Pennsylvania Firm Recalls Chili Product Due To Misbranding and an Undeclared Allergen

January 8, 2015  |  Peanuts

WASHINGTON, Jan. 7, 2015 – Fresh Food Manufacturing, a Freedom, Penn. establishment, is recalling approximately 35,865 pounds of chili products due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The product contains peanuts, a known allergen which is not declared on the product label. 

The following products are subject to recall: [View Labels (PDF Only)]

  • 24-ounce plastic cup containers of “GIANT EAGLE MARKET DISTRICT Firehouse Chili With Beans” with Sell By dates of 12/21/14, 1/1/15, 1/11/15, 1/21/15, or 1/29/15.
  • 24-ounce plastic cup containers of Good Cents “Chili With Beans” with Sell By dates of 12/21/14, 1/1/15, 1/11/15, 1/21/15, or 1/29/15.
  • 5-pound plastic bags of bulk “Market District Firehouse Chili with Beans” with Sell By dates of 1/16/15, 1/26/15, or 2/3/15 (sold hot by retail establishments).

The products were produced on various dates from November 21, 2014, through December 30, 2014. The products bear the establishment number “40211” inside the USDA mark of inspection and have the sell by date printed on the product label. The products were shipped to retail outlets in Maryland, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Ohio.

The problem was discovered when Fresh Food Manufacturing was notified by its spice supplier that cumin used in the chili may have been contaminated with peanut allergens.

FSIS and the company have received no reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about a reaction should contact a healthcare provider.  

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify theircustomers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Giant Eagle Customer Service at 1-800-553-2324. Media with questions about the recall can contact the Giant Eagle media relations hotline at (412) 967-4551.

Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at or via smartphone at The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at:

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