite Specialty Foods
The third recall initiated because of undeclared milk affected beef products. Quite a variety of products were recalled. The recalled beef products are depicted in the table below. Maid-Rite Specialty Foods, of Dunmore, Pennsylvania, recalled about 174000 pounds of beef products. Both raw and ready-to-eat products were recalled, and these products were produced between March 13 and May 26, 2017. Maid-Rite products under recall have one of two establishment numbers: EST. 77 or EST. 118. These establishment numbers can be found in the USDA mark of inspection. The products were shipped to institutional locations throughout Canada and the United States. The problem with the products, much like in the previous two recalls, was first uncovered when Maid-Rite received a letter on June 6 from their supplier of bread crumbs that stated that there might be a contamination due to undeclared milk. There have not been any adverse reactions linked to this recall.
|Box Size||Case Code||Lot Numbers|
|Fully Cooked Beef Burgers||30 pounds||83353-52980||04/04/17|
|Fully Cooked Beef Burgers||30 pounds||83353-52981||03/31/17|
|Fully Cooked Beef Burgers||30 pounds||83353-52982||03/31/17|
|Fully Cooked and Charbroiled Salisbury Steak||10 pounds||48339-44914||03/31/17|
|Our Homestyle Big-N-Beefy Patties||10 pounds||70804-35001||03/20/17|
|Fully Cooked Beef Steakette for Salisbury||10 pounds||75156-34914||04/27/17|
|Fully Cooked and Charbroiled Salisbury Steak||10 pounds||48339-44913||03/16/17|
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