May 17, 2001Chicago Firm Recalls 78,000 lbs.
of Frozen Pork Loin Chops
IL (SafetyAlerts) - Rymer Meat, Inc.
is recalling approximately 78,000 pounds of frozen pork loin chops because they
contain undeclared allergens (corn flour, corn starch, eggs, non-fat milk) and an
undeclared ingredient (monosodium glutamate or MSG), the U.S. Department of
Agricultures Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.
Corn flour, corn starch, eggs, and non-fat milk are each known allergens. People who have
an allergy or severe sensitivity to any of these items run the risk of possible allergic
reactions if they consume this product.
MSG is used as a flavor enhancer in a variety of foods prepared at home, in restaurants,
and by food processors. Some people who have eaten foods containing MSG have reported
The product being recalled is 30 pound cases of "DAR FOODS RAW BREADED BONE IN PORK
LOIN CHOP." Each package bears the establishment number "6972" inside the
USDA seal of inspection.
Product production dates and corresponding lot codes are as follows:
Production Date Lot Code
Jan. 24, 2001 0223106-11
Jan. 26, 2001 0225106-09
Feb. 19, 2001 0501116-23
Feb. 20, 2001 0502116-23
Mar. 5, 2001 0641116
Mar. 12, 2001 0711123
Mar. 15, 2001 0714116-23
April 6, 2001 0925106-09
April 11, 2001 0993109-12
April 30, 2001 1201116-20
The product was distributed to food service establishments in Florida, Georgia, and
"FSIS ensures that meat and poultry products are safe, wholesome, and accurately
labeled," said Thomas J. Billy, FSIS administrator. "Purchasers or consumers of
pork loin chops may wish to ask restaurants or establishments where they consume pork loin
chops if the product or meal contains the recalled product."
The problem was discovered through routine FSIS inspection.
FSIS is not aware of any illnesses associated with consumption of the product. Anyone
concerned about an illness should contact a physician immediately.
Consumers with questions about the recall may contact David Friedman, Rymers vice
president of research and development, at (773) 650-0558. Media with questions may contact
Paul Conti, Rymers chief executive officer, at (773) 650-0505.
Consumers with other food safety questions can phone the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry
Hotline at 1-800-535-4555. The hotline can be reached from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern
Time), Monday through Friday, and recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a