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September 18th, 2019
Perdue Foods, LLC, a Perry, Ga. establishment, is recalling approximately 495 pounds of frozen ready-to-eat chicken products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The product contains wheat, a known allergen, which is not declared on the product label.
The frozen ready-to-eat chicken products are labeled as gluten free chicken breast tenders but contain chicken nugget products. The items were produced on August 30, 2019.
- 22-oz. resealable plastic bags containing “Simply Smart Organics CHICKEN BREAST TENDERS GLUTEN FREE” with “Best By: 08 29 20,” UPC Bar Code: 0-72745-80489-2, and time stamps of 00:30 to 01:00 (inclusive).
The products subject to recall bear establishment number “P-33944” on the package label. These items were shipped to distributors and retail locations in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.
Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Perdue Consumer Care at (866) 866-3703.
September 9th, 2019
Conagra Brands is voluntarily recalling a limited quantity (approx. 2,200 cases) of Udi’s Classic Hamburger Buns due to the potential presence of small pieces of white plastic. The company discovered the issue which occurred when a dough scraper was inadvertently incorporated into the production process for a small amount of the product.
The product covered by this recall was distributed for retail sale in the U.S. The specific product information is listed below. No other Udi’s or Conagra Brands products are impacted by this recall.
|Item Description||Case UPC||Item UPC||Bag Closure Code|
|UDI BUN CLSC BRGR 8/10.4Z||10-6-98997-80913-2||00-6-98997-80913-5||191971U|
The recalled product is sold in clear plastic bags and the UPC is located on the back of the bag in the lower right corner. The bag closure code can be found on the hard plastic closure for the bag. Consumers who have purchased this product are advised not to consume it and to either throw it away or return it to the store where originally purchased. There have been no reports of injuries due to consumption of this product to date.
Conagra Brands has informed the FDA of this recall and is working with customers to ensure the impacted product is removed from store shelves and is no longer distributed. Consumers with questions should call Conagra Brands Consumer Care team at 1-800-881-3989, open 9 a.m. through 5 p.m. CT, Monday through Friday.
August 26th, 2019
GFCO has become aware that Quest nutrition bars that are certified gluten-free are being sold with the following allergen statement:
“Contains Milk, Almonds, Wheat ** **Trace amounts are unavoidable in field grains. Oats used in this product are certified gluten-free.”
Wheat is not an intentionally-added ingredient in these products, and as such, GFCO has notified Quest that the wheat portion of the “Contains” statement, according to the FDA’s interpretation of FALCPA, which is provided below and can be found in this Q&A Page:
Is a major food allergen that has been unintentionally added to a food as the result of cross-contact subject to FALCPA’s labeling requirements?
No. FALCPA’s labeling requirements do not apply to major food allergens that are unintentionally added to a food as the result of cross-contact. In the context of food allergens, “cross-contact” occurs when a residue or other trace amount of an allergenic food is unintentionally incorporated into another food that is not intended to contain that allergenic food. Cross-contact may result from customary methods of growing and harvesting crops, as well as from the use of shared storage, transportation, or production equipment.
GFCO acknowledges that the inclusion of Wheat in the “Contains” statement for allergens presents an apparent contradiction of their gluten-free certification claim; however, GFCO regularly monitors the products and has confirmed that they are, in fact, gluten-free.
August 8th, 2019
GFCO has learned that Nuts.com was improperly using the GFCO logo on the following products:
|Roasted Cashews (Salted) – Single Serve||Asian Citrus Grass Fed Beef Jerky||Popped Lentils With Salt|
|Cheddar Half Popped Popcorn||Sweet Heat Grass Fed Beef Jerky||Ranch Popped Lentils|
|Parmesan Garlic Half Popped Popcorn||Buffalo Half Popped Popcorn||Gluten Free Vanilla Cookies|
|Kettle Corn Half Popped Popcorn||Dill Pickle Half Popped Popcorn||Gluten Free Ginger Snap Cookies|
|Classic Grass Fed Beef Jerky||Gluten Free White Rice Flour||Spicy Grass Fed Beef Jerky|
|Sesame Teriyaki Grass Fed Beef Jerky||Organic Chili Lime Mango||Small Celebrate Basket Boxes|
|Sweet BBQ Pork Jerky||Gluten Free Doughnut Mix|
|Cracked Pepper Turkey Jerky||Gluten Free Muffin Mix|
These products may still be publicly available for sale. Nuts.com has provided assurances that all of the labeling on newly released products has been changed and corrected. These products may be safe for consumption by gluten-free consumers, however consumers need to make that decision based on label reading and other means as necessary. You can refer to GIG’s bulletin for tips on reading labels,
August 8th, 2019
GFCO has learned that, prior to August 8, 2019, Farm Girl Club was using GFCO’s certification mark on their Nut Based Keto Bread Roll Mix, which is not certified gluten-free by GFCO. To our knowledge, Farm Girl Club has ceased using the certification mark on this product, however, if you purchased Farm Girl Club products prior to August 8, 2019, the non-GFCO-certified product may incorrectly bear a GFCO certification mark. This product may be safe for consumption by gluten-free consumers, however consumers need to make that decision based on label reading and other means as necessary. You can refer to GIG’s bulletin for tips on reading labels.