Looks like Chef Boyardee’s on the menu tonight- 15 million pounds of SpaghettiOs are being recalled after it was discovered that the meat in certain varieties may not have been cooked properly in a processing plant.
The under-processed product is thought to be related to a malfunctioning “cooker” in a Texas plant, and Campbell’s is unsure when the cooker may have stopped working correctly. Cans of the canned pasta product produced as far back as December of 2008 are being recalled by the company to ensure all potentially unsafe units are not consumed. Campbell’s concedes that a lot of the possibly dangerous SpaghettiOs have likely already been eaten.
The USDA posted the following release on their website, describing the affected product but lacking instructions about refunds on the items:
WASHINGTON, June 17, 2010 – Campbell Soup Supply Company, LLC, a Paris, Texas, establishment is recalling approximately 15,000,000 pounds of “SpaghettiOs with Meatballs” canned products due to possible under-processing, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.
The following products are subject to recall: [View Labels]
- 14.75-ounce cans of “SpaghettiOs” with Meatballs, bearing the identifying product code “U5″ on the bottom of the can.
- 14.75-ounce cans of “SpaghettiOs” A to Z with Meatballs, bearing the identifying product code “4N” on the bottom of the can.
- 14.75-ounce cans of “SpaghettiOs” Fun Shapes with Meatballs (Cars), bearing the identifying product code “KS” on the bottom of the can.
The products subject to recall bear the establishment number “EST 4K,” as well as a “Use By” date between June 2010 and December 2011 ink-jetted on the bottom of each can. These products were manufactured between December 2008 and June 2010 and distributed to retail establishments nationwide. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on FSIS’ website at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/FSIS_Recalls/Open_Federal_Cases/index.asp.
The problem was discovered through a routine warehouse inspection by the company and its subsequent investigation. FSIS has received no reports of illnesses from consumption of these products.
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.
Consumer questions regarding the recall should be directed to Campbell’s Hotline at (866) 495-3774; media inquiries should be directed to the company’s Director of Corporate Communications, Anthony Sanzio at (856) 968-4390.
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.