Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Chicken Salad Recalled for Being Tuna Salad - Allergen Mislabeling

Whole Foods is recalling chicken salad product that contains...tuna salad.  While this mislabeling issue may seem small and easy to make, it is reason for a Class I recall due to undeclared allergens, in this case, fish in the product but not on the label.  The issue was discovered at store level as store employees were unpacking the product.

According to the report, this company had a similar issue in the past.  In January of 2017, they shipped egg salad labeled as chicken salad.  Again, this is a allergen mislabeling issue.  This would be where one would want to have an Allergen Preventive Control or a Critical Control Point to ensure the labels match the product produced.

It seems that Jessica Simpson made the same mistake...thinking Chicken of the Sea was chicken.  Don't be like Jessica Simpson, control your labels!

USDA Recall Notice
Willow Tree Poultry Farm Recalls Chicken Salad Products Due To Misbranding And Undeclared Allergens
Class I Recall 080-2017
Health Risk: High
Jul 1, 2017

Distribution List PDF
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Congressional and Public Affairs  Julie Schwartz  (202) 720-9113 

WASHINGTON, July 1, 2017 – Willow Tree Poultry Farm, an Attleboro, Mass., establishment, is recalling approximately 440 pounds of tuna salad products due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The product contains tuna, a known allergen which is not declared on the product label and the packing was mislabeled as chicken salad product.

The buffalo style chicken products were produced on June 27, 2017. The following products are subject to recall: [View Labels (PDF Only)]
12.5 oz. individual plastic containers of “buffalo style chicken salad.”

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “P-8827” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to Whole Foods Market locations in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York.

The problem was discovered by Whole Foods Market employees whilst unpacking the product.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

FSIS 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. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Alex Cekala, General Manager, at (508) 951-8351. Media with questions about the recall can contact Walter Cekala, President, at (508) 944-0529.

Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at or via smartphone at The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at:

Fox News
Whole Foods 'chicken salad' recalled for containing no chicken
Published July 03, 2017
Fox News

Tuna and chicken have been needlessly conflated ever since a tuna company started marketing their canned fish products as “Chicken of the Sea.” (Just ask Jessica Simpson.)

But now, Whole Foods has fallen victim to similar confusion, after one of their poultry suppliers mistakenly sent the store a large shipment of “chicken salad” that actually contained tuna.

The Willow Tree Poultry Farm, of Attleboro, Mass., has recalled 440 pounds of “buffalo-style chicken salad” — which actually contained tuna salad — after Whole Foods employees discovered the discrepancy while unpacking, the USDA reports.

A spokesperson for Willow Tree tells Fox News that the packages actually contained cranberry-apple tuna salad.

According to the USDA, the product was pulled for “misbranding,” and containing an “undeclared allergen.” The recall affects 12.5-ounce packages of “chicken salad” shipped to stores in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York. Furthermore, each package carried the Whole Foods brand name, and not that of Willow Tree.

As of Saturday, when the USDA first announced the recall, there had been no confirmed reports of allergic reactions. Consumers are being urged to discard the salads or return them to Whole Foods.

As to why the Willow Tree Poultry Farm — which lists no tuna products on its official website — was sending shipments of tuna to whole foods in the first place, a spokesperson for Willow Tree tells Fox News that the company produces "private label" products for select Whole Foods locations.

Willow Tree's spokesperson added that the recall only affected about 35 Whole Foods stores, and that no Willow Tree-branded products were affected by the misbranding.

This isn’t the first time Willow Tree has recalled a product due to “misbranding” in recent months: In January, the company issued a recall of 204 pounds of “chicken salad” after the product was found to contain egg salad instead. In this case, Willow Tree discovered the discrepancy after sending the product to a supplier in New Jersey.

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