Lack of Federal Inspection Leads to Recall of Empanadas from Mama Lina's

Lack of Federal Inspection Leads to Recall of Empanadas from Mama Lina's
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November 30, 2015

Mama Lina's Inc. is issuing a recall for more than 1,750 pounds of beef and chicken empanada products that crossed US borders without the benefit of an inspection. By missing this step, the US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is unable to guarantee that the items are safe for consumption.

The recall applies to Chipotle Chicken Empanada, Beef Empanada, Chicken Empanada, and Sweet Wine Beef Empanada. These items are packaged in cases, bags, and trays and bear establishment number EST. 2012 inside the USDA mark of inspection.

Mama Lina's shipped these items to a retail location in San Diego, CA.

The problem was discovered during routine FSIS inspection. The beef empanadas and chicken empanadas were found in the establishment's freezer and did not have the marks of FSIS inspection. The products had a "deli" sticker and labels indicating that the products are manufactured by another entity, which leases part of the facility from Mama Lina's.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products.

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 lma Villarruel, Mama Lina's Inc., Office Manager, at (858) 535-0620.