The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) recently announced that Tony Downs Foods Company, located in Madelia, Minnesota, is recalling nearly 70,500 pounds of chunk chicken due to mislabeling and a non-declared food allergen. The product under recall is 12.5-oz cans of Tyson Premium Chunk Chicken.
According to Meat & Poultry, 24 cans of the chunk chicken product actually contained beef with gravy. The beef product contains wheat, a known allergen, that was not declared on the canned chicken label. The products were distributed nationwide and were produced on May 18, 2012. Tyson said that 14 of the 24 cans have been recovered, but as a precautionary measure, it will recall all the Tyson Premium Chunk Chicken produced on that day.
The company received complaints about the product being incorrectly labeled, leading to the recall. Neither the FSIS nor the company have received any reports of incidents of the wheat flour causing illness in any consumers. The FSIS contacts firms, notifying them that they need to issue a recall and makes sure the steps are properly take in order to do so.
Consumers concerned about the recall are encouraged to contact Tyson for further details.