News Release

Rustico Foods Recalls Packaged Soup Products Produced Without Benefit of Inspection

Class I Recall 130-2015
Health Risk: High Oct 22, 2015
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Congressional and Public Affairs
Julie Schwartz 
(202) 720-0286
 

 

WASHINGTON, Oct. 22, 2015 – Rustico Foods, a Los Angeles, Calif. establishment, is recalling approximately 2,659 pounds of packaged soup products that were produced without the benefit of federal inspection and outside inspection hours, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The ready to eat soups were produced from Sept. 24, 2015, through Oct. 21, 2015. The following products are subject to recall: [View Labels (PDF Only)]        

  • 2-lb. individual plastic container of soup labeled “CHICKEN MATZO BALL.”
  • 1.6-lb. individual plastic container of soup labeled “CHICKEN MATZO BALL.”
  • 1.6-lb. individual plastic container of soup labeled “TURKEY CHILI WITH BEANS.”
  • 1.6-lb. individual plastic container of soup labeled “CHICKEN VEGETABLE.”

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “P-45180” inside the USDA mark of inspection. They also bear lot codes “Lot #2662015” through “Lot #2942015” on the bottom of the container and “Best By 10/21/15” through “Best By 11/18/15” stickers on the sides of the container. These items were shipped to retail establishments in southern California.                                 

The problem was discovered when an FSIS Consumer Safety Inspector identified return products that he did not have knowledge of being produced. An FSIS Enforcement Investigations and Analysis Officer then visited the establishment and determined that the establishment also produced some products outside of their approved hours of inspection.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about a reaction should contact a healthcare provider.  

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers 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 www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.

Consumers and media with questions about the recall can contact Jorge Castaneda, Plant Coordinator, at (213) 749-9670.

Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. 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 10 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: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.

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 Jun 08, 2016