The Arizona Republic: 18,000 pounds of turkey-and-cheese lunch kits recalled

 Paul Giblin, The Republic | azcentral.com 4:27 p.m. MST June 2, 2015

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Anytime Foods Turkey & Cheese Lunch Kits have been recalled for egg allergens and misbranding.
  • Approximately 18,000 pounds of the lunch kits are being removed from shelves.
  • Egg allergies affect as many as 2 percent of children, an allergy group says.

A company that produces lunch packages recalled its "Anytime Foods Turkey & Cheese Lunch Kit" because of misbranding and an undeclared allergen.

Food in the four-compartment plastic tray packages contains egg, which is not declared on the product label, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Total Packaging of Kentucky, the manufacturer based in Owensboro, Ky., said it is recalling 18,000 pounds of the lunch kits.

The specific packages are marked with the code "P6734A" inside the USDA mark of inspection.

The lunch kits were produced on May 4, 5, 12 and 18, according to the government. The problem was discovered by inspectors for the federal Food Safety and Inspection Service.

The packages were shipped for "institutional" use, according to the Department of Agriculture. A representative for the company did not immediately return a phone call by The Arizona Republic seeking further details.

As of late last week, neither the agency nor the company had received reports of adverse reactions because of consumption of the products, the Department of Agriculture said.

However, the federal government rated the matter a Class 1 recall, meaning there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause "serious, adverse health consequences or death."

As much as 2 percent of children are allergic to eggs, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. Children who are allergic can have reactions ranging from a mild rash to anaphylaxis, a life-threatening condition that impairs breathing and can send the body into shock, according to the organization.

Total Packaging produces packaged sandwiches for retail outlets, convenience, vending machines and related food outlets, according to its website. The company packages meats, cheeses, sandwiches, sandwich and pizza condiments and related products.

More information is available by calling Matt Steele, quality assurance director at Total Packaging, at 270-684-9223; or the Department of Agriculture Meat and Poultry Hotline at 888-674-6854.