PEARL — A Mississippi distributor of frozen chicken has recalled nearly 2,500 pounds of meals because of misbranding and an undeclared allergen, according to the U.S. Department Agriculture.
Traditions Meal Solutions, located in Pearl, Miss., said in a news release Wednesday that the 2,486 pounds of recalled frozen chicken meals contain milk but that it is not on the label. Milk is a known allergen.
The USDA said the problem was discovered by the firm during a routine label review. Milk is a sub-ingredient of the butter flavoring used in the product. The problem occurred after a change in formulation which resulted in milk being omitted from the label.
Traditions officials did not immediately return telephone calls to the Associated Press seeking comment.
The products subject to recall include: a three-compartment tray containing “Lemon Pepper Chicken Breast Filet with Rib Meat Smoke Flavor Added / Mixed Vegetables / Basil and Garlic Fettuccine” bearing the establishment number “P-13850″ inside the USDA mark of inspection.
The USDA said the products were produced and packaged on Oct. 5, 2012, Dec 19, 2012 and Jan. 28, 2013
The products were distributed to food service institutions nationwide.
The USDA and the company said they have received no reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products.
According to its website, Traditions says provides frozen meals to the senior nutrition marketplace for use in home delivered meals and/or re-heating and serving at congregate dining centers.
Traditions says it markets its products to Meals on Wheels organizations, senior nutrition agencies, nursing and retirement homes, faith-based organizations, veterans homes and others.
Traditions is a subsidiary of Valley Inc., based in Jackson, Miss. Valley’s website said it has more than 200 client accounts, including hospitals, colleges and universities, industrial cafeterias, commercial and office building cafeterias, senior nutrition services, meals on wheels programs, correctional facilities, and daycare facilities.