WASHINGTON, August 24, 2022 – The US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health alert for poultry and meat products containing a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulated corn starch that has been recalled due to an undeclared allergen, specifically milk. FSIS is issuing this public health alert to ensure that consumers are aware that these products should not be consumed. This situation is currently under development, which means that more products may be added. Keep checking back for possible updates.
While this public health alert focuses on chicken and pork tamale products, FSIS believes it is likely that additional meat and poultry products will be affected by the FDA-regulated corn starch. The list of products subject to the public health alert is available here, and the labels are available here. Tamales were shipped to warehouse, distributor and retail locations in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. However, if other products are added, additional conditions may be affected.
FSIS and FDA are coordinating on the recalled corn starch and are working together to determine the extent of distribution of the corn starch to other establishments.
There have been no confirmed reports of side effects due to consumption of these products. Anyone who is concerned about an illness should contact a healthcare professional.
FSIS is concerned that some products may be in consumers̵[ads1]7; homes. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be discarded or returned to the place of purchase.
Consumers with food safety questions can call the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 888-MPHotline (888-674-6854) or live chat via Ask USDA from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Consumers can also browse food safety alerts at Ask USDA or email a question to MPHotline@usda.gov. For consumers who need to report a problem with a meat, poultry or egg product, the online Consumer Complaint Monitoring System is available 24 hours a day at https://foodcomplaint.fsis.usda.gov/eCCF/.