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This Recalled Pork Could Be In Your Fridge Right Now, USDA Says

It may contain hydrolyzed soy protein, a known allergen.
Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN
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Almost 1,000 pounds of Hempstead Foodservice pork chop products are being recalled because they were misbranded and may contain undeclared allergens. The pork recall was issued after verification activities from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

The pork was heat-treated and produced between April 6 and April 30, 2021, and may contain hydrolyzed soy protein, which is a known allergen. It was sent in 10- to 41-pound cardboard boxes to several grocery store and restaurant retailers in New York, at which point, the pork chops are then cooked and sold to customers. "The products subject to recall bear establishment number 'EST. 47142' inside the USDA mark of inspection," the recall announcement says.

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"FSIS is concerned that some product may be in retailer and consumers' refrigerators," the announcement continues, which urges that the products should be thrown away or returned. "Any consumers concerned about a cooked or prepared pork chop product they recently purchased should contact the store for further details."

Hydrolyzed soy protein is used to enhance the natural flavor of food, according to FoodAdditives.net. But, having an allergy to soy is common so it's important to have it featured on the label.

"Soy allergy is more common in infants and young children than in older children. Most children eventually outgrow their allergy to soy, although some individuals remain allergic to soy throughout their lives," according to Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE). "When a person with a soy allergy is exposed to soy, proteins in the soy bind to IgE antibodies made by the person's immune system. This triggers the person's immune defenses, leading to reaction symptoms that can be mild or very severe."

These can include hives, itching around the mouth or throat, and digestive problems. They can appear minutes after consuming soy, or up to hours later.

A few other items are also potentially dangerous to consume right now. Here are 5 Nationwide Grocery Recalls You Need to Know About, and for information on how to keep yourself and your family safe against any potential food recalls and everyday bacteria that can live on surfaces, follow these two steps to sanitize your kitchen.

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Amanda McDonald
Amanda is a staff writer for Eat This, Not That!. Read more