North Carolina Firm Recalls Meatloaf Entrées Due to Misbranding and an Undeclared Allergen
WASHINGTON, Dec. 15, 2011 - B. Roberts Foods, a Charlotte, N.C. establishment, is recalling approximately 130 pounds of individual serving meatloaf entrées because of misbranding and an undeclared allergen, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The product contains anchovies, a known allergen, which is not noted on the label.
The products subject to recall include:
- 17-oz. refrigerated packages of "Harris Teeter, Fresh Foods Market, American Cuisine, Meatloaf with Red Skin Mashed Potatoes."
The label on the top of each package correctly identifies the recalled products, but the bottom label of each package reads "Homestyle Meatloaf with Tomato Sauce." The bottom label bears the establishment number "EST. 19198" inside the USDA mark of inspection, as well as a use by date of "12/20/11." The product code "23431" also is stamped on the bottom label. The entrées were distributed to grocery stores in Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.
A grocery store employee discovered that the top and bottom labels on the entrees did not match. The grocery store reported the error to B. Roberts Foods, which found that the "Meatloaf with Red Skin Mashed Potatoes" entrées had been given bottom labels intended for "Homestyle Meatloaf with Tomato Sauce" due to an employee error. The recalled products are made with Worcestershire sauce that includes anchovies, which are allergenic and must be noted on the label.
FSIS and the company have received no reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. 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. Anyone who has purchased this recalled product should return it to the point-of-purchase.
Consumers and media with questions about the recall should contact the B. Roberts Foods' Quality Assurance manager, Gabriela González-Manning, at (704) 522-3554.
Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at 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 l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.
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