Chicken soup recalled from 350 Texas grocery stores after officials discovered it contains unlabeled wheat and soy that could trigger deadly allergic reactions
- Canyon Creek Soup Company recalled chicken soup produced in Canada but distributed exclusively in the US
- The company failed to list wheat and soy, both known allergens, as ingredients on the label
- The Simple Butter Chicken Soup was sold at H-E-B retail stores in Texas
- No customers have reported falling ill or suffering an allergic reaction from consuming the soup
Packages of chicken soup sold under the H-E-B brand have been recalled in Texas due to undeclared ingredients.
The soup cartons did not list wheat and soy as two of the ingredients on the label, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) said in a release.
The products are made by Canyon Creek Soup Company in Canada, but are imported distributed exclusively in the US, specifically to 350 H-E-B stores in Texas.
The USDA classified the recall as Class I, because consuming the soup could lead to death for those with a wheat or soy allergy.
However, health officials say no one has reported any ‘adverse reactions’ from consuming the soup.
Canyon Creek Soup Company, which makes H-E-B soup in Canada but distributes it exclusively in Texas, recalled it’s Butter Chicken Soup (pictured) after failing to declare wheat and soy as two ingredients
The mislabeling was discovered after the Canadian Food Inspection Agency notified the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).
According to the release, the Canadian agency received consumer complaints, but did not state when the complaints occurred or how many people complained.
The recalled 16-ounce plastics containers are labeled H-E-B MEAL SIMPLE BUTTER CHICKEN SOUP.
The soup was produced on January 21, 2019 and has a best-by-date of January 21, 2020.
Any affected products have a UPC code of 0 41220 79872 8 and will have the establishment number #422 inside the Canada mark of inspection.
Consumers who purchased the products are urged to throw them away or return them to where they were bought for a refund.
Neither Canyon Creek Soup Company nor H-E-B have issued a statement about the recalled soup.
Customers with additional questions are asked to call Canyon Creek Soup Company hotline at (888) 217-1246.
This is the third USDA recall to occur over the course of a month due to brandishing or undeclared allergens.
In mid-November, Creative Food Processing in Santa Clara, California recalled nearly 2,000 pounds of raw chicken products after failing to declare that wheat was an ingredient on the product labels.
And later that month, Blue Grass Quality Meats, in Erlanger, Kentucky, recalled about 121,000 of pork bacon and ready-to-eat turkey products after not including soy on the ingredient list.
Wheat and soy are among a group of eight foods – including egg, fish, milk, peanut, shellfish and tree nuts – that account for roughly 90 percent of all food allergies in the US.
People with a wheat allergy are allergic to at least one of the proteins found in wheat products.
About 65 percent of children with a wheat allergy outgrow it by age 12, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.
Meanwhile, soy allergies usually begin in infancy after babies suffer an allergic reaction to soy-based infant formula, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Similarly to wheat allergies, most children outgrow soy allergies and don’t carry them into adulthood.