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Summer Garden Food Manufacturing recalls Bolognese sauce products over misbranding

8 March 2013

Giant Eagle Market District

US-based Summer Garden Food Manufacturing is recalling approximately 25,000lb of Bolognese sauce products due to undeclared allergens and misbranding, according to the US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

FSIS stated that the products being recalled contain MSG as well as known allergens such as soy and wheat, which are not declared on the product label.

The recall was initiated after Summer Garden Food Manufacturing identified the problem during a quality control label review and then notified FSIS that the sub-components of the cooked seasoned shredded beef were not declared on the pasta sauce label.

The sub-components of the beef in the Bolognese sauce include soy, wheat and MSG.

Recalled products include 24oz jars of Giant Eagle Market District Bolognese Pasta Sauce bearing the establishment number 'EST. 34795' inside the USDA mark of inspection and 'Best By 12/05/2014 or 02/06/2015' on the lid.

These products were manufactured on 5 December 2012 and 6 February 2013, and were shipped to distributors in Ohio and Pennsylvania for further retail sales.

The FSIS and Summer Garden Food Manufacturing have received no reports of adverse reactions associated with the consumption of these products.

However, the agency has advised consumers concerned about an injury or illness to contact a healthcare provider.

Classified as Class II, the recall indicates a health hazard situation where there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the consumption of the product.

FSIS conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify that the recalling firms notify their customers about the recall and to ensure that necessary steps are taken in order to confirm that the product is no longer available to consumers.

Summer Garden Food Manufacturing, founded in 1948 as John Zidian Company, produces pasta sauces under the Gia Russa brand.


Image: The recall was initiated after Summer Garden Food Manufacturing identified the problem during a quality control label review. Photo courtesy of FSIS.