Food Labeling Issue and Undeclared Allergen Results in Recall
Last month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced that a Missouri company was recalling approximately 96,000 pounds of hot dog products. Some labels used on the recalled items were for another type of hot dog that did not contain pasteurized cheese. The hot dogs may actually contain the cheese product that was formulated with milk, a known allergen. The 16-ounce packages have a “Use by 16 June 2014” date on them, and were produced on March 2nd and 3rd before being shipped to distribution centers and retail locations nationwide.
Food allergies are a common concern for millions of Americans. Allergic reactions to milk, egg, soy, wheat, peanut, tree nut, fish and shellfish account for up to 90% of reactions to food allergens. These allergies occur when a person’s immune system attacks a food protein and the results can be deadly in some cases.
One of the leading food testing companies that provides allergen testing services in North America is EMSL Analytical, Inc. “Fortunately, so far there have not been any reports of adverse reactions due to the consumption of the hot dogs under the current recall,” reported Joy Dell’Aringa, M.S., RM (NRM), CFSP, National Food Director at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “Undeclared allergens in food products occur quite frequently. In addition to the hot dog recall, there were also recalls in April for undeclared allergens from other food manufacturers that involved chicken and pork products and dehydrated pasta.”
EMSL has sponsored an online video about food allergens that can be seen at:
EMSL offers a wide range of food allergen testing and labeling services to ensure that food manufacturers comply with labeling regulations. To learn more about testing for food allergens or other food testing services, please visit: www.FoodTestingLab.com or www.EMSL.com, call (800) 220-3675 or email info@EMSL.com .
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EMSL Analytical is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider of food, environmental and materials testing services and products to professionals and the general public. The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies.
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