Public Advisory for Undeclared Allergen

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 | 8:30am

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture is issuing a public advisory for an undeclared peanut allergen in 5 oz. containers of Pride of Szeged Hungarian Spice paprika, distributed by Spice Co. of Avenel, N.J. 

On Jan. 12, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture conducted routine retail food product sampling in the Cleveland, Tenn. area. The department’s test results for one product—5 oz. containers of Pride of Szeged Hungarian Spice paprika, no. 091617PAHU05PS —showed positive for the presence of a peanut allergen not disclosed on the product label.

The department reported these findings to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the distributor, Spice Co.

Spice Co. indicated that it will initiate a voluntary recall through the FDA, but to date has not provided the department with a distribution list of Tennessee retailers. 

If the product is found in additional Tennessee stores, the department will embargo this product and lot number as adulterated and/or misbranded pursuant to the Tennessee Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.

As a precaution, the department is alerting consumers with peanut allergies as to the possible presence of peanut allergens in this product.  The department is requesting that retail locations remove this product from their shelves and contact the distributor. Additional recall instructions will be announced.