A whopping 1.7 million pounds plus of Bob Evans Maple Links and Patties recalled for not listing MSG on the packaging or labels. BEF Foods Inc. made the announcement on Monday, October 22, 2012. The problem was discovered when a routine label audit was being performed.
BEF Foods Inc. is based out of Columbus, Ohio, but the issue stems from products that were produced in two other facilities. The incorrectly labeled items came out of the company’s Xenia, Ohio and Hillsdale, Michigan production facilities. The USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service has reported that the products effected were produced between the dates April 4, 2012, and October 19, 2012.
This issue came about because the Bob Evans company reformulated the products and discontinued use of a certain spice blend that contained Monosodium Glutamate. This ingredient was then removed from the labels. The facilities in Xenia and Hillsdale continued using the spice blend, which contains MSG, despite not having it listed on the packaging as an ingredient.
Although MSG is not considered an allergen by the USDA, it still has the potential to cause allergic reactions in certain individuals. For those people who are sensitive to MSG, a reaction could be severe and dangerous. There have been no reported cases of adverse allergic reactions caused by these specific products.
You can check your freezer and refrigerator to see if you have any of the effected products. Twelve ounce packages of Bob Evans Maple Links that have UPC numbers “075900002300″, “075900002324″, and “075900000085″ are included in this recall. Twelve ounce packages of Bob Evans Maple Patties that have the UPC numbers “075900002522″, “0759000025028″, and “075900000795″ are also included in the recall.
If you are concerned about a potential adverse reaction, you are advised to contact your healthcare provider. Anyone who has purchased these products is encouraged to check the UPC codes. Consumers should check their packages of Bob Evans Maple Links and Patties now that they have been recalled.