WASHINGTON, Feb. 11, 2002 – ConAgra
Grocery Products Co., a Milton, Pa., establishment, is voluntarily
recalling approximately 386,000 pounds of canned ravioli because it
contains an undeclared allergen – soy protein – and is incorrectly
labeled, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection
Service announced today.
Soy protein is a known allergen. Persons who have an allergy or severe
sensitivity to soy protein run the risk of possible allergic reactions if
they consume this product.
The product being recalled is 15-ounce cans of "Chef BOYARDEE 99%
Fat Free CHEESE Ravioli in Tomato Sauce," which actually contain
15-ounces of beef ravioli. The bottom of each can bears the establishment
code "794," followed by the case code "J17101 RF."
The ravioli was produced on Oct. 17, 2001 and distributed to retail
establishments nationwide. The product was also exported to Haiti,
Guatemala and Bermuda.
"We urge consumers, especially those allergic or sensitive to soy,
to check their cupboards and pantries," said Margaret O’K. Glavin,
acting FSIS administrator. "If they find the product listed above,
consumers should not eat it, but return it to the point of purchase."
ConAgra identified the labeling problem after customers notified the
company of the mislabeling.
Consumers with questions about the recall may contact ConAgra’s
consumer hotline at (800) 414-2500. Media with questions may contact Kay
Carpenter, Corporate Communications, at (949) 437-1144.
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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