Company Recalls Chicken Entrees

B. Roberts Foods, a Charlotte, North Carolina-based prepared foods company, has recalled over 200 pounds of individual, grilled chicken, pre-pared entrees due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen. The entrees contain milk, which is not declared on the product label and may be a concern for people, including those who are lactose intolerant.

The exact product in concern is their 10 oz. (248 g) pre-prepared, refrigerated packages of “Harris Teeter, Fresh Foods Market, Deli-Bakery, All Natural Grilled Chicken Strips (minimally processed, no artificial ingredients)” chicken entrees. The company did not state concerns for the health or safety of the product, but rather potential concerns related to food allergies caused by mislabeling the product.

The top label on the packaging incorrectly reads “All Natural Grilled Chicken Strips (minimally processed, no artificial ingredients), Net Wt 10 oz. (248g)” and the bottom label incorrectly reads “Grilled Chicken Breast with Lemon Spaghetti.” Both labels should actually read  “Grilled Chicken Breast with Sun-dried Tomato Pasta.”

These pre-pared chicken entrees were produced by B. Roberts Foods on July 10, 2014 and bear the company number “Est. 19198” inside the USDA mark of inspection with package code “50223.” They should have a sell-by date of 07/27/14.

The mislabeled “Grilled Chicken Breast with Sun-dried Tomato Pasta” entrees were distributed to retail supermarkets across the Southeast region in Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Washington D.C., and Virginia.

Causes and Effects of the Recall Incident

The labeling problem was originally discovered by an employee at a grocery store that sells the entrees. The employee noticed that the product was incorrectly labeled and reported the error to management.

The grocery store then reported the error to B. Roberts Foods. The company confirmed that the “Grilled Chicken Breast with Sun-dried Tomato Pasta” entrees were incorrectly labeled due to an employee error during the factory process. A recall was issued for the remaining products, and they were pulled from the shelves of the supermarkets that carried them.

So far, the company has received no reports of adverse reactions or any injuries caused by the mislabeled packaging. However, anyone who is concerned about a potential reaction should contact a healthcare provider.

For more information about the recall, concerned parties can go to the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) website run by the USDA. The FSIS has a 24-hour virtual representative on hand to answer any recall questions and give advice about concerns related to this and other food product recalls.