The Texas grocery store chain, H-E-B is issuing a voluntary but also precautionary recall of tray packed and bulk cryovac chorizo, as well as the store brand cryovac pork al pastor because of undeclared peanut allergens in the seasonings that was provided by the company Adams Food Flavors and Ingredients.
Although there have not been any reported illnesses in connection with the chorizo meat, if someone with an allergy to peanuts were to eat the product it could be very serious, if not life-threatening.
Anyone with a known allergy or extreme sensitivity to peanuts is at risk for suffering a severe reaction if the products being recalled are consumed. Therefore, the H-E-B store is advising the public to beware and if any of the products in question have been purchased, they can be returned to the closest H-E-B store to receive a full refund.
The issue with the seasoning was first discovered on December 26 when Adams Food Flavors and Ingredients announced that one of the ingredients used in a spice blend has tested positive for residue of peanut. This particular spice blend is used only to random weight H-E-B cryovac pork al pastor and tray packed H-E-B chorizo.
According to an H-E-B spokesperson, all the items have already been removed but some of the products could have already been purchased by consumers. The specific products that H-E-B is recalling include:
- H-E-B cryovac pork al pastor – Sell date from October 31 to January 9
- H-E-B bulk tray pack chorizo – Sell date from November 3 to December 28
- H-E-B retail tray pack chorizo – Sell dates from October 25 to December 28
As stated by the grocery store spokesperson, any of the listed products with those sale dates need to be returned to a local H-E-B store for a refund. If any consumers have problems or questions, Customer Relations at H-E-B can be contacted by phone Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.