February 8, 2002
Ohio Firm Has Recalled "HEALTHY CHOICE OLD
FASHIONED Chicken Noodle SOUP
Archbold, Ohio (SafetyAlerts)
- United States Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection
Service, (FSIS) said that ConAgra Grocery Products Co. has recalled
approximately 408,000 pounds of canned soup because it contains an
undeclared allergen – whey protein (milk) – and is incorrectly labeled, the
U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service
Whey protein is a known allergen. Persons who have an allergy or severe
sensitivity to whey protein run the risk of possible allergic reactions if
they consume this product.
The product being recalled is 15-ounce cans of "HEALTHY CHOICE OLD FASHIONED
Chicken Noodle SOUP," which actually contain 15-ounces of turkey and rice
soup. The top of each can is embossed with a package code beginning with
"15EN" followed by another number (1-8). The top of each can also bears the
establishment code "P91."
The canned soup was produced on May 14, 2001 and distributed to retail
establishments nationwide. The soup was also exported to Anguilla, Antigua,
Aruba, Bahamas, Belize, Bermuda, Curacao, Dominican Republic, Granada, Hong
Kong, Jamaica, Malaysia, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Samoa, St. Croix, St.
Thomas, Trinidad, and Venezuela.
"We urge consumers, especially those with known food allergies or
sensitivities, to check their cupboards and pantries," said Margaret O’K.
Glavin, acting FSIS administrator. "If they find the product listed above,
consumers with allergies to whey protein should not eat it, but return it to
the point of purchase."
ConAgra identified the labeling problem after receiving several consumer
complaints. Further investigation by the company’s Quality Assurance
determined that this mislabeled product contained an undeclared allergen.
ConAgra then notified FSIS of the problem.
Consumers with questions about the recall may contact ConAgra’s consumer
hotline at (800) 233-7022. Media with questions may contact Kay Carpenter,
Corporate Communications, at (949) 437-1144.