Crumbs — that's a big recall
Mislabelling by a single breadcrumb supplier has led to recalls of 1.398 million kilos of food in the US.
A week ago an unnamed US breadcrumb supplier advised its clients that its crumbs had been incorrectly labelled and that they did contain milk products. Since then nine manufacturers have issued recalls of the products they made that incorporated the breadcrumbs as they were in contravention of labelling laws because milk was not declared on their product labels.
|Company||Quantity recalled||Products recalled|
|Conagra Brands||717,338 pounds||spaghetti and meatball products|
|Pork King Sausage||44,035 pounds||raw sausage link products|
|Advance Pierre Foods||54,699 pounds||chicken products|
|Aldon Food Corporation||18,570 pounds||chicken salad|
|Maid-Rite Specialty Foods||174,000 pounds||various beef products|
|Packer Avenue Foods||9690 pounds||ready-to-eat (RTE) chicken salad|
|Gourmet Boutique LLC||294,744 pounds||ready-to-eat (RTE) chicken products|
|Tyson Foods||2,485,374 pounds||ready-to-eat (RTE) breaded chicken products|
|Water Lilies Food||4335 pounds||ready-to-eat breaded chicken products|
The fact that these nine companies are faced with managing the recalls and the resultant loss of credibility because of their supplier’s error while the breadcrumb supplier can remain basically anonymous seems unreasonable.
I realise that there will be a wash of court cases from the breadcrumb users and losses will ultimately be recovered, but it is still a pretty tough position they find themselves in. Yes, they could have tested their incoming breadcrumbs for the presence of milk but this is like the horse-meat substitution scandal — how much testing does a company need to do to establish that what shouldn’t be in a product isn’t there?
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