Millions of pounds of food — packaged under major brands including Libby’s, Tyson and Chef Boyardee and ranging from canned spaghetti and meatballs to frozen, ready-to-eat chicken strips — are under recall in the U.S. and Canada because of a labeling error by an unidentified bread crumb supplier.
The recalls started Thursday with an 87-ton recall of frozen burgers, meatballs and other raw and ready-to-eat beef products by Maid-Rite Specialty Foods LLC. In the following two days, eight more companies recalled fresh and frozen foods for a total of more than 3 million pounds of food pulled from retailers, restaurants, institutional kitchens and consumers’ homes for the lack of the word “milk” on the label.
Milk is a known allergen and federal law requires it to be declared on food labels. The recalls under FSIS jurisdiction are “Class I” status which is defined as: “This is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.”
All nine recalls, posted on the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) website, include the following language, except in one the word “crackers” is used instead of bread crumbs.
Recalled foods: click on the link for details
Conagra (several brands such as, Libby’s, Chef Boyardee, Del Pino’s etc.)
Complete list of recently recalled foods