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Friday, September 23, 2011
Mattern Sausage Recalled Mislabled Tongue and Blood Sausage
California Firm Recalls Tongue and Blood Sausage Product Due To Mislabeling and Undeclared Allergen
CLASS II RECALL
HEALTH RISK: LOW
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WASHINGTON, Sept 22, 2011 - Mattern Sausage, an Orange, Calif., establishment is recalling approximately 72 pounds of tongue and blood sausage because of mislabeling and an undeclared allergen. The product contains hydrolyzed soy protein, which is not declared on the label, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. Soy is a known allergen.
The product subject to recall includes:
4-lb to 8-lb chubs of “MATTERN SAUSAGE TONGUE AND BLOOD SAUSAGE”
The product subject to recall bears the establishment number “EST. 7696” inside the USDA mark of inspection on the package label. The product was produced on Sept. 6, 2011, and was shipped to sandwich shops near Orange, Calif.
The problem was discovered during a routine label assessment by FSIS personnel and may have occurred because of a change in ingredient formulation by the company. FSIS and the company have received no reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about a reaction should contact a healthcare provider.
FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and to ensure that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.
Consumers and media with questions about the recall should contact the company’s President, Mike Mattern, at (714) 628-9630.
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.
Ask Karen is available as an app for your iPad, iPhone, or Android mobile device, so you can take her with you to the grocery store, to the barbecue grill, or wherever you may have food safety questions. Go to m.AskKaren.gov on your mobile device's browser, or download the app for free from the Android app store.