Texas Pete Is Recalling Over 50,000 Bottles of Wing Sauce, FDA Warns
A manufacturing mix-up could put some people's health at risk.
For many of us, the right condiment can make or break certain dishes—but don't let your desire to dress up your food put your health in harm's way. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has already warned about several popular condiment recalls this month alone. Throughout May, we've seen pasta sauce from Wegmans, tahini sauce sold at Walmart, and pesto sauce from Trader Joe's all pulled off of shelves because of various health concerns. And now, another commonly used condiment is facing new concerns. Read on to find out why over 50,000 bottles of Texas Pete wing sauce are being recalled.
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Over 50,000 bottles of Texas Pete sauce are being recalled.
On May 25, the FDA released a new alert warning consumers about a new wing sauce recall. According to the agency, T.W. Garner Food Company is voluntarily recalling 50,688 bottles of its Texas Pete branded Buffalo Wing Sauce.
"The product can be identified as a 12-ounce glass bottle with orange sauce, called Texas Pete Buffalo Wing Sauce," the alert stated. Those that have been recalled have a best if used by date Dec. 6, 2023 and code 065239—both of which can be found printed on the cap of the bottles.
The bottles may contain a different wing sauce.
T.W. Garner Food Company is recalling its Texas Pete Buffalo Wing Sauce because some of the bottles may actually contain the brand's Extra Mild Wing Sauce. "The recall was initiated after a report was received from a direct customer that a bottle labeled as Texas Pete Buffalo Wing Sauce was located instead of Texas Pete Extra Mild Wing Sauce," the alert explained.
According to the agency, the mix-up between the brand's two wing sauces was the result of a manufacturing error. "Investigation indicates the problem was caused by applying the wrong label during a portion of the production run," they stated.
The mix-up could put some people's health at risk.
The switch between Texas Pete's Buffalo Wing Sauce and Extra Mild Wing Sauce is concerning for one major reason: an undeclared allergen. Unlike the buffalo wing sauce, the mild version contains soy. As a result, the recalled bottles of Texas Pete Buffalo Wing Sauce that possibly contain the Extra Mild Wing Sauce are "missing the allergen declaration of soy," the FDA alert said.
"People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to soy run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product," the agency warned. Soybeans—alongside wheat, shellfish, eggs, fish, and peanuts—are the most common undeclared allergens, accounting for "90 percent of all food allergic reactions," according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).
Certain consumers are being asked to return any recalled sauce.
The recalled Texas Pete Buffalo Wing Sauce bottles were shipped to distribution centers and trail stores in 13 states: Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. And while no illnesses have been reported yet, the FDA is asking that certain people not use any of the affected sauces. "A. Consumers with a soy allergy or sensitivity … are urged not to consume the product and dispose of it or return it to their place of purchase for a full refund," the alert advised.
According to the FDA, symptoms of food allergies can start showing up anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours after you have eaten something you're allergic to. This may include "hives, flushed skin or rash, tingling or itchy sensation in the mouth, face, tongue, or lip swelling, vomiting and/or diarrhea, abdominal cramps, coughing or wheezing, dizziness and/or lightheadedness, swelling of the throat and vocal cords, difficulty breathing, and loss of consciousness," the agency says.