If You Bought This Heinz Product, Throw It Away Now, USDA Says
Over 13,000 pounds of this popular product were pulled from the market over safety concerns.
If you're doing some spring cleaning in your kitchen, there's one particular product you might want to toss. Popular food manufacturer Kraft Heinz Foods has just issued a major recall of one of its products, and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is recommending that anyone who has it in their possession throw it away immediately. Read on to discover if you should be tossing this product now.
Kraft Heinz is recalling more than 13,000 pounds of soup.
On May 17, the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced that Kraft Heinz Foods had recalled 13,504 pounds of frozen soup distributed through foodservice channels, including hotels, restaurants, and other businesses.
The recall is limited to 4-lb. tubs marked "Chef Francisco Vegetable Beef and Barley Condensed Soup" and bearing lot code LD28120FT1 and establishment number EST. 15818A on the label. The product was distributed in 16-lb. boxes marked "Chef Francisco Minestrone Condensed Soup."
The product was recalled due to a packaging mix-up.
The recalled soup was pulled from the market after it was discovered that the wrong product was packaged inside containers intended for the company's vegetable beef and barley condensed soup. Instead, customers who ordered the soup received the company's minestrone condensed soup.
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The soup may contain undeclared allergens.
It's not just the fact that the wrong soup was packaged in the vegetable beef and barley condensed soup containers that prompted the recall. The FSIS reports that the minestrone soup inside the containers contains both milk and eggs, two of the most common food allergens, neither of which are disclosed on the vegetable beef and barley soup's ingredients list.
As two of the "Big 8" allergens, both milk and eggs must be identified on food products subject to FDA inspection, as specified by the Food Allergen Labeling And Consumer Protection Act of 2004.
Anyone with the soup at home or work should throw it away.
While there have been no reports of illness or other adverse reactions associated with the consumption of the recalled soup, the FSIS recommends that businesses should stop serving the soup to customers, and that it should be "thrown away or returned to the place of purchase."
Anyone with questions about the recall can also contact The Kraft Heinz Foods Company Consumer Relations Hotline at (855) 265-7238.