Perdue Recalls Italian Turkey Sausage Due to Undeclared Presence of Milk

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Perdue Farms Inc in Washington IN has voluntarily recalled over 10,000 pounds of fresh sweet Italian Turkey Sausage due to the presence of milk, a known potential allergen that was not declared on the label.

The US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced that it is a low health risk, second-class recall and there are no reports of illness or adverse effects associated with the consumption of the product to date.

Under the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA) of 2004, the label of a food that contains an ingredient from a major food allergen must identify clearly the presence of the allergen. The major food allergens are milk, eggs, fish, Crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat and soybeans. These eight allergens are responsible for over 90% of documented food allergies in the US.

The product recalled is the 16-ounce packages of “PERDUE, Sweet Italian, and Lean, Turkey Sausage”, produced between March 3rd and March 15th, 2010 and were distributed to retail establishments in 11 states: Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Each package bears a use by date of 3/30/10 or before, a UPC code 72745-10301, and the establishment number EST. P-286 inside the USDA mark of inspection.

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It is estimated that about 2% of adults and about 5% of children in the US suffer from food allergies. 150 Americans die each year because of allergic reactions to food.

Milk is one of the most common food allergies in children. Symptoms differ from person to person but will occur soon after ingesting a product containing milk. These include hives, wheezing, vomiting, itchy skin rash around the mouth, watery eyes and runny nose, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps.

Milk allergy rarely causes anaphylaxis, the life-threatening reaction that narrows the airways and blocks breathing. Fortunately, most children outgrow a milk allergy by age 3.

Avoidance of the two types of protein in cow’s milk is the primary intervention. Casein is found in the solid part (curd) of milk and whey is found in the liquid part of the milk. Those allergic to cow’s milk may also be allergic to sheep, goat, and buffalo milk.

Consumers with questions about the recall should contact Perdue's Consumer Relations 1-800-473-7383.

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