Frozen dinners recalled because of undeclared allergen

Monday, December 3rd 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Nestle USA is recalling 52,000 pounds of frozen steak dinners distributed to 20 states because they contain anchovies, an allergen that is not listed on the box.

Anchovies, a type of fish, can cause an allergic reaction among some people. However, there have been no reports of illness from eating the frozen dinners, the Agriculture Department's Food Safety and Inspection Service said Friday in announcing the recall.

The dinners were produced under the company's Stouffer Foods label, out of a facility in Gaffney, S.C.

The recalled products are 9 5/8-ounce packages of ``Stouffer's Homestyle Entrees Salisbury Steak in Gravy with Grilled Onions and Macaroni and Cheese.'' Each package bears the code ''1305 GSO,'' ''1309 GSO,'' ''1318 GSO,'' or ''1328 GSO,'' followed by any letter of the alphabet and the code ``EST 7991.''

They were produced Nov. 1-19 and distributed to retail stores in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia.

Allergic reactions to foods may cause throat swelling, trouble breathing or a rash, which usually occur minutes after the food is eat.

Consumers can contact Nestle USA at 1-440-264-5170.