Following a multi-country recall, over 16,000 pounds worth of soup have been removed from supermarket shelves. Recall noticeU.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service(FSIS) alerted consumers on Wednesday that MSI Express Inc. has recalled Unilever Food Solutions products for chicken and rice soup mixes due to the presence of dairy. The label of ingredients did not list the milk.
The main recall concern is 1.29-pund or 583-gram plastic pouch packaging containing these items. “KNORR PROFESSIONAL SOUP du jour RED THAI STYLE CURRY CHICKEN WITH RICE SOUP MIX.”The soup was recalled. “best by”Dates of January 19, 2024, for products that are distributed in the United States, and April 26, 2023, for products that are distributed in Canada. The establishment number is on the products. “P- 44055″ inside the USDA mark of inspection and were produced Jan. 19 and 31 before being distributed in the United States and Canada to professional food service trades such as restaurants, cafeterias, fast food chains, and sports stadiums, as well as through online sales. Approximately 16,498 pounds of the Unilever Food Solutions product is affected by the recall.
Per the notice, the recall was prompted after the Grand Prairie, Texas establishment performed allergen testing validation on finished soup and determined “The soup was found to contain dairy. This result is due to the wrong ingredient being added by the establishment.” This means the products pose a potentially life-threatening risk to some consumers. Milk allergy is one of the most common food allergies in children, according to Mayo Clinic, which notes that signs and symptoms of a milk allergy differ from person to person and occur a few minutes to a few hours after consumption of milk or a milk product. They range from mild to severe and can include wheezing, vomiting, hives and digestive problems. In some instances, milk consumption can cause anaphylaxis, a life-threatening reaction that narrows the airways and can block breathing. Mayo Clinic notes that “milk is the third most common food – after peanuts and tree nuts – to cause anaphylaxis.”
FSIS said that there are no reports of adverse reactions from the soups being recalled, but that there is concern that food service outlets, consumers and restaurants may still have the product. The FSIS advises consumers who have purchased the product to stop eating them. Instead, the recalled products should be thrown out or returned to their original place of purchase.