Ludlow, Mass. (WGGB) — The Chili Station in Ludlow is recalling approximately 3,800 pounds of chili products because they may have been produced without the benefit of federal inspection.
That’s according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) who made the announcment today.
The products being recalled include ‘B7 ‘B75 gallon containers, 1-gallon bags of The Chili Station Beef Chili with Beans, ‘B7 5 gallon containers, and 1-gallon of The Chili Station Beef Chili with Beans and/or Turkey Chili.
Case labels or packaging may bear the establishment numbers EST. 6380 or P-6380 inside the mark of inspection or simply ink-jetted on the case label, and the products were sold in Massachusetts. The problem was discovered during a routine Food Safety Assessment conducted by FSIS.
Chili Station Representative, Jeffrey Belkin, told Abc40, “There is absolutely no danger to anyone healthwise. The chili was recalled because of a procedural/paperwork problem. An inspector did not show one day when we were cooking the chili at the Ludlow facility.”
The FSIS reports they have received no reports of illness due to consumption of these products. However, they do advise anyone who may be concerned about an illness should contact their health care provider.
While Belkin did admit they made a mistake when it came to the paperwork side of things, he said that they too have received no reports of anyone getting sick from the chili.
“Currently, there is only about 500 lbs. of this product out there and it’s at the whole sale level with only one distributor, not at the retail level,” he added.
The 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 recalled product is no longer available to consumers.
Consumers with food safety questions can Ask Karen, the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at www.AskKaren.gov or they can contact the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854).