Friday, November 27, 2015

New #foodsafety #recall of Mama Lina’s Inc. Beef and Chicken Empanada Products Produced Without Benefit of Inspection

Mama Lina’s Inc. Recalls Beef and Chicken Empanada Products Produced Without Benefit of Inspection

Class I Recall


Health Risk: High

Nov 27, 2015

Congressional and Public Affairs
Brittany C. Woodland
(202) 720-9113

WASHINGTON, Nov. 27, 2015 – Mama Lina’s Inc., a San Diego, Calif. establishment, is recalling approximately 1,754 pounds of beef and chicken empanada products that were produced without the benefit of federal inspection, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The beef, chicken, sweet wine beef and chipotle chicken empanada items were produced on August 31, 2015 and September 29, 2015. The following products are subject to recall: [View Labels (PDF Only)]

330- lb. (approximately) cases and bags containing pieces of “CHIPOTLE CHICKEN EMPANADA.”322.13-lb. (approximately) cases, trays and bags containing pieces of “BEEF EMPANADA.”1095-lb. (approximately) cases, trays and bags containing pieces of “CHICKEN EMPANADA.”7.13-lb. (approximately) bag containing pieces of “SWEET WINE BEEF EMPANADA.”

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 2012” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to a retail location San Diego, CA.

The problem was discovered during routine FSIS inspection. The beef empanadas and chicken empanadas were found in the establishment’s freezer and did not have the marks of FSIS inspection. The products had a “deli” sticker and labels indicating that the products are manufactured by another entity, which leases part of the facility from Mama Lina’s.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about a reaction should contact a healthcare provider.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers 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 or Media with questions about the recall can contact Alma Villarruel, Mama Lina’s Inc., Office Manager, at (858) 535-0620.

Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day 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:

USDA Recall ClassificationsClass IThis is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.Class IIThis is a health hazard situation where there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product.Class IIIThis is a situation where the use of the product will not cause adverse health consequences.

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