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Allergen Alert: Anchovies in the Meatloaf

B. Roberts Foods of Charlotte, NC, is recalling approximately 130 pounds of meatloaf entrées because of misbranding and an undeclared allergen, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Thursday.

The meatloaf was made with Worcestershire sauce that includes anchovies, a known allergen, which is not noted on the label. 

A grocery store employee discovered that the top and bottom labels on the entrées did not match — “Meatloaf with Red Skin Mashed Potatoes” entrées had mistakenly been given bottom labels intended for “Homestyle Meatloaf with Tomato Sauce.”

FSIS and the company have received no reports of adverse reactions.

The recall is for:


– 17-oz. refrigerated packages of “Harris Teeter, Fresh Foods Market, American Cuisine, Meatloaf with Red Skin Mashed Potatoes.”

The label on the top of each package correctly identifies the recalled products, but the bottom label of each package reads “Homestyle Meatloaf with Tomato Sauce.” The bottom label bears the establishment number “EST. 19198” inside the USDA mark of inspection, as well as a use-by date of 12/20/11. The product code 23431 is stamped on the bottom label. To view the product and labels go here.

The entrées were distributed to grocery stores in Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Washington, D.C. 

For more information contact the B. Roberts Foods’ Quality Assurance manager, Gabriela González-Manning, at 704-522-3554.

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