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CA Firm Recalls Chicken Sausages for Undeclared MSG, Misbranding

Wycen Foods Inc., a San Leandro, CA, establishment, is recalling approximately 809 pounds of Chinese-style chicken sausages, a dried snack food, because they are misbranded and contain monosodium glutamate (MSG), which is not declared on the label, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Thursday.

The following product is subject to recall:

  • Individual “Chinese Style Chicken Sausage.”

The products were produced June 12, Aug. 14, Sept. 4, and Oct. 24, 2013, and were sold at a single San Francisco retail location. The products have a shelf life of one year. Some consumers may refrigerate, continue to air dry or freeze them.

The problem was discovered by FSIS during a label verification activity. The problem occurred when the company changed the product’s formulation to include MSG, but neglected to list the ingredient on the label.

FSIS and the company have received no reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about a reaction should contact a healthcare provider.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and to ensure that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.

Media and consumers with questions about the recall should contact the company’s chief operating officer, Cynthia Wong, at (510) 351-1988.

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  • James Cooper

    That is because there is no scientific evidence that anyone has an MSG allergy. It is just a myth. And MSG occurs naturally in tomatoes, peas, broccoli, and cheese.

    • Andrea Winship

      Excess amounts of MSG is an excitotoxin to the brain and can cause unpleasant effects after ingestion; a feeling of being “stoned” or light headed. A steady diet of MSG can lead to a variety of neurological disorders.

      • James Cooper

        Sorry, that is just a myth without any scientific research to support it. In fact research challenging those self-identified as MSG sensitive showed that they could not distinguish MSG samples from those without. And the Japanese have a large amount of MSG in their diets and are one of the healthiest populations in the world.