Conagra Brands Recalls More Than 700,000 Pounds Of Spaghetti And Meatballs, Undeclared Allergens To Blame?

Conagra Brands Inc. is treading on rough waters once again. Earlier in April this year, the company was forced to recall Hunt’s Chilli Kits because of possible salmonella contamination fears. Now, Conagra has issued a voluntary recall of more than 700,000 pounds of spaghetti and meatball products.

Conagra Brands is recalling six products, which include Chef Boyardee Mini Pasta Shells and Meatballs, as they contain an undeclared allergen.

What Is The Undeclared Allergen?

The six spaghetti and meatballs products being recalled contain milk. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) revealed that Conagra Brands neglected to mention the known allergen’s presence on the products’ labels.

The FSIS asserted that the company was recalling roughly “700,125 pounds of spaghetti and meatball products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens.”

The mislabeling of the Conagra Brands’ select spaghetti and meatballs products came to the fore when on June 6, an ingredient supplier alerted the company that the breadcrumbs it was using possibly contained the undeclared allergen.

Which Products Are Affected By The Recall?

The six products being recalled were manufactured between Jan. 5, 2017, to Jan. 12, 2017. The voluntary recall impacts the following products:

Del Pino’s Spaghetti & Meatballs (71,614 pounds);

Food Hold Spaghetti and Meatballs (22,064 pounds);

Essential Everyday Spaghetti with Meatballs (21,975 pounds);

Libby’s Spaghetti and Meatballs (31,718 pounds);

Hy-Top Spaghetti and Meatballs (38,31180 pounds); and

Chef Boyardee Mini Pasta Shells and Meatballs (414,424 pounds).

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Chef Boyardee's Spaghetti and Meatballs on display.Featured image credit: Mike MozartMike Mozart

The USDA urges people to discard any of the above-mentioned spaghetti and meatball products or return them to the store from where they bought the same. Fortunately, there are no reports of people having allergic reactions due to the consumption of the mislabeled Conagra Brands products.

“There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider,” the USDA revealed.

Milk Allergy Symptoms And Signs To Watch Out For

While no reports of people being negatively affected by the consumption of the meatballs and spaghetti have emerged, it is advisable that one exercises caution.

A milk allergy has several symptoms that can range from mild to severe and can either show up immediately or after a couple of hours. Milk allergy symptoms such as vomiting, hives, and wheezing can appear within a few minutes of consuming a milk-infused product.

Other symptoms of a milk allergy can take some time to appear and include abdominal cramps, diarrhea, itchy skin, watery eyes, loose stool with blood, runny nose, and colic in infants.

Milk allergy can also lead to anaphylaxis, which can be life-threatening. Basically, in this condition, it becomes difficult for an individual to breathe as the allergic reaction can cause the airways to become narrow. It requires medical assistance and can be treated with an epinephrine shot.

According to the CDC, food allergies impact approximately four percent to six percent of American children. Unfortunately, no cure for a food-related allergy exists and the negative reactions can often be fatal. The only solution is to stay vigilant and avoid known allergens. One should avoid cow’s milk and any milk products, as well as thoroughly read the ingredients on the product’s label.

This is the reason why Conagra Brands is recalling the affected products as missing information regarding the allergen on the label will misguide consumers.

Is This The First Recall From The Company?

This is not the first time Conagra Brands issued a voluntary recall for select food products. In April, it recalled Hunt’s Chilli Kits as the seasoning packet in the product was possibly contaminated with salmonella. At the time, the company learned of the possible salmonella presence from its supplier. As a precautionary measure, Conagra Brands opted to recall the product.

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