ucm483586Figi’s Companies, Inc. of Marshfield, WI is recalling 8 ounce packages of “Classic Marzipan” because the ingredients are not properly labeled and the product contains undeclared almonds. People who have allergies to almonds run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. The recalled “Classic Marzipan” was distributed nationwide through mail orders and at one retail outlet. The product comes in a kraft colored corrugated container with red printed decorations including the Figi’s Logo. It is labeled with a white and red product label in the upper right hand corner that identifies the item as 100-0034-200 “Classic Marzipan” and has a code date in a smaller yellow box in the lower left hand corner of that label. The code date will read either “5 190”, “5 194”, “5 253” or “5 328.” The product itself is contained within a gold foil covered paperboard tray with a clear acetate cover. The package includes Figi’s Special Gift Notice/Product Guarantee that is preprinted on the reverse side with the Nutritional Facts Panel for “Assorted Fruit Shaped Marzipan” and identified with the part number 380-0034-515. The shipping container also contains a promotional coupon for a discount on a future order. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem. The recall was initiated after it was discovered that the almond containing product was not labeled with ingredients nor were the presence of almonds highlighted. Subsequent investigation indicates the problem was caused by a temporary breakdown in the company’s Bill of Material verification process. Production of the product has been suspended until the company is certain that the problem has been corrected.   (To sign up for a free subscription to Food Safety News, click here.)