Westlake Foods recalls sausage with pork ears, snouts, binder

Aug. 24, 2013 at 1:48 AM
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SANTA ANA, Calif., Aug. 24 (UPI) -- Westlake Foods in California is recalling about 47,419 pounds of cured pork, sausage with pork ears and snouts and binder product pork skin, officials say.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service said the recall was due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen. The products contain wheat, a known allergen which is not declared on the labels, the FSIS said.

The products subject to recall included:

-- 11-pound to 13-pound cases of "Tay Ho Cured Pork Artificially Colored." This product was distributed for institutional use nationwide.

-- 14-ounce packages of "Tay Ho Cured Pork Sausage With Pork Ears And Snouts." This product was distributed for retail sales nationwide.

-- 11-pound to 13-pound cases of "Don Cafe Cured Pork Meat and Binder Product Pork skin added." This product was distributed for institutional use in Houston.

The products bear the establishment number "EST. 1627A" inside the USDA Mark of Inspection. They can be further identified by a case code "233001" through "213234." All products were produced between Jan. 1, and Aug. 22.

The problem was discovered by an FSIS inspector during a routine label review. The problem is believed to have occurred due to a change in the company's spice mix, which was not reflected on the products' labels.

The FSIS and the company have not received any reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about a reaction should contact a healthcare provider.

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