Food manufacturing giant Conagra Brands is recalling approximately 717,338 pounds of its spaghetti and meatball products. The recall was prompted after one of the company’s ingredient suppliers alerted it that the bread crumbs used in the product contains milk, but Conagra’s labels for the recalled products “did not specify that the items contained milk,” according to CNN. Milk can cause allergic reactions and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires any products containing major food allergens, such as milk, to be clearly labeled so that consumers can easily identify them.
The products subject to the recall were produced from Jan. 5 to Jan. 12 and include “EST.796M” inside the USDA mark of inspection. Specific items subject to recall include Libby’s, Del Pino’s, Hy-Top, Food Hold, Essential Everyday and Chef Boyardee spaghetti and meatballs made with pork, chicken and beef in tomato sauce, as well as Chef Boyardee Mini Pasta Shells & Meatballs.
Although there have been no reports of health problems, the childhood favorite could have serious health side effects. The FDA reports that milk is one of eight major foods or food groups that accounts for 90 percent of food allergies.
According to the Mayo Clinic, milk allergy is one of the most common food allergies in children. Most people outgrow it, but those who don’t should avoid consuming products containing milk. The adverse reaction to milk is the abnormal response by the body’s immune system that can occur within minutes to hours after consuming products containing milk.
Consumers should not eat any of the products, but should discard them or return them to the place of purchase immediately. For more information or for questions about the recall, contact Conagra at 866-213-1245.
US Food and Drug Administration