Glove pieces in Panera bread soup prompt recall

WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:

  • More than 6,300 pounds of Panera Bread’s ready-to-eat chicken tortilla soup were recalled on Friday.
  • The US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued the recall after soup maker Blount Fine Foods received several complaints that the products may have been contaminated with pieces of gloves.
  • There were no reports of illnesses so far.

More than 6,300 pounds of Panera’s chicken tortilla soup has been recalled after several reports were made of glove pieces being found in the product.

The U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), which is a division of the Department of Agriculture, reports that Panera Bread is recalling some of its Panera Bread at Home Chicken Tortilla Soup. The recall was issued after the company received “several consumer complaints” that led the agency to discover the soup “may be contaminated with extraneous material, specifically pieces of gray nitrile glove.”

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Nitrile is rubber, suggesting that a food preparation glove made it into a batch of the chicken tortilla soup.

The recalled soup produced on July 1 comes in 16-ounce plastic containers marked “Panera BREAD at HOME Chicken Tortilla Soup” with lot code 070121-1V and has a use-by date of Sept. 9, the FSIS said.

The products also have the establishment number “P-13130” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

The fully-cooked, ready to eat, chicken tortilla soup has already been shipped to retail locations in Arizona, Florida, Georgia and Texas.

Blount Fine Foods, the McKinney-based food manufacturer, said there have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to the consumption of the products. The manufacturer does recommend that anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact their healthcare provider.

The agency also states: “FSIS is concerned that some product may be in consumers’ refrigerators. 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.”

Anyone with questions about the recall can contact Blount Fine Foods Customer Care Team at 866-674-4519 Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 a.m. EST.

Source: ABC-7

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