Mama Lina’s Inc. Recalls Beef and Chicken Empanada Products Produced Without Benefit of Inspection

Mama Lina’s Inc. Recalls Beef and Chicken Empanada Products Produced Without Benefit of Inspection

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Mama Lina’s Inc. Recalls Beef and Chicken Empanada Products Produced Without Benefit of Inspection

Class I Recall144-2015

Health Risk: HighNov 27, 2015

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Congressional and Public Affairs  Brittany C. Woodland (202) 720-9113

WASHINGTON, Nov. 27, 2015 – Mama Lina’s Inc., a San Diego, Calif. establishment, is recalling approximately 1,754 pounds of beef and chicken empanada products that were produced without the benefit of federal inspection, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The beef, chicken, sweet wine beef and chipotle chicken empanada items were produced on August 31, 2015 and September 29, 2015. The following products are subject to recall: [View Labels (PDF Only)]

  • 330- lb. (approximately) cases and bags containing pieces of “CHIPOTLE CHICKEN EMPANADA.”
  • 322.13-lb. (approximately) cases, trays and bags containing pieces of “BEEF EMPANADA.”
  • 1095-lb. (approximately) cases, trays and bags containing pieces of “CHICKEN EMPANADA.”
  • 7.13-lb. (approximately) bag containing pieces of “SWEET WINE BEEF EMPANADA.”

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 2012” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to a retail location San Diego, CA.

The problem was discovered during routine FSIS inspection. The beef empanadas and chicken empanadas were found in the establishment’s freezer and did not have the marks of FSIS inspection. The products had a “deli” sticker and labels indicating that the products are manufactured by another entity, which leases part of the facility from Mama Lina’s.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about a reaction should contact a healthcare provider.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at

Consumers or Media with questions about the recall can contact Alma Villarruel, Mama Lina’s Inc., Office Manager, at (858) 535-0620.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day or via smartphone at The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at:



* We believe that none of the products being recalled were processed or offered through the national office.  

* We strongly encourage you to notify your agencies within one business day from receipt of this notice.

* ALL cased and uncased inventories, both at the member level and agency level, need to be checked. This product may have entered member and agency warehouses through salvage, local donations, TEFAP, local purchases, retail pickups, food drives, or other avenues.

* For additional local details, please contact the Health Department(s) for the area(s) your food bank serves.

For full details on the recall, please visit:


If you have questions, please contact Wayne Melichar, Food Safety Manager, at [email protected] or 312.629.7263.