A terrible start to the year 2014! Around 1.77 million pounds of shelf-stable pasta and ground beef products are being pulled back from the market by Truitt Brothers Inc., an East Bernstadt, Kentucky-based establishment.
The recall has been initiated due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The food items contain hydrolyzed soy protein and dried soy sauce, two acknowledged allergens, which are not stated on some labels.
The affected products
The company is withdrawing nine-ounce microwaveable container of Kraft Velveeta Cheesy Skillets Singles – Ultimate Cheeseburger Mac, a macaroni and cheese product.
Labels on the affected items are stamped “Use By/Sell By date code of 02 MARCH 2014 – 23 OCT 2014.” Identifying case codes are: 00210000432900, 00210000432910, 00210000432925, 00210000464000 and 00210000465100.
The recalled items were produced between May 6, 2013 and Jan. 16, 2014 and were shipped to Kraft Foods distribution center and retail centers throughout the nation. However, no other Velveeta or Kraft products have been affected by the recall.
Problem unearthed during routine safety check
The issue of misbranding was uncovered during a routine quality check drive by the company, who subsequently contacted the FSIS food inspectors for a more thorough scrutiny.
According to the company, the problem occurred due to an error by a label supplier who accidentally mixed labels with incorrect ingredient formulations. Although the allergens contained in the affected goods could be hazardous to health of consumers, no adverse event linked to the products has emerged so far.
Meanwhile, the agency is urging anyone apprehensive about a reaction to contact a healthcare provider. Consumers in possession of the recalled products are advised to return them to the point of purchase for a full refund.
Consumers with food safety queries can get in touch with the Kraft Foods Consumer Relations Center at 1-800-396-5512.