FDA Announces Recall of Mislabeled Esh Foods Seafood Spreads to Avoid Potentially Fatal Allergic Reactions from Undeclared Crabmeat and Shrimp

The FDA has announced (http://www.fda.gov/oc/po/firmrecalls/esh08_05.html) Esh Foods LLC of Gordonville, Pennsylvania, is recalling its 5-pound packages of seafood spreads because they contain undeclared crabmeat cocktail and shrimp.

People who have allergies to surimi, shrimp, and milk run the risk of serious or life threatening allergic reaction if they consume these mislabeled products.

The recalled products were distributed to customers in New Jersey, Maryland, and Pennsylvania by refrigerated truck.

The product comes in 5-pound white plastic packages which has the Esh Foods label on the top with a Julian date of #202. The product is sold at farmers markets in smaller unlabeled containers.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

The recall was initiated after Esh Foods discovered the recalled product was distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of seafood and milk.

Subsequent investigation indicates the problem was caused by a temporary breakdown in the company’s production and packaging processes.

Production of the product has been suspended until the FDA and Esh Foods are certain the problem has been corrected.

Consumers who have purchased the product are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Jason Stolzfus at 717-768-8542.

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