George’s Chicken Breast Strip Recall [US]


USDA RecallUS/Washington: George’s recalls approximately 29,200 pounds of Seasoned Raw, Chicken Breast Strips due to undeclared soy, a known allergen. USDA: http://ht.ly/uoZMd

Direct link: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/recalls-and-public-health-alerts/recall-case-archive/archive/2014/recall-018-2014-release

Additional information:
The United States Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) reports the following Chicken Breast Strips are subject to this recall:

  • George’s Boneless Skinless Breast Pieces W/Rib Meat, sold in 40-pound bulk cartons with a case code of 4790.

The products were produced and packaged from December 21 through December 23, 2013, and were sold to distributors in Tennessee and Iowa for further distribution. The recalled products bear the establishment number “P-13584” below the USDA Mark of Inspection and “Packed on” date in the format of “mm/dd/yy” on the carton label.

According to the USDA, a customer noticed that the product he received appeared to be seasoned, when it was in fact labeled as being simply Boneless, Skinless Breast Pieces. The company’s investigation found the mislabeling occurred when the George’s label was mistakenly applied to allergen containing products packaged nearby.

About Soy Allergies:
For some people, many foods have soy-based ingredients including edamame (soybeans in pods), hydrolyzed soy protein, miso, soy protein isolate, soy sauce, tamari, tempeh, teriyaki sauce, textured vegetable protein (“TVP”) and tofu. In addition, lax labeling laws in many countries allow manufacturers to use (but not declare) small amounts of soy in “artificial flavoring”, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, vegetable broth and others. Although levels of these allergens are comparatively small, they may cause dangerous allergic reactions, including Anaphylactic Shock.

Anaphylactic Shock could occur in consumers who are allergic to soy ingredients within a very short time, potentially leading to severe injury and/or death. If you suspect Anaphylactic Shock, call 9-1-1 or other local emergency number for immediate transport to a medical center.

If trained and an emergency kit is available, it may be appropriate to give an injectable drug such as Epinephrine (also known as adrenaline or adrenalin) to the affected individual. Trade names of these products include EpiPen, Twinject, Adrenaclick, Anapen, Jext, Allerject and Auvi-Q. Please note: even patients who are apparently stabilized should still go to hospital for emergency evaluation. Further treatment is often necessary.

You can learn more about food allergies from the US National Institutes of Health (“NIH”) at http://1.usa.gov/IZWUlm.

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USDA recall number: FSIS-RC-018-2014
Recalls Direct RIN: 3188-2014
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