Lipton Soup Recall due to undeclared milk

March 15, 2006 at 7:34 am (Allergy News!)

New Jersey Firm Recalls Chicken Noodle Soup Product Due To Undeclared Allergen
Recall Release CLASS I RECALL
FSIS-RC-10-2006 HEALTH RISK: HIGH
Congressional and Public Affairs
(202) 720-9113
Tara Balsley 

WASHINGTON, March 14, 2006 – Unilever United States, Inc., of Englewood Cliffs, N.J., is voluntarily recalling approximately 36,560 pounds of chicken noodle soup due to an undeclared allergen (milk protein), the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.

The product label does not specifically state that milk, an allergen, is an ingredient.

The following product is subject to recall:

  • 4.2 ounce boxes of “LIPTON® NOODLE SOUP-CHICKEN NOODLE with diced white chicken meat.” Each label includes the establishment number, “P-18569” inside the USDA mark of inspection. Each label also includes one of the following best if used by dates: “APR 27 07,” “APR 28 07,” “APR 29 07,” “MAY 02 07,” “MAY 03 07,” “MAY 04 07” or “MAY 05 07.” Each shipping case bears the code “4100000332.” Each box bears the code “413320.”

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 product was produced from February 1 through 9, 2006. The product was sold to retail establishments nationwide and shipped to military bases in the U.S.

The problem was discovered following a consumer complaint. FSIS has received 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 Lipton® Chicken Noodle Soup toll-free recall hotline at (866) 839-7008. Media with questions about the recall should call Unilever United States, Inc., Associate Manager of Communications Sabrina Glavan 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/
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NOTE: Access news releases and other information at the FSIS Web site at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/Fsis_Recalls/

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1 Comment

  1. Melanie said,

    Thank you for posting this, my nephew was almost killed by Lipton ! Lipton (Unilever) should be embarassed by what they did to him, the pain he went through and the fear his Parents had to go through because of them. No child should feel the pain that he has to endure on a daily basis! Thanks to Lipton, they set my nephew back for a lifetime of even more severe anaphylactic reactions. Signed, a very mad Aunt!

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