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Texas Firm Recalls Chili Con Carne For Undeclared Ingredients And Allergen

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2003– Intermex Products USA Ltd., a Grand Prairie, Texas, establishment, is voluntarily recalling approximately 1,060 pounds of canned Chili con Carne that contain undeclared ingredients and an undeclared allergen (oats), the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.

The products subject to the recall are 15-ounce cans of "el Rio, SOUTHWESTERN STYLE, ALL NATURAL, CHILI CON CARNE, NO BEANS." Each product bears the establishment number "EST. 13172" inside the USDA seal of inspection. In addition, the following codes are listed on each can: "30ENE05" and "13172E1".

The products were produced on Jan. 30, 2002 and distributed to retail stores in Florida, Illinois and Ohio.

FSIS discovered the problem in response to a consumer complaint of an allergic reaction. An FSIS investigation revealed that the product contained ingredients that are not listed on the product label. The ingredients not included on the label are oats, modified food starch, corn meal, sugar and caramel color.

Anyone concerned about an illness or an allergic reaction should contact a physician.

"We urge consumers who are allergic to oats to check their canned goods for the recalled product," said Dr. Garry L. McKee, FSIS administrator. "If they find any of the product listed above, then consumers who are allergic should not eat this product but return it to the point of purchase."

Media with questions about the recall may contact David Hagli, company vice president, at (972) 660-2071. Consumers with questions about the recall may contact Susan Hurt, company director of technical services, at (972) 660-2071.

Consumers with other food safety questions can phone the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-800-535-4555. The hotline is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 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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Consumers who have a food allergy or severe food sensitivity should always read ingredient labels. In restaurants they should ask whether an allergy-causing ingredient is in the food.

A food allergy occurs when the immune system reacts to a certain food, usually within minutes after the food has been consumed.

Symptoms may include throat swelling, breathing trouble or a rash.

Strictly avoiding the allergy-causing food is the only absolute way to avoid a reaction.

Several foods account for 90% of allergic reactions. They include peanuts, tree nuts (walnuts, pecans, etc.), fish, shellfish, eggs, milk, soy, and wheat.

Persons who have a severe, life-threatening food allergy should always carry, and know how to administer, prescription epinephrine.

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