A food company in Piston, Pennsylvania, is recalling 35,459 pounds of chicken fried rice products from across the US due to undeclared dairy.
The skillet meals, manufactured by Choice Canning Company, did not list milk as one of its ingredients on the label, the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) said on Monday.
According to the release, the mislabeled products were shipped to stores in California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia.
The USDA classified the recall as Class I, meaning consuming the meals could lead to death for those with a milk allergy.
Choice Canning Company, in Piston, Pennsylvania, recalled 35,459 pounds of chicken fried rice skillet meals (pictured) on Monday
Vice president of operations for Choice Canning, Nithin Poulose, told The Citizen’s Voice that the company usually makes the product with scrambled eggs from a supplier that don’t contain milk.
However, in this instance, a different supplier was used and the company was not told that these scrambled eggs contained milk.
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The mislabeling was discovered on Monday after officials from FSIS were conducting a standard label verification.
However, no customer has reported suffering an adverse reaction from consuming the stove-cooked meal.
It’s unclear from the release how many individual bags this recall affects, but the Miami Herald reports that 25,788 bags were recalled on Monday night.
The 22-ounce bags are labeled FUSIA Asian Inspirations, Chicken Fried Rice, Complete Skillet Meal and were packaged either February 13, 2019 or February 19, 2019.
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They also have best-if-used by dates of either August 13, 2020 or August 19, 2020.
According to the release, any affected products will bear the establishment number P-45217 inside the USDA mark of inspection.
The company failed to list milk, a known allergen, as one of its ingredients on the label (above)
Consumers who purchased the products are urged to throw them away or return them to where they were bought for a refund.
Customers are asked to call Frank Joyce, the senior quality assurance manager for Choice Canning, at 1-570-569-2662 during business hours with any questions.
So far, the USDA has issued recalls for 22 food products since the beginning of 2019.
However, this is the fourth recall to occur in five days due to undeclared allergens or salmonella.
Last Friday, Hometown Food Co, the parent company of Pillsbury, issued a voluntary recall for more than 12,000 cases of Pillsbury Unbleached All Purpose Flour over a potential salmonella contamination.
On Saturday, Conagra Brands, Inc – the parent company of Chef Boyardee – recalled 2,871 pounds of food after beef ravioli was accidentally packed in the pots for rice with chicken and vegetables.
And on Tuesday, Carnivore Meat Company in Franklin, Tennessee, recalled nearly 400 pounds of raw ground beef and pork sausage after failing to declare that soy was an ingredient on the product labels.