Beef Jerky Recall as 67,000 Pounds Could Contain Undeclared Allergen

More than 67,000 pounds of beef jerky, which were sold online and shipped to retail stores in California, are being recalled because they weren't properly labeled and contained an undeclared ingredient.

The beef jerky, produced by the Legacy Food Company, contains sesame oil, which is an allergen that has been omitted from the label, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) said.

The items were produced between July 20 last year and May 14, 2021. The following products are being recalled:

  • 10-lb. packages containing "N4 Vua Kho Bo Curry Beef Jerky."
  • 10-lb. packages containing "N8 Vua Kho Bo Flank Steak Beef Jerky Fish Sauce."
  • 10-lb. packages containing "N9 Vua Kho Bo House Special Beef Jerky Fish Sauce."
  • 10-lb. packages containing "Vua Kho Bo Hot Beef Jerky."
  • 10-lb. packages containing "Hot Peppered Beef Jerky."
  • 16-oz. packages containing "Formosa Brand Hot Peppered Beef Jerky."

The recalled 10-pound products bear the establishment number "Est. 8256" and the 16-ounce product bears the establishment number "EST 2446" inside the USDA mark of inspection.

The 10-pound beef jerky products were sold in bulk packaging and then repackaged and relabeled for online sales. Stores generally remove original packaging to display products for sale.

A routine FSIS label verification found that the labels didn't accurately list all the ingredients.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions after eating the beef jerky, but anyone concerned about an illness should contact their health-care provider, the FSIS said. Anyone who has purchased these products is urged not to eat them, and should either throw them away or return them to the place of purchase.

The FSIS also said it "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."

Sesame oil can be dangerous for those with a sesame allergy. According to Anaphylaxis.org, mild symptoms of a sesame allergy may include nettle rash anywhere on the body or a tingling or itchy feeling in the mouth.

More serious symptoms are uncommon, but remain a possibility for some people, and may include swelling around the face, throat and mouth, difficulty breathing and severe asthma. In extreme cases, a person could experience anaphylactic shock, which can be life-threatening.

In rare cases, sesame seeds or sesame seed oil may cause a delayed reaction, making skin red, swollen, and sore.

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