Rustico Foods Recalls Packaged Soup Products Produced Without Benefit of Inspection
Class I Recall 130-2015
Health Risk: High Oct 22, 2015
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WASHINGTON, Oct. 22, 2015 – Rustico Foods, a Los Angeles, Calif. establishment, is recalling approximately 2,659 pounds of packaged soup products that were produced without the benefit of federal inspection and outside inspection hours, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.
The ready to eat soups were produced from Sept. 24, 2015, through Oct. 21, 2015. The following products are subject to recall: [View Labels (PDF Only)]
• 2-lb. individual plastic container of soup labeled “CHICKEN MATZO BALL.”
• 1.6-lb. individual plastic container of soup labeled “CHICKEN MATZO BALL.”
• 1.6-lb. individual plastic container of soup labeled “TURKEY CHILI WITH BEANS.”
• 1.6-lb. individual plastic container of soup labeled “CHICKEN VEGETABLE.”
The products subject to recall bear establishment number “P-45180” inside the USDA mark of inspection. They also bear lot codes “Lot #2662015” through “Lot #2942015” on the bottom of the container and “Best By 10/21/15” through “Best By 11/18/15” stickers on the sides of the container. These items were shipped to retail establishments in southern California.
The problem was discovered when an FSIS Consumer Safety Inspector identified return products that he did not have knowledge of being produced. An FSIS Enforcement Investigations and Analysis Officer then visited the establishment and determined that the establishment also produced some products outside of their approved hours of inspection.
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 www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.
Consumers and media with questions about the recall can contact Jorge Castaneda, Plant Coordinator, at (213) 749-9670 (213) 749-9670 .
Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854 1-888-674-6854 FREE ) 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: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.
* 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: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/recalls-and-public-health-alerts/recall-case-archive/archive/2015/recall-130-2015-release
If you have questions, please contact Wayne Melichar, Food Safety Manager, at [email protected] or 312.629.7263.