California firm recalls cured pork products due to misbranding, undeclared allergen

Products from Westlake Foods contain wheat; Known allergen not declared on labels

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WASHINGTON - A California firm is recalling approximately 47,419 pounds of cured pork products because of misbranding and an undeclared allergen, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Friday.

The products from Westlake Foods, a Santa Ana, Calif., establishment, contain wheat, a known allergen which is not declared on the labels.

The products subject to recall include:

  • 11-lb. to 13-lb. cases of "Tay Ho Cured Pork Artificially Colored." This product was distributed for institutional use nationwide.
  • 14-oz. packages of "Tay Ho Cured Pork Sausage With Pork Ears And Snouts." This product was distributed for retail sales nationwide.
  • 11-lb. to 13-lb. cases of "Don Café Cured Pork Meat and Binder Product Pork skin added." This product was distributed for institutional use in the Houston, Texas area.

FSIS said the products bear the establishment number "EST. 1627A" inside the USDA Mark of Inspection. They can be further identified by a case code "233001" through "213234."

All products were produced between Jan. 1, 2013, and Aug. 22, 2013, according to FSIS.

The problem was discovered by an FSIS inspector during a routine label review. The problem is believed to have occurred due to a change in the company's spice mix, which officials said was not reflected on the products' labels.

FSIS and the company have received no reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about a reaction should contact a healthcare provider.

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