Nick’s of Calvert, located in Prince Frederick, MD, on Wednesday recalled about 305 pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) meatballs because of misbranding and undeclared allergens, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).
More specifically, required information on where the product was produced or repackaged is missing from the labeling and the product contains the known allergens of eggs and milk, which are not listed on the label.
- 5-pound clear plastic packages containing “NICK’S Fully Cooked Italian Style Meatballs.”
The recalled product does not have a USDA mark of inspection, which is not required for products sold at retail and labeled under a retail exemption. Other typical identification markings, including best-before or use-by dates and processing or repackaging dates are also absent from the product labels.
The product was sold at retail locations in Maryland, according to the FSIS recall notice.
The problem was discovered when Nick’s of Calvert returned product to the official FSIS establishment that produced and originally packaged and labeled the product, where it was presented for re-inspection.
FSIS personnel observed that the products no longer contained the original label applied by the official FSIS establishment and that the new ingredient statement failed to declare the presence of milk and eggs.
No one is yet known to have suffered from adverse reactions because of consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about a reaction should contact a healthcare provider. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.
FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution lists will be posted on the FSIS website.
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