Food supplier Conagra Brands, Inc. recalled 717,338 pounds of canned spaghetti and meatballs on June 9 due to potential undeclared milk allergens. The recall affects eight brands including Chef Boyardee, Libby's, and Food Club.
The possible allergen was brought to Conagra's attention on June 6 when the company received a notice from a food supplier that an ingredient used in the products might contain milk, Fox News reports. The products in question only listed that they contained beef, poultry and pork in tomato sauce.
Conagra stated that there have been no reported illnesses as of yet. Still, the recall was classified as a Class I Recall, which according to the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) 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."
It appears the Conagra recall may be part of a wider recall affecting multiple brands of breaded chicken and fish. According to US Recall News, Slade Gorton & Co., Inc. recalled three types of breaded Tilapia after receiving word on June 6 from Newly Weds Foods, Inc., the company's bread supplier, that their product may contain undeclared milk.
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Giant Eagle, Inc. also recalled three products from their Giant Eagle and Market District brands. In addition to two brands of breaded Tilapia, the company recalled breaded chicken breast. US Recall News reports that the recall is part of the recall by Tilapia-manufacturer Slade Gorton and Gourmet Boutique LLC, which also manufactures chicken.
On June 9, Tyson Foods, Inc. recalled 2.4 million pounds of ready-to-eat chicken products. The FSIS report for the recall lists the same reason as the other recalls: a potential undeclared food allergen from a bread crumb supplier which was reported to them on June 6. The USDA says that some of the products had been already been purchased by schools, according to Tyson's records.
Although the FSIS news release for Conagra and Tyson did not specify the name of their company's bread supplier, an article by The Sacramento Bee claims that all the recalls are part of a larger bread recall affecting nine brands and dozens of products. Newly Weds Foods has yet to release a statement.
Together, the products comprise 9 percent of all USDA food recalls, says The Sacramento Bee. Despite the massive recall, there have been no reports of any illnesses associated with the recalled products.