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Here’s why over 2 million pounds of P.F. Chang’s chicken dinners have been recalled

What to do if you think you have a recalled product

There are many numbers and dates on the foods, drugs, cosmetics, and other products we use every day. When unsafe products must be removed from the market, these numbers and dates can help identify them quickly.
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There are many numbers and dates on the foods, drugs, cosmetics, and other products we use every day. When unsafe products must be removed from the market, these numbers and dates can help identify them quickly.

A labeling mistake turned some P.F. Chang’s chicken dinners into a food allergy danger, causing food colossus Conagra Brands to recall 2,094,186 pounds of the frozen dinners Saturday.

P.F. Chang’s Home Menu Chicken Pad Thai dinner and Home Menu Chicken Fried Rice dinner contain milk. That’s not declared in the ingredients section, which commonly breaks out allergens.

That’s not a problem if the person eating it doesn’t have a milk allergy. If the consumer does have a milk allergy, it’s a major enough problem that this is classified as a Class 1 recall, which the USDA defines as “there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.”

The list of sizes and expiration dates of the bagged dinners recalled can be seen by clicking here. Those with milk allergies or who think they might be serving the meal to someone with milk allergies can return the dinners to the place of purchase for full refund.

According to the USDA recall notice, they went to retail stores nationwide and Conagra found the problem by “a routine label verification check.”

Conagra also had this problem in March with Chef Boyardee microwave meals.

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Anyone with questions about this recall can call 1-800-860-3498.

Since 1989, David J. Neal’s domain at the Miami Herald has expanded to include writing about Panthers (NHL and FIU), Dolphins, old school animation, food safety, fraud, naughty lawyers, bad doctors and all manner of breaking news. He drinks coladas whole. He does not work Indianapolis 500 Race Day.
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