Boxes of macaroni and cheese bites from stuffed foods were recalled after a customer complained that the box actually contained Buffalo Style Chicken Poppers. The frozen snack also contained an undeclared allergen, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service reported on Wednesday.
Approximately 1,818 pounds of the product were recalled “because of misbranding and an undeclared allergen,” FSIS said in a statement.
“The product contains soy, a known allergen that is not declared on the product label.
The recalled item is packaged in a 9.75oz carton containing a plastic bag of 12 Mac & Cheese Bites. It is marked “lot code 20272 or packaging code BEST IF USED”: MAR 22 2022″ on the bottom of the box.
The cartons were shipped to various retailers nationwide. There were no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of the item.
FSIS “is concerned that some products may be in consumers’ freezers. Consumers who have purchased this product are urged not to consume it. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase,” it said.
In September, more than 6,800 pounds of the classic chicken salad was recalled by the willow tree poultry farm after a customer complained that it contained walnut, a known allergen that was not listed on the label.
A month earlier, over £15,000 of a chicken noodle soup was recalled by Progresso after customers complained that it contained beef and pork instead of chicken. The product also contained two allergens – milk and soy – that were not listed on the label.
In May, approximately 29,000 pounds of Nestle’s ready-to-eat lean food Fettuccini Alfredo was recalled after customers complained that it contained chicken that was not listed on the label or the ingredients list.
According to Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE), 32 million people in the USA are affected by food allergies.
Every year, about 200,000 people require emergency medical care because of allergic reactions to food.
In the U.S., more than 170 foods are known to trigger reactions, including milk, eggs, peanuts, nuts, wheat, soy, fish and crustaceans.
“Foodborne anaphylaxis is a serious allergic reaction that occurs suddenly and can lead to death,” warned FARE.