Cooked Perfect frozen homestyle meatballs recalled in 10 states for allergen risk

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Frozen meatballs sold in 10 states are being recalled “due to misbranding and undeclared allergens,” according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Norwood, Massachusetts-based Home Market Foods Inc. is recalling approximately 53,217 pounds of frozen ready-to-eat beef and pork meatball products, the federal government announced in a statement Thursday.

The 48-ounce bags of Cooked Perfect Brand Homestyle Meatballs “contain milk and wheat, known allergens, which are not declared on the product label,” the statement said.

The recalled products were shipped to retail locations in Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina and Rhode Island, the statement said.

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According to the statement, the affected products produced April 2 are labeled as “Homestyle Meatballs” but they may contain “Cranberry Stuffed Meatballs.” The meatballs have a July 2, 2020, best if used by date and say “EST. 2727” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

The problem was discovered when a consumer reported the product was incorrectly labeled, the statement said. There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products.

Consumers are urged not to eat the meatballs and to return to stores for a refund or to throw theout. For more information about the recall, contact Dawn Bourget, of Home Market Foods, at 781-948-1559.

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service classified the announcement as a “Class I” recall. Such recalls are considered a high health risk – a “situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.”

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