Heinz has recalled one of their favorite gravy products, and it was issued just before Thanksgiving, reports Fox News. The recall is due to a potential allergy risk. Already 500 cases of their HomeStyle Bistro Au Jus Gravy were accidentally mislabeled as Heinz Pork Gravy, which means the product has milk and soy, but the ingredients are not listed on the label – and for those who are allergic to milk or soy, this could be a fatal reaction.
Now more than 5,000 jars are under recall because of the wrong label, reports NJ.com. These products have been distributed to more than 1,000 stores across the country.
During the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service, the recall was initiated on November 19th. The gravies that are involved in the recall were made on June 4th, reports Newsmax. These jars have over 558 cases that include one dozen jars per case. The best by date on those products should register as December 28, 2017.
Fox News reports that the code on the date includes MU6F04.
When the Issue Occurred
The mislabeling occurred at a Heinz facility, reports Newsmax, and it was discovered on November 17th after one customer had reported that their pork gravy appeared darker than usual. The mislabeling occurred on June 4th when a box of pork gravy labels was delivered to the processing line and accidentally placed on the beef gravy bottles.
Heinz and USDA have already contacted retailers carrying their products and letting them know about the potential mislabel problem.
Milk Allergies and Soy Allergies are Dangerous
Milk allergies affect two out of three young children, says Newsmax. No illnesses have been reported yet, says NJ.com, but those who have purchased the gravy should return their product for a refund.
People with a severe soy allergy could suffer from anaphylaxis if they consume a soy-containing product. Also, those with asthma and allergies to foods could have a reaction from consuming the Heinz gravy products, which is why they are recalling the items to avoid injuries.
Those with a soy allergy may have multiple symptoms that include a tingling sensation in the mouth, abdominal pain, skin redness, hives or itching, swelling of the face and lips, and runny nose or wheezing. For those with a severe allergy, they could exhibit symptoms that include rapid heart rate, difficulty breathing, swelling of the throat, shock or a drop in blood pressure, and dizziness.
Customers can contact Heinz directly to request a refund for their purchase, or they can return that product to the store, reports Fox News.
So far no illnesses or reactions have been reported to Heinz regarding their gravy products, but they are still recalling the items due to improper labeling.
It should be noted that the pork gravy as well as the beef au jus are being recalled out of precaution. So, anyone carrying these products are encouraged to return them, says Fox News.