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Healthy Food Blog: Smoked Chicken Recall

In a nutshell: The product was labeled gluten-free on one side but the ingredients had wheat and soy. Why is there filler in smoked chicken sausage?

From the FDA press release alert

WASHINGTON- March 24, 2009 – Engelhart Gourmet Foods, Inc., a Fairfield, Ca. establishment is recalling approximately 3,456 pounds of a smoked chicken sausage product because the product may contain an allergen, wheat, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.

Wheat is a known potential allergen and the product is mislabeled as the front of the package states “NO GLUTEN.” However, the ingredients statement on the back of the package indicates that the product “CONTAINS SOY AND WHEAT.”

The following products are subject to recall
48-ounce vacuum-sealed packages of “ALL NATURAL CHEF BRUCE Aidells Fully Cooked Spicy Mango with Jalapeño: Smoked Chicken Sausage with Mango and Jalapeño Pepper.”

Each label bears establishment number “P-6024” inside the USDA mark of inspection, as well as the product item number “360278,” which is located on the back of the package directly below the list of ingredients. Packages are marked with Use or Freeze by Dates “5/4/09” and “5/11/09.”

The product was produced on March 6 and 12, 2009 and was distributed to retail establishments in the Los Angeles metropolitan area.

The problem was discovered by the establishment. FSIS has received no reports of illness due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an allergic reaction should contact a physician.

Consumer questions regarding the product should be directed to Kerry Heffernan with Aidells Sausage Co. at 1-800-546-5795, ext. 228.

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