April 26, 2021 | Susan Napier-Sewell

Absence of Inspection Triggers Pasta Products Recall: USDA

RECALL for food safety

We recently learned about a sizable food recall via the USDA as it broke the news about a pasta products recall for lack of inspection.

Avanza Pasta LLC is the producer of the pasta products under recall. The following is the official statement from the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) regarding the March 20, 2021, recall:

“Avanza Pasta, LLC., an Evanston, Illinois, establishment, is recalling approximately 2,237 pounds of meat and poultry pasta products that were produced without the benefit of federal inspection, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

“The meat and poultry ravioli and tortellini items were produced on various dates from October 5, 2019, through March 12, 2021. The products subject to recall can be found here:

“The products subject to recall do not bear an establishment number nor the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to restaurants, distributors, and retail locations in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin.               

“The problem was discovered by FSIS during in-commerce surveillance activities.

“There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about a reaction should contact a healthcare provider.  

“FSIS is concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers’ freezers. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

“FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.

“Consumers and members of the media with questions about the recall can contact Pavlos Loumbroukos, Operations Manager for Avanza Pasta, LLC., at (847) 584-2891.

Consumers with food safety questions can call the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) or live chat via Ask USDA from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Consumers can also browse food safety messages at Ask USDA or send a question via email to MPHotline@usda.gov. For consumers that need to report a problem with a meat, poultry, or egg product, the online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at https://foodcomplaint.fsis.usda.gov/eCCF/.”

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