Colorado's European Meat Products recalling approximately 130,000 lbs. of fresh and ready-to-eat beef and pork products because of misbranding, undeclared allergen

WASHINGTON , January 20, 2014 (press release) – European Meat Products Inc., a Lakewood, Colo., establishment, is recalling approximately 130,000 pounds of fresh and ready-to-eat beef and pork products because of misbranding and an undeclared allergen, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The products contain wheat, a known allergen which is not declared on the labels.

The products subject to recall include:

16 oz. - vacuum pack plastic bags of "Bo Vien, Huong Duyen - Cooked Beef Meat Balls"

100 oz. - vacuum pack plastic bags of "Bo Vien, Huong Duyen - Cooked Beef Meat Balls"

16 oz. - vacuum pack plastic bags of "Cha Chien, Huong Duyen - Pork Meat Roll Browned in Soy Bean Oil"

16 oz. - plastic tubs of "Moc TUOi, Huong Duyen- Fresh Pork Paste"

16 oz. - vacuum pack plastic bags of "Gio-Lua, Huong Duyen - Pork Meat Roll"

32 oz. - vacuum pack plastic bags of "Gio-Lua, Huong Duyen - Pork Meat Roll"

The products bear the establishment number "EST. 7725" inside the USDA Mark of Inspection. The recalled products were produced prior to January 17, 2014. The products were shipped to distributors, restaurants and retail establishments in California, Colorado, and Illinois.

The problem was discovered by FSIS during a routine food safety assessment label review. The problem occurred due to a change in ingredient formulation without a corresponding change in the finished product label. FSIS and the company have received no reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about a reaction should contact a healthcare provider.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.

Consumers and media with questions about the recall should contact Phong Tong, a company executive, at (303) 233-3111.

Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at askkaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. "Ask Karen" live chat services are available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. For information on how to report a problem with a meat, poultry or processed egg product to FSIS at any time, visit http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.

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