Tampa Bay Fisheries of Florida issued a recall on certain fish fillet products sold at Whole Foods Markets, as reported in a recent press release. The recall, initiated due to an undeclared soy allergen in the products, was announced by Tampa Bay Fisheries on a Friday and subsequently published by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the following day.
The specific products affected by this recall include 365 by Whole Foods Market 32-ounce bags of “beer batter pollock” and 12-ounce cartons of “beer batter cod” fillets. The FDA’s release emphasized the potential risks for individuals with soy allergies, highlighting the possibility of severe or life-threatening allergic reactions upon consuming these products.
It was identified that the recalled products were available for purchase at Whole Foods stores nationwide between September 8 and December 22, 2023. The recall was prompted by the discovery that these products containing soy had been distributed without proper disclosure of the soy ingredient on the packaging.
At the time of the recall announcement, no illnesses related to the consumption of these fish fillet products had been reported. However, Tampa Bay Fisheries urged consumers who purchased the affected items not to consume them but to dispose of the products. For customers with valid receipts, Whole Foods offered a full refund upon returning the recalled items to their stores.
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Tampa Bay Fisheries provided a hotline (800-SEAFOOD or 732-3663) for consumers with inquiries, operating from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET. The company also recommended referring to its website for additional information about the impacted frozen products.
This recall was issued as a precautionary measure to ensure the safety and well-being of customers who may have purchased these fish fillet products from Whole Foods Market during the specified timeframe.
Consumers are encouraged to check their purchased items against the provided lot numbers and product descriptions to determine if they possess the recalled fish fillet products.
Both Tampa Bay Fisheries and Whole Foods Market continue to prioritize consumer safety and satisfaction and are offering refunds and assistance to those affected by this recall.