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Idaho Establishment Recalls Canned Soup Because of Incorrect Labels

WASHINGTON, Jan. 20, 2002 – Chiquita Processed Foods, LLC, a Payette, Idaho, establishment, is voluntarily recalling approximately 8,900 pounds (9,200 cans) of canned soup that is incorrectly labeled, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.

The products subject to recall are:

  • Cans mislabeled as "S&W GARBANZO BEANS" (15.5 ounces on the label), which actually contain 14.5 ounces of chicken parmesan with pasta soup. The product contains the package code "978P8/C306" and establishment code "P6166" on top of each can. The product was produced on November 2, 2001, and was distributed to retail establishments in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.
  • Cans mislabeled as "S&W PINTO BEANS" (15 ounces on the label), which actually contain 14.5 ounces of chicken with rice soup. The product contains the package code "897P8/C263" and establishment code "P6166" on top of each can. The product was produced on September 20, 2001, and was distributed to retail establishments in Arizona, California, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington.
  • Cans mislabeled as "S&W KIDNEY BEANS" (15.25 ounces on the label), which actually contain 14.5 ounces vegetable beef soup. The product bears the code "965P8/C313" and establishment code "6166" on the top of each can. The product was produced on Nov. 2, 2001, and distributed to retail stores in California.

"We urge consumers to check their cupboards and pantries," said Margaret O’K. Glavin, acting FSIS administrator. "If they find any of the products listed above, consumers should return them to the point of purchase."

A consumer complaint on Jan. 4, 2002 initiated the discovery of the problem.

FSIS has received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of this product. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a physician.

Media with questions about the recall may contact Bob Brill, the company’s vice president and legal counsel, (608) 846-8206. Consumers with questions about the recall may contact Nancy Graves, the company’s quality assurance director, at (715) 243-8320.

Consumers with food safety questions can phone the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at l-800-535-4555. The hotline can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday, and recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.

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FSIS AND LABELS

FSIS requires that labels must be informative, truthful, and accurate.

FSIS is responsible for verifying that labels bear mandatory features and other required information in a conspicuous and legible manner.

FSIS wants to ensure that incorrectly labeled products are kept out of consumers’ hands by identifying and removing them from the marketplace as quickly and efficiently as possible.

FSIS wants consumers to be aware of the possibility of economic adulteration and have sufficient information to identify such mislabeled products and take action.




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