June 29, 2001Allergy Alert: Berks Grill
PA (SafetyAlerts) - Berks
Packing Co. Inc. is voluntarily recalling approximately 400 pounds of franks because they
contain an undeclared allergen (milk products), the U.S. Department of Agricultures
Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.
Product labels do not reflect that the franks were
made with American and cheddar cheeses. Milk products, which are found in these cheeses,
are known allergens. Persons who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk products
run the risk of possible serious allergic reactions if they consume the product.
The products being recalled are 1 lb. packages of
"BERKS GRILL FRANKS." Each package is labeled "SELL BY 0908" and
"EST 8782" appears on the label inside the USDA seal of inspection.
The product was produced on May 12, and was
distributed to retail stores in Schuykill County, Pa.
"We urge consumers to check their
refrigerators and freezers," said Margaret Glavin, acting FSIS administrator.
"If they find any of the products listed above and are allergic to milk products,
consumers should not eat them, but return them to the point of purchase."
The problem was discovered by the establishment,
which then notified FSIS. FSIS is not aware of any illnesses associated with consumption
of the product. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a physician.
Consumers and media with questions about the
recall may contact Ralph Weise, vice president of food safety, Berks Packing Co. Inc., at
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 day.
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