New York Firm Recalls Fresh Mozzarella with Chorizo & Cilantro Products Due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allergen
WASHINGTON, May 2, 2013 - Mongiello Italian Cheese Specialties, DBA, Formaggio Italian Cheese Specialties, a Hurleyville, N.Y., establishment, is recalling approximately 234 pounds of fresh mozzarella with chorizo and cilantro products because of misbranding and an undeclared allergen, soy, which is not declared on the label.
The product subject to recall includes: [Label]
- 8-oz. packages of "FORMAGGIO Authentic Hand Rolled Fresh Mozzarella with Chorizo & Cilantro" bearing the establishment number "EST. 34483" inside the USDA mark of inspection with "Use by Dates" prior to 5/31/2013.
The products were produced and packaged on various dates prior to March 28, 2013, and distributed to retail stores in New Jersey and New York.
The problem was discovered by FSIS during a recent Food Safety Assessment. The problem occurred when the company changed chorizo suppliers. FSIS and the company have received no reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of this product. Anyone concerned about a reaction should contact a healthcare provider.
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/FSIS_Recalls/Open_Federal_Cases/.
Consumers with questions about the recall should contact Ricky Pagan, Senior Vice President of Operations, at (845) 436-4200, ext. 129. Media with questions about the recall should contact James Riley, Vice President of Media, at (845) 436-4200, ext. 117.
Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at www.AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. "Ask Karen" live chat services are available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET. 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. ET Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.
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