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More products are being recalled due to misbranding and undeclared allergens. This time, Custom Culinary, Inc., based in Oswego, Illinois, is recalling an estimated “9,444 pounds of chicken and beef base products” because the “products’ labels incorrectly identified the products as chicken, but may contain beef.” According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), the products might also “contain soy, a known allergen, which is not declared on the product label.”

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The issue itself was first discovered when “one of the company’s foodservice distributors was notified that a customer had received a case of the product with mislabeled jars.” It turns out that the jar the customer had opened was beef base labeled as chicken base. So how can customers tell if they have one of the recalled products? Well, the recall includes chicken and beef soup base items packaged on May 25, 2017, and include:

  • 6-lb. corrugate case “Molly’s Kitchen Soup Base Paste Beef Base Paste – NO MSG Added with a lot code of 72505 239497 or 72505 239498.
  • 1-lb. white plastic jars of “Molly’s Kitchen Chicken Base Paste / 301817 / No MSG Added with a lot code of 72505 239497 or 72505 239498

Additionally, the products also “bear establishment number EST. 2016 or EST. P-1278 inside the USDA mark of inspection,” and were shipped nationwide to a variety of food service distributors.

Fortunately, there have been no reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of the mislabeled products. In the mean time, customers who purchased the products are being advised to either throw them away or return “to the place of purchase.” Further questions can be directed to Scott Freitag, Vice President of Quality Systems & Regulatory, at (630) 299-0501.

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Custom Culinary, Inc. Recalls Chicken and Beef Products Due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens

Chicken, beef products recalled due to possible undeclared allergens

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