Chef Boyardee bowls recalled over labeling mix-up

The company behind the popular “Chef Boyardee” food brand has issued a recall for over 2,800 pounds of its chicken and rice products over a labeling mix-up that could lead to consumption of potential allergens. Conagra Brands, Inc., said the affected products are labeled and marketed as a chicken and rice-based product, but actually contain beef ravioli.

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Affected products were produced and packaged on Jan. 16, 2019 and include 7.5 ounce canned microwavable bowls of “Chef Boyardee rice with chicken & vegetables,” according to the Food Safety and Inspection Service website.

The items have a package code of 210090151050045L, a best by date of July 8, 2020 and were shipped to retailers in Florida, Kentucky and New York.

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The company said they were alerted to the problem after consumers complained of opening up the product labeled as “rice with chicken & vegetables,” only to discover beef ravioli. While no adverse effects have been reported, the impacted products may contain milk and wheat, which is not declared on the label.

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Consumers who purchased recalled products are instructed to either throw it away or return it to place of purchase for a refund. Additional questions should be directed to Conagra’s manager of quality at (800)921-7404, or to the Food Safety and Inspection Service website.