Improper Gluten-Free Label Prompts Turkey Meatball Recall

Improper Gluten-Free Label Prompts Turkey Meatball Recall
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November 2, 2015

Joseph Epstein Food Enterprises is recalling about 190 pounds of turkey meatball products due to misbranding. The recall was announced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

While the label of Mama Mancini's turkey meatballs claims the product is gluten-free, third party laboratory testing found that the meatballs actually contain an excess of the maximum allowable 20 ppm of gluten.

The product is packaged in 22-ounce cartons with a label reading Mama Mancini's Slow Cooked Italian Style Sauce and Turkey Meatballs – Gluten Free. The product bears establishment number P-21734 inside the USDA mark of inspection, product code 4740, and expiration date of 12/10/2015.

The recalled items were shipped to retail locations in New Jersey.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.

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.

Customers with questions about the recall can contact company president Matt Brown at (917) 705-7514.