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