Meatballs recalled for undeclared eggwhites

March 12, 2006 at 11:54 am (Allergy News!)

New Jersey Firm Recalls Meatball Products Due to Undeclared Allergen
Recall Release CLASS II RECALL
FSIS-RC-008-2006 HEALTH RISK: LOW

Congressional and Public Affairs
(202) 720-9113
Amanda Eamich

WASHINGTON, March 7, 2006 – Unilever United States, Inc., of Englewood Cliffs, N.J., is voluntarily recalling approximately 560,604 pounds of meatball and pasta products due to an undeclared allergen (egg white lysozyme), the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.

The product labels do not specifically state that egg white lysozyme, an allergen, is an ingredient.

The following products are subject to recall:

  • 24-ounce bags of “BERTOLLI, MEATBALLS POMODORO & PENNE with peppers and onions in a tomato basil sauce, Complete Skillet Meal for Two.? Each label includes the establishment number, “EST. 21340? inside the USDA mark of inspection. Each label also includes one of the following best if used by dates: “SEP 14 06,? “DEC 01 06,? “DEC 16 06,? DEC 23 06,? “JAN 04 07,? “FEB 03 07? or “FEB 15 07.? (View Label; PDF only)

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.

The products were produced on various dates in September 2005, December 2005, January 2006 and February 2006 and sold to retail establishments nationwide.

National Custom Packaging, Inc., a Castroville, Calif., establishment (Est. 21340) serves as the co-packer for Unilever United States, Inc.’s Bertolli brand products and packaged these products subject to recall.

The problem was discovered by a supplier who then notified the company. FSIS has had no reports of illness due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an allergic reaction should contact a physician.

Consumers with questions about the recall should call the Bertolli toll-free recall hotline at (866) 837-7592. Media with questions about the recall should call Unilever United States, Inc., Associate Manager of Communications Sabrina Glavin at (877) 995-4483.

Consumers with food safety questions can call the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at (888) 674-6854. The hotline 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.

“Ask Karen” is the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day to answer your questions at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/
Food_Safety_Education/Ask_Karen/index.asp#Question
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NOTE: Access news releases and other information at the FSIS Web site at www.fsis.usda.gov

Last Modified: March 7, 2006

That was from the USDA.

FAAN worded it this way:

**THE FOOD ALLERGY & ANAPHYLAXIS NETWORK SPECIAL FOOD ALLERGY ALERT NOTICE**

EGG ALLERGY ALERT
March 9, 2006

Unilever United States, Inc. is recalling BERTOLLI, MEATBALLS POMODORO &
PENNE due to undeclared egg.

The product was sold in 24-ounce bags in retail establishments nationwide.

The product is identified as “BERTOLLI, MEATBALLS POMODORO & PENNE with
peppers and onions in a tomato basil sauce, Complete Skillet Meal for Two.?
The label includes the establishment number, “EST. 21340? inside the USDA
mark of inspection and one of the following best if used by dates: “SEP 14
06,? “DEC 01 06,? “DEC 16 06,? DEC 23 06,? “JAN 04 07,? “FEB 03 07? or “FEB
15 07.?

Consumers with questions should call the Bertolli toll-free recall hotline
at (866) 837-7592.

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