BaLe Pork Rolls Allergy Alerts and Recalls
|Date:||June 1, 2012|
|What:||BaLe pork roll products|
|Why:||Misbranding; Wheat allergen not declared on the labels|
|Scope:||California, Colorado, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota|
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced that BaLe Meat Processing and Wholesale, a Chicago, Illinois establishment, is recalling approximately 13,200 pounds of various raw and ready-to-eat BaLe pork roll products because of misbranding and an undeclared food allergen wheat.
The BaLe pork roll products subject to recall include:
- BaLe Cha Bi (Skin Pork Patty Roll)
- BaLe Cha Lua (Steamed Pork Patty Roll)
- BaLe Cha Chien (Fried Pork Patty Roll)
- BaLe Cha Hue (Spicy Pork Patty Roll)
- BaLe Cha Lua La Chuoi (Steamed Pork Roll Wrapped in Banana Leaves)
- BaLe Cha Lua (Raw Pork Roll finished product)
The products affected may have been sold in various vacuum-sealed package sizes including: .42 pound pieces shipped in 42 pound cases, .84 pound pieces shipped in 42 pound cases, 1.87 pound pieces shipped in 56 pound cases or 5 pound pieces shipped in 30 pound cases.
The BaLe pork rolls bear the establishment number "EST. 18442" inside the USDA mark of inspection on the label. The products were shipped to retail locations in Oakland, California; Denver, Colorado; Chicago, Illinois; Dorchester, Massachusetts; and Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The problem was discovered by FSIS personnel during label verification procedures at the facility. Wheat is a sub-ingredient in the baking powder used to make the products and is not listed on the final label. The discrepancy may have occurred during the switch to a new ingredient supplier last September.
FSIS and the company have received no reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of the BaLe pork roll products. Anyone concerned about a reaction should contact a health care provider.
Consumers with questions about the BaLe pork rolls recall should contact the BaLe company Secretary, Tim Nguyen at (773) 612-9543.
Consumers with questions about food safety can Ask Heidi, a certified food safety professional.