Frozen Meatball Recall Issued Over “Undeclared Allergen” Alert

A popular brand of frozen meatball sold in ten states is being recalled this week over concerns of “misbranding and undeclared allergens.” 

According to a release from the federal government, Home Market Foods Inc is recalling more than 53,000 pounds of frozen, ready-to-eat beef and pork meatball products.  These are 48-ounce bags of Cooked Perfect Brand Homestyle Meatballs from Home Market Foods Inc.  The statement warns that these may “contain milk and wheat, known allergens, which are not declared on the product label.” 

The recalled products would have already been shipped to stores in Maryland, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, New York, Florida, Massachusetts, Georgia, Connecticut, and Maine.  

In the statement, the company reports the affected products would have been packaged on April 2 and labeled as “Homestyle Meatballs” but may actually contain “Cranberry Stuffed Meatballs”.  Also, the packages will have a “best-if-used-by” date of July 2, 2020 as well as an “EST 2727” found within the USDA market of inspection. 

The USDA’s Food and Safety Inspection Service has classified this announcement as a “Class I” recall. This means it is considered to be a high health risk or, as the USDA puts it: “a situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.”

As far as food recalls go, this is relatively mild, even as the USDA FSIS classifies it as a high health risk.  The case is limited to only a few locations and the allergen risk is not as deadly as others; and there is no contamination from dangerous or foreign materials. Still, of course, it is important to recognize and remedy that this improper labeling could bring severe reaction to those it might directly affect.