US-based Kent Quality Foods has recalled 308,430lbs of beef, pork, and turkey-based ready-to-eat (RTE) hot dog and sausage products due to an undeclared allergen.

The products that have been recalled contain soy, a known allergen, which was not declared on the label.

The announcement was made by the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

Kent Quality Foods discovered the issue on 12 May during product inventory activities.

The firm identified that the spice mixture used in the production of one of their Beef Polish sausage contained hydrolysed soy protein as an ingredient, which was not printed on the label of the final product.

Even though the Beef Polish sausage product was the only product that was formulated with the spice mix containing the soy ingredient, the company has recalled several other ready-to-eat sausages and hot dog products due to potential cross-contamination via shared equipment during the raw and ready-to-eat processing steps.

"The company has recalled several other ready-to-eat sausages and hot dog products due to potential cross-contamination via shared equipment during the raw and ready-to-eat processing steps."

The RTE hot dog and sausage items were produced on various dates from 9 September 2017 through 29 April 2018 and were shipped to distribution and restaurant locations nationwide.

The products, which are subject to recall, bear establishment number ‘EST. 5694’ inside the USDA mark of inspection.

Until now, there have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions or illness due to consumption of these products.

FSIS has urged consumers not to eat the products and to dispose or return the products to the place of purchase.

The recall has been classified as Class II by FSIS, which indicates that there is a health hazard situation where there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product.