Progresso Soup Recall As Over 15,000 Pounds of Products Have Undeclared Allergens

Cans of Progresso's Organic Chicken Noodle Soup, produced by Faribault Foods Inc., have been recalled after customers complained it contained beef and pork, instead of chicken noodle soup. The products were also reported to have undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) confirmed in a statement Tuesday.

The FSIS announced the recall of around 15,134 pounds of the canned soup product "due to misbranding and undeclared allergens." The products were found to contain two known allergens—milk and soy—that were not disclosed on the product label.

"The cans labeled as chicken noodle soup actually contain a meatball and pasta product. The canned soup items were produced on May 26, 2020," the FSIS confirmed in the statement.

The 14-ounce cans of Progresso Organic Chicken Noodle Soup each have a "BestByMAY262022" date printed on the bottom of the can and a best-by date of "09JUN2022" on the product case.

The products can also be identified by an establishment number (EST18826A) on the bottom of the can below the best-by date.

There were no reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products, but those who purchased these products have been urged not to consume them. "These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase," the FSIS noted.

The products were shipped to retailers nationwide. The issue was discovered when the company's distributor notified the FSIS of customers complaining the soup contained meatballs and pasta instead of chicken and noodles.

Last December, cans of chicken soup produced by Canyon Creek Soup Co. Ltd. were recalled after the products were found to contain traces of two known allergens—wheat and soy.

Food allergies are reported to affect 32 million people in the U.S., according to Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE).

Over 170 foods have been reported to cause reactions in the U.S. Eight major food allergens include milk, egg, peanut, tree nuts, wheat, soy, fish and crustacean shellfish.

"Food-induced anaphylaxis is a serious allergic reaction that is sudden in onset and may cause death," FARE warns.

Last December, an outbreak of listeria in several states due to infected hard-boiled eggs prompted Veggie Noodle Co. to issue a voluntary recall of its Cece's brand Fresh Veggie Ramen with Chicken Broth.

The product was recalled across the country, regardless of the expiration date, because its separately packaged egg may be contaminated with a potentially fatal organism, Listeria monocytogenes.

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A worker arranges cans of soup on a supermarket shelf in San Rafael, California on May 20, 2016. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images