Public health alert issued for salad with meat, poultry products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service is issuing a public health alert over concerns that the dressing component of ready-to-eat salad products containing meat and poultry may contain eggs, milk, peanuts or wheat, known allergens, which are not declared on product labels. FSIS is issuing this public health alert to ensure consumers are aware that these products should not be consumed.

The salads were produced from March 8, 2022 to March 17, 2022. The following products are affected by the public health alert: [view labels]

  • 12 oz. plastic container of ‘Charlie’s FRESH DAILY SOUTHWEST SALAD’ with best before dates 3/15/22 – 3/24/22, which may include Thai style dressing, which contains undeclared peanuts and wheat.
  • 12 oz. plastic container of “Charlie’s FRESH DAILY CHICKEN BLT SALAD” with best before dates 3/15/22 to 3/24/22, which may include Thai-style dressing, which contains undeclared peanuts.
  • 11 oz. plastic container of “Signature Café THAI Style Salad with White Meat Chicken” with best before dates 3/15/22 – 3/24/22, may include Ranch BBQ Dressing, which contains eggs and undeclared milk.

The products bear the establishment number “P-38458” inside the USDA inspection mark. These items have been shipped to retail and food service outlets in Alaska.

The problem was discovered when the producing facility informed FSIS that it had received a consumer complaint that the incorrect dressing was included in the salad packaging.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse effects due to the consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a health care provider.

FSIS has verified that the affected products are no longer available for sale, but is concerned that some products may be in consumers’ refrigerators. Consumers who have purchased these products are asked not to consume them. These products should be discarded or returned to the place of purchase.

Consumers and members of the media with questions about the public health alert may contact Oliver Evans, Division President, Charlie’s Produce, at 907-258-1412 or [email protected].

Consumers with questions about food safety can call the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 888-MPHotline (888-674-6854) or chat live via Ask the USDA 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Consumers can also view food safety messages on Ask the USDA or email a question to [email protected]. For consumers who need to report a problem with a meat, poultry or egg product, the Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System is accessible 24 hours a day at https://foodcomplaint.fsis.usda.gov/eCCF/.

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