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Chicken Strip Recall, Not Gluten-Free, Mislabeled

In a nutshell: Chicken strips have an undeclared ingredient of wheat which could be problematic or even deadly to people allergic to wheat or are not gluten tolerant.

John Soules Foods, Inc., a Tyler, Texas, establishment, is recalling approximately 8,496 pounds of cooked chicken strip products. The chicken products may contain an undeclared allergen, wheat, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today. Wheat is a known allergen, which is not declared on the label.

The following products are subject to recall: (PDF)

24-ounce bags of “John Soules Foods FULLY COOKED CHICKEN BREAST STRIPS WITH RIB MEAT, Italian Style, GLUTEN FREE.” Each bag bears the establishment number “P-2128” inside the USDA mark of inspection. Additionally, the UPC code “034695 123973” as well as the “USE BY” date of “Dec 27 08” or “Jan 2 09” are included on the back of the bag.

24-ounce bags of “John Soules Foods FULLY COOKED CHICKEN BREAST STRIPS WITH RIB MEAT, Rotisserie Style, GLUTEN FREE.” Each bag bears the establishment number “P-2128” inside the USDA mark of inspection. Additionally, the UPC code “034695 123980” as well as the “USE BY” date of “Dec 27 08” or “Jan 2 09” are included on the back of the bag.

The chicken products were produced on Nov. 7 and 13, 2008, and were distributed to retail establishments in Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Missouri, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

The problem was discovered by the company. 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 contact company Director of Quality Assurance Mark Andersen at (903) 245-3208.

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