November 6, 2002
California Firm Has Recalled Chicken
Castroville, CA (SafetyAlerts)
- U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said
that National Custom Packing, Inc. is recalling approximately 85,000 pounds
of frozen chicken parmigiana for an undeclared allergen (shrimp).
Shrimp is a known allergen. Persons who have an allergy or severe
sensitivity to shrimp run the risk of a serious allergic reaction if they
consume this product.
The product being recalled is 24-ounce pouches of "BERTOLLI CHICKEN
PARMIGIANA & PENNE IN A TOMATO MOZZARELLA SAUCE" bearing a code of
"2H19NC2[A-F]," "2H20NC2[A-F]," "2H28NC2[B-D]" or "2X20NC2[B-C]." Each
package also bears the establishment code "P-21340" inside the USDA seal of
The product was produced on Aug. 19-20, Aug. 28 and Sept. 20 and distributed
to retail stores in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New
York, Rhode Island and Vermont.
"We urge consumers who are allergic to shrimp to check their refrigerators
and freezers," said Dr. Garry McKee, FSIS administrator. "If they find the
product listed above then they should not eat it, but return it to the point
The problem was discovered after a consumer inquiry to the company.
Consumers with questions about the recall may contact Unilever Best Foods'
24-hour hotline at 1-800-457-7086. Media with questions may contact Nancy
Goldfarb, corporate affairs, Unilever Best Foods, at 212-906-469.