Fried pork skins recalled over allergen labeling

The Evans Food Group Ltd. of Arlington, Texas, is recalling 3,796 pounds of ready-to-eat fried pork skins due to a missing allergen warning.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, the “red hot” variety of the pork skins contain soy, which is a known allergen, but a variety pack of the pork skins from the company doesn’t declare that on its label.

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A warning is printed on the individual packages of the “red hot” pork skins, but a consumer wouldn’t be able to see it unless they had already opened the larger box.

The FSIS said the fried pork skins were produced April 15-May 11, 2020, and specifically includes the following product:

  • 10-ounce box of "Mac's CHICHARRONES PORK SKINS Hot & Spicy VARIETY PACK 10 SINGLES" containing 1-ounce bags of "Mac's CHICHARRONES PORK SKINS RED HOT FRIED PORK SKINS" with "best-by" dates 7/8/2020, 7/29/2020, 8/1/2020, 8/17/2020 and 8/19/2020 and lot codes 20106, 20107, 20113, 20118, 20122, 20125, 20128 and 20129 represented on the label.

The products being recalled include the establishment number “EST. 7293” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

The fried pork skins were shipped nationwide.

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According to the FSIS, the problem with found during a records review, and there have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions to eating the product, though it added anyone concerned about an injury or illness to contact a healthcare provider.

As for the pork skins that may already be in people’s pantries, the FSIS recommends not eating them, but instead throwing them away or returning to where they were bought.

Anyone with questions should contact the Evans Food Group at 1-800-543-7113.

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