Undeclared allergen in hot dogs

July 14, 2006 at 6:51 am (Allergy News!, recalls)

Michigan Firm Recalls Franks Due to Undeclared Allergen
Recall Release CLASS I RECALL
FSIS-RC-20-2006 HEALTH RISK: HIGH
Congressional and Public Affairs
(202) 720-9113
Tara Balsley

WASHINGTON, July 13, 2006 – ConAgra Foods®, a Quincy, Mich., firm, is voluntarily recalling approximately 16,716 pounds of jumbo franks due to an undeclared allergen (milk), the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.

The product label indicates that the package contains jumbo franks made with turkey and pork; however, the package may contain cheese smoked sausage made with pork and turkey. The cheese smoked sausage contains milk, a known allergen, which is not declared on the label.

The following product is subject to recall:

FOOD ALLERGIES

Consumers who have a food allergy, or severe food sensitivity, should always read ingredient labels. In restaurants, they should ask whether an allergy-causing ingredient is in the food.

A food allergy occurs when the immune system reacts to a certain food, usually within minutes after the food has been consumed.

Symptoms may include throat swelling, breathing trouble or a rash.

Strictly avoiding the allergy-causing food is the only absolute way to avoid a reaction.

Several foods account for 90% of allergic reactions. They include peanuts, tree nuts (walnuts, pecans, etc.), fish, shellfish, eggs, milk, soy, and wheat.

Persons who have a severe, life-threatening food allergy should always carry, and know how to administer, prescription epinephrine.

  • 16-ounce vacuum packages of “ECKRICH®, JUMBO FRANKS, MADE WITH TURKEY, PORK.” Each label bears the establishment number “1941” and the lot code “3F.” Each package also bears the manufacturer’s code “0549082306” and the sell by date, “AUG 23, 2006.” (View Labels) (PDF only)

The franks were produced on May 15, 2006, and were shipped to retail stores in Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and West Virginia. 

The problem was discovered by the company. FSIS has received no reports of illness due to consumption of this product. Anyone concerned about an allergic reaction should contact a physician.

Consumers with questions about the recall should contact the company toll-free, 24-hour information line at 1-866-344-6833. Media with questions about the recall should contact company Communications Director Tania Graves at (402) 595-6258.

Consumers with food safety questions can Ask Karen, the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at htt://www.fsis.usda.gov/ Food_Safety_Education/
Ask_Karen/index.asp#Question
. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and 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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NOTE: Access news releases and other information at the FSIS Web site at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/Fsis_Recalls/
Last Modified: July 13, 2006
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