News Release

Pennsylvania Firm Recalls Pretzel Dog Products Due To Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens

Class I Recall 079-2014
Health Risk: High Nov 15, 2014
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Congressional and Public Affairs
Katherine Scheidt
(202) 720-9113


WASHINGTON, Nov. 15, 2014 – City Line Foods Manufacturing Co., a Lancaster, PA. establishment, is recalling approximately 1,196,669 pounds of frozen pretzel hot dog products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The products contain soy lecithin, a known allergen which is not declared on the product label. 

The pretzel dogs were produced on various dates from February 14, 2014 to November 14, 2014. The following products are subject to recall: [View Label]

  • “Auntie Anne’s All Beef Classic Pretzel Dogs.
  • “Auntie Anne’s Fundraising Pretzel Dogs.”
  • “West Creek Black Angus Beef Pretzel Dogs.”
  • “Kunzler Pretzel Dogs.”
  • “Kunzler Turkey Pretzel Dogs.”
  • “Berks All Beef Pretzel Franks.”
  • “Nathan’s Famous Pretzel Dogs.”
  • “City Line Foods Pretzel Dogs.”

The products subject to recall bear the establishment number “EST. or P-34073” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These products produced were shipped nationwide for retail distribution and fundraising.This recall does not affect Auntie Anne's pretzel stores found in malls, airports and other venues nationwide.                             

The problem was discovered by FSIS personnel during a routine labeling review. FSIS inspectors found that a releasing agent used on contact surfaces during production included soy lecithin, which was not disclosed on the product label.

FSIS and the company have received no reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.  

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify theircustomers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at

Consumers and media with questions about the recall can contact Heather Neary, Auntie Anne’s Inc.’s Chief Marketing Officer at, at (717) 435-1558.

Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.govor via smartphone at The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) 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. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at:


Label, Recalled Product

USDA Recall Classifications
Class I This is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.
Class II This is a health hazard situation where there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product.
Class III This is a situation where the use of the product will not cause adverse health consequences.
Last Modified May 28, 2015