Over 121,000 pounds of pork and turkey products have been recalled by Blue Grass Quality Meats in response to a supplier discovering soy in the products. The reason behind the recall was announced on Monday as the company issued notices to retailers regarding the products.
What Has Been Recalled?
A number of products of various brands and with varying “sell by” dates are covered by the recall. These include “BLUE GRASS CAJUN STYLE TURKEY BREAST” with sell by dates from 7/1/19 to 1/9/20, “Troyer CAJUN STYLE BACON” that is best from 1/28/19 to 2/19/20, and “Robinson’s PREMIUM Cajun Style Turkey Breast” that has a “best by” date between 7/12/19 to 1/16/20.
Other recalled products, like “OLDE WORLD Cajun Style TURKEY BREAST” bearing dates from 7/1/19 to 1/1/20 and “Troyer CAJUN STYLE TURKEY BREAST” that has dates on the packaging from 7/18/19 to 1/21/20, could also be contaminated by the soy allergen.
All affected products will bear the numbers “P-7417” or “EST. 7417” on their USDA inspection mark. This should make it easy to narrow down what has been recalled.
Why Has This Pork and Turkey Recall Been Issued?
A supplier of the meat products detected an undeclared allergen in the affected products: soy. While soy allergies aren’t exactly common, a food manufacturer not declaring the presence of any allergen is dangerous. Not only is it illegal, but it could cause serious harm to an unknowing person.
According to Blue Grass Quality Meats, no one has been injured or harmed as a result of the soy contamination. As of the time of this writing, the recall occurred before anyone with a serious soy allergy was exposed to the products.
The recall notice for the products from the Food Safety and Inspection Service reads “FSIS is concerned that some product may be in retailers’ deli and consumers’ refrigerators or freezers. Retailers who have obtained these products are urged not to sell them.
“Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase,” the statement reads.
If you have any of the affected items, you’re urged to follow this official advice from the government agency.