September 8, 2001
West Liberty Foods Recalls Ready-to-eat Butterball Turkey
York, PA (SafetyAlerts)
- The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service
announced that West Liberty Foods is recalling
approximately 410,000 pounds of a ready-to-eat luncheon meat because they
contain an undeclared allergen (milk protein).
is a known allergen. Persons who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to
the milk protein run the risk of possible allergic reactions if they consume
The product being recalled is 12-ounce packages of "BUTTERBALL Turkey
Variety Pack." Each package bears the UPC code "45300 29022" on the back of
the package and "P-5533" appears on the label inside the USDA seal of
inspection on the front of the package.
On the back of each package is a 3-line date code, which appears as follows:
"USE BY" on the first line, followed by "P-5533" on the second line, and a
date ranging from "OCT 18" through "NOV 25" on the third line.
The product was produced from July 30 through Sept. 5. It was distributed to
retail stores nationwide and was exported to Bermuda, Dominican Republic,
and Trinidad, West Indies.
"We urge consumers, especially those with known food allergies or
sensitivities, to check their refrigerators and freezers," said Thomas
Billy, FSIS administrator. "If they find any of the products listed above,
consumers should not eat them, but return them to the point of purchase."
The problem was discovered by the establishment, which then notified FSIS.
FSIS is not aware of any illnesses associated with consumption of the
product. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a physician.
Consumers with questions about the recall may contact West Liberty Foods
hotline number at (800) 414-4200. Media with questions may contact Julie
DeYoung, West Liberty director of communications, at (630) 512-1513.