Garden Grove, CA, December 12th, 2014
Last month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced that a company in Hayward was recalling a sausage product due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen. According to FSIS, the products contain nonfat dry milk, a known allergen that was not declared on the label.
The sausage products, produced on November 6, 2014, bear the establishment number “EST 6206” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The products were sold through distribution centers in California, Pennsylvania and Texas to institutional and retail outlets.
People can develop mild allergies to any of the dozens of proteins found in milk. Common symptoms include gastrointestinal, dermatological and respiratory issues. Extreme cases can involve anaphylaxis, which can be life threatening.
“Fortunately, there have been no reports of adverse reactions from the sausage products to either FSIS or the manufacturer, but recalls like this can be expensive and can create a public relations challenge for any companies involved,” said Joy Dell’Aringa, M.S., RM (NRM), CFSP, National Food Director at LA Testing and EMSL Analytical, Inc. “Production errors that involve undeclared allergens and labeling issues result in recalls on a frequent basis. At LA Testing, we provide food allergen testing, food labeling and a wide range of other food testing services within our network of laboratories in California and across North America to help prevent these types of incidents from occurring.”
LA Testing’s parent company, EMSL Analytical, Inc., has sponsored an online video about food allergens that can be seen at: http://youtu.be/dhycMNHf1DQ.
To learn more about food allergen, labeling or other food testing services, please visit www.LATesting.com, email info@LATesting.com or call 1-800-303-0047.
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LA Testing is California’s leading laboratory for indoor air quality testing of asbestos, mold, lead, VOCs, formaldehyde, soot, char, ash and smoke damage, particulates and other chemicals. In addition, LA Testing offers a full range of air sampling and investigative equipment to professionals and the general public. LA Testing maintains an extensive list of accreditations including: AIHA LAP LLC., AIHA ELLAP, AIHA EMLAP and AIHA IHLAP, NVLAP, State of California, State of Hawaii Department of Health and other states. LA Testing, along with the EMSL Analytical, Inc. network, has multiple laboratories throughout California including South Pasadena, Garden Grove, San Leandro and San Diego.