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Undeclared Egg Causes Caesar Salad Recall

Three companies — Taylor Farms of Tracy, CA; Triple B Corp. of Anchorage, AK; and So Ono Food Products of Honolulu, HI — have recalled chicken Caesar salads because the dressing includes egg, an allergen that is not noted on the label. Safeway sold the salads at many of its stores and has joined the recall.

Taylor Farms was the co-manufacturer of the salads. It discovered the problem after a consumer with an allergy to eggs had a reaction after consuming the Caesar salad. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to eggs run the risk of serious or life- threatening allergic reaction if they consume egg-containing products.

Taylor Farms has called back approximately 52,191 pounds of chicken Caesar salad kits, specifically:

— 7-oz. packages of “Taylor Farms CAESAR PASTA LAYERED SALAD WITH CHICKEN” bearing “P-34013” inside the mark of inspection and a sell by date through Sept. 3, 2011. The Taylor Farms Caesar pasta layered salads with chicken were distributed in Oregon, California and Washington. 

— 12-oz. plastic trays of “Signature Café GRILLED CHICKEN CAESAR SALAD” may or may not bear “P-34013” inside the mark of inspection and bears a sell by date through Sept. 3, 2011. The 12-oz. Signature Café salads were distributed in California.

Taylor also recalled 6.25-lb. cases of “Signature Café GRILLED CHICKEN CAESAR SALAD KIT” that went to retailers. 

The Signature Café salad kits, which were distributed nationwide, bear one of these marks of inspection: “P-34013” with a case code of 218804 or 218815, “P-34733” with a case code of 2300103, “P-34522” with a case code of 22019666637, and “P-34703” with a case code of 59348. These salads were produced from Aug. 9, 2011 to Aug. 24, 2011.

Triple B Corporation is recalling approximately 229 pounds of 12-oz. plastic containers of “Signature Café GRILLED CHICKEN CAESAR SALAD,” which were distributed to stores in Alaska. The salads have use-by dates of 08/25/11 through 08/30/2011; the use-by date are on a sticker in the top right corner of the package.

Each package bears a label with the establishment number “P-38458” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The salads were produced between Aug. 20, 2011 and Aug. 25, 2011. 

So Ono Food Products is recalling approximately 599 pounds of chicken Caesar salads sold at stores in Hawaii.  The 12-oz. plastic containers of “Signature Café GRILLED CHICKEN CAESAR SALAD” have use-by dates of 08/26/11 through 09/02/2011; the use-by dates are on a sticker in the top left corner of the package.

Each package bears a label with the establishment number “P-38540” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The salads were produced between Aug. 18, 2011 and Aug. 25, 2011.

In addition, So Ono is recalling 9.5-oz. containers of “SO ONO FRESH CAESAR SALAD WITH CHICKEN,” with a Use By date of 09/01/11 through 09/04/11 located on a sticker in the top left corner of the package. The additional products subject to this expansion and marked with an asterisk above were produced between Aug. 25, 2011 and Aug. 29, 2011 and were distributed to retail grocery stores, including stores on military bases in Hawaii.

The salad dressing that is part of the Aug. 30 recall expansion is from a different supplier than Taylor Farms. The mislabeled additional products were discovered during an investigation by an FSIS in-plant inspector conducted as a result of the August 26 recall.  

In cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s recall of the chicken caesar salads produced by Taylor Farms, So Ono Food Products and Triple B Corporation, Safeway  voluntarily recalled salads supplied by the three companies. The recalled Signature Cafe Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad was sold at all Safeway and Safeway-owned stores, including Carrs, Dominick’s, Genuardi’s, Pak ‘N Save, Pavilions, Randalls, Tom Thumb and Vons.

 The product has the following UPC and use-by dates in the indicated states:

— All states except Alaska and Hawaii:  UPC code no. 21130-06250, use-by dates: 8/20/2011 to 9/4/2011 

— Alaska: UPC code no. 21130-06250, use-by dates: 8/20/2011 to 8/30/2011 

— Hawaii: UPC code no. 21130-06915, use-by dates: 8/20/2011 to 9/1/2011

The salad is packaged in a green plastic tray with a clear plastic lid. The dressing packet is inside the container. While the dressing packet contains eggs, the salad itself does not have eggs as an ingredient.

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