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February 12, 2002

ConAgra Has Recalled Chef BOYARDEE 99% Fat Free CHEESE Ravioli in Tomato Sauce

Milton, PA (SafetyAlerts) - United States Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service, (FSIS) said that ConAgra Grocery Products Co., has recalled approximately 386,000 pounds of canned ravioli because it contains an undeclared allergen – soy protein – and is incorrectly labeled.

Soy protein is a known allergen. Persons who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to soy protein run the risk of possible allergic reactions if they consume this product.

The product being recalled is 15-ounce cans of "Chef BOYARDEE 99% Fat Free CHEESE Ravioli in Tomato Sauce," which actually contain 15-ounces of beef ravioli. The bottom of each can bears the establishment code "794," followed by the case code "J17101 RF."

The ravioli was produced on Oct. 17, 2001 and distributed to retail establishments nationwide. The product was also exported to Haiti, Guatemala and Bermuda.

"We urge consumers, especially those allergic or sensitive to soy, to check their cupboards and pantries," said Margaret O’K. Glavin, acting FSIS administrator. "If they find the product listed above, consumers should not eat it, but return it to the point of purchase."

ConAgra identified the labeling problem after customers notified the company of the mislabeling.

Consumers with questions about the recall may contact ConAgra’s consumer hotline at (800) 414-2500. Media with questions may contact Kay Carpenter, Corporate Communications, at (949) 437-1144.

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