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USDA announces recall of Vitamia - and some other brands - frozen pasta products; cites high health risk

Real Pasta Inc., a New Jersey pasta company announced Wednesday the recall of several brands of frozen pasta products sold in Massachusetts after learning some 25,000 pounds of the pasta was shipped with out being inspected, according to the Food Safety Inspection Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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In addition to the inspection problem, there were also labeling problems and some of the pasta contained soy, an known allergen, but did not include it in the ingredients.clearance nike shox

The Food Safety Inspection Service considers it to be Class 1 recall, meaning there is a high health risk, and reasonable probability that use of the product “will call serious, adverse health consequences or death.”

The recall includes the following brands: Angelina Foodservice, Deer Park Ravioli, K-Bella, La Gustosa Ravioli, NY Ravioli and Pasta, Pasta Del Mondo, Queen Ann Ravioli, Raffetto’s Corp, Real Pasta Inc., San Marco Ravioli, Serino’s Italian Foodservice, and Vitamia.

The recalled products include meat ravioli, meat ravioli round, meat tortellini, pre-cooked meat tortellini, veal tortellini, meat raviolinni, chicken tortellini, and chicken ravioli with smoked mozzarella

The products recalled were packaged on various days since Nov. 14, 2012, and were shipped bearing one of the following establishment numbers: Est. 21479, P-21479, Est. 4702, or P-4702, Est. 1835, or P-1835.

Wholesale and retail outlets can identify bulk pack product by the following Julian codes: 12318 through 12366, and 13001 through 13121.

The products were distributed in Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York.

There have been no reports of health problems as a result of consumption of any of the products. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a healthcare provider. 

Consumers and members of the media who have questions regarding the recall can contact James Realbuto, the company’s owner, at (201) 552-9242.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at www.AskKaren.gov .

“Ask Karen” live chat services are available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.

Source: www.masslive.com

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