In an era when food allergies seem more prevalent than ever, consumers are scrutinizing food labels more than ever — and they’re expecting the listed ingredients to be accurate.
But accuracy is not the case with a whole slew of spaghetti and meatballs products from long-time food packaging company Conagra Brands that got accidentally mislabeled.
According to U.S. Department of Agriculture, the following products contain milk but were not labeled as containing milk:
— Libby's Spaghetti and Meatballs
— Del Pino's Spaghetti and Meatballs
— Hy-Top Spaghetti and Meatballs
— Food Hold Spaghetti and Meatballs
— Essential Everyday Spaghetti and Meatballs
— Chef Boyardee Mini Pasta Shells and Meatballs
Most of these products note that they are “made with Pork, Chicken and Beef in Tomato Sauce” and have a “EST. 794M” USDA mark of inspection. The recall is nationwide.
All the affected cans, with the exception of Chef Boyardee, have a “use by” date of Jan. 2, 2019. Chef Boyardee has a “use by” date of Dec. 26, 2018.
Due to the prevalence of dairy allergies, the USDA has labeled the health risk from the recalled products as high. If you have any of these cans, the USDA advises you throw them away or return them to the place you purchased them from.
Chicago-based Conagra, which has been in the business for nearly a century, has suffered widely publicized recalls in the past. Most notable are two separate cases in 2007 when more than a thousand people were sickened by a Salmonella outbreak from products they had packaged, leading to dozens of hospitalizations, according to Daily Report Online and the CDC.
Please check your pantry and let your friends and family know!