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Nationwide Alert Issued for Misbranded Chicken Meals Due to Undeclared Egg Allergen

New Jersey

By: Richard L. Smith 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued a public health alert concerning a specific meal product from Nurture Life, a popular food brand.Real EstateThis alert was prompted by discovering an undeclared allergen in the company's Chicken Parm with Super Veggie Spaghetti meal.

The alert highlights a significant issue of misbranding, as the spaghetti component of the meal contains egg white, a common allergen, which was not listed on the product's label.

The FSIS's decision to issue this alert is driven by the need to protect consumers who are allergic to eggs. This action is particularly crucial as the affected product, although no longer available for purchase, might still be present in consumers' homes.

It is important to note that a recall was not initiated in this case due to the product's unavailability in the market.

The meals in question, which are fully cooked but not shelf-stable, were produced over a nearly two-month period, from December 27, 2023, to February 20, 2024.

The specific product subject to this alert is the 5.9-oz. tray labeled "Nurture life KIDS MEALS CHICKEN PARM WITH SUPER VEGGIE SPAGHETTI," with "enjoy by" dates ranging from January 9, 2024, to March 1, 2024.

A notable aspect of this case is that the chicken meal packaging lacks a USDA mark of inspection. These meals were distributed nationwide through online sales, reaching consumers directly at their homes.

The issue was uncovered during an internal audit by the firm, where it was found that egg was inadvertently omitted from the product's label.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to the consumption of this product. However, anyone who has concerns about potential illness related to the product is advised to seek medical attention.

This alert serves as a reminder of the importance of accurate food labeling, especially concerning allergens.

Consumers who have purchased the affected product are urged to be aware of the risk and take appropriate actions, especially if they or someone in their household is allergic to eggs.

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