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Food product recall affects Missouri food banks

By: Jim Erickson

A Kentucky-based plant operated by Nestle Prepared Foods Co. is recalling approximately 26,400 pounds of pork and beef products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, according to an announcement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service [FSIS].

The products contain eggs, milk, soy, and wheat, known allergens, which are not declared on the product label.

The frozen not-ready-to-eat pork and beef items were produced on Sept. 21, 2016, Jan. 10, 2017 and Jan. 13, 2017. Subject to recall are bulk packages of Nestle Hot Pockets products including BBQ Burger Bites, 3 Cheese Bacon Bites and Sausage, Egg and Cheese Snack Bites.

The items were donated to a charitable organization, in which the product was further distributed to a food bank in Missouri. The products may have been repackaged and further distributed and sold to additional food banks in the state. The products do not have the USDA mark of inspection and do not identify the ingredients.

The problem was discovered late in October during routine FSIS surveillance activities. There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.

Those who have purchased or received these products are urged not to consume them but to throw them away or return them to the place of purchase.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution lists will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.

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