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The following information has been received by our office from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Congressional and Public Affairs
Steven Cohen (202) 720-9113
WASHINGTON, June 21, 2007 – SAMS Food Group, Inc., a Bedford Park, Ill., establishment, is recalling approximately 13,300 pounds of beef and chicken base products because the labels were inadvertently switched.
The beef base product contains wheat gluten and soy protein, which are known allergens. Those ingredients are not in the chicken base product and are therefore not declared on the chicken base label.
The following products are subject to recall:
16-ounce white plastic jars of “DAS DUTCHMAN ESSENHAUS CHICKEN BASE, AMISH COUNTRY KITCHEN.” Each jar bears the establishment number “EST. P 18796” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The top of each jar contains the package code “Best by 1/2008” and one of the following identifying codes, “L06332 P06333 1200B,” “L06312 P06313 1100A,” “L06331B P06333 1100A,” “L06321 P06324 1100A,” “L06307 P06311 1100A,” “L06352A P06353 1100A or L063331A P06333 1100A.”
16-ounce white plastic jars of “DAS DUTCHMAN ESSENHAUS BEEF BASE, AMISH COUNTRY KITCHEN.” Each jar bears the establishment number “EST. 18796” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The top of each jar contains the package code “Best by 1/2008” and one of the following identifying codes, “L06310 P06312 1200B,” “L06319 P06321 1200B” or “L06310 P06321 1200B.”
The chicken and beef base products were produced on various dates between November 6 and November 29, 2006 and were shipped to a distributor in Indiana for further retail distribution.
The problem was discovered following consumer complaints related to the product label switch. FSIS has received no reports of illness due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an allergic reaction should contact a physician.
Media with questions about the recall should contact company President Alan Levin at (800) 852-0283. Consumers with questions about the recall should contact company Quality Assurance Manager Barbara Sellers at (800) 852-0283.
Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov. 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.
This product may have been distributed in your area. Please spot-check stores for effectiveness of the recall. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact this office at 317/233-7360.