July 19, 20003 Brands of Pork Rinds Recalled
for Possible Allergen
Angeles, CA (SafetyAlerts) - Fil-Am
Specialty Foods is voluntarily recalling approximately 2,320 pounds of pork rinds because
they contain monosodium glutamate (MSG), which is undeclared on the label, the U.S.
Department of Agricultures Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.
MSG is used as a flavor enhancer in a variety of
foods prepared at home, in restaurants, and by food processors. Some persons who have
eaten foods containing MSG have reported adverse reactions.
The pork rind products being recalled are 4 oz.
packages of: Tropics brand " PHILIPPINE STYLE CHICHARON (KAWALI),"
"GROUND CHICHARON," and " PHILIPPINE STYLE CHICHARON;"
Gold Medal brand "GROUND CHICHARON," and " PHILIPPINE STYLE
CHICHARON;" and Amor Nino Foods Inc. brand " PHILIPPINE STYLE
CHICHARON KAWALI," regular and vinegar flavors.
Each package bears a six digit code representing
the date produced. Codes from "050100" through "063000" representing
production dates from May 1 to June 30 and codes from "000701" through
"000717" representing production dates from July 1 to July 17 are being
recalled. In addition, "EST. 4828" appears in the USDA seal of inspection on
each label. The products were distributed for retail sale in California and Hawaii.
"FSIS ensures that meat and poultry products
are safe, wholesome, and accurately labeled," said Thomas J. Billy, FSIS
administrator. "Consumers who have concerns about MSG should return the product to
the point of purchase."
The problem was discovered by an FSIS inspector at
Consumers and media with questions about the
recall may contact Demetrio Manibog, Fil-Am Foods, at (323) 225-6130.
Consumers with food safety questions can phone the
toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at l-800-535-4555. The hotline can be reached from
l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday, and recorded food safety messages
are available 24 hours a day.
Notice of this product warning was sent via email
to SafeMail subscribers July 19,
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