If you have this soup at home, there’s a reminder you need to see

MSI Express (Unilever) has issued a recall for approximately 16,498 pounds of Knorr Chicken & Rice Soup Mix products containing an undeclared allergen. The allergen in question is milk, an ingredient that can cause mild or even severe reactions in some people. The labels for these soup products do not mention milk, which led to a recall once the problem was discovered.

Knorr Soup Recall

MSI Express’ Knorr Soup recall involves a single product that contains milk without declaring it on the label. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) posted the recall announcement at this link.

The following identifiers will help you determine if your Knorr soup stock is part of the recall:

  • 1.29 lbs. (583 g) plastic pouches containing “KNORR PROFESSIONAL SOUP of the day RED THAI STYLE CURRY CHICKEN WITH RICE SOUP MIX” with expiration dates of January 19, 2024, for products distributed in the United States, and April 26, 2023, for products distributed in Canada.
  • Establishment number “P-44055” inside USDA inspection mark

The company distributed the products primarily to professional catering distributors between March and July 2022. But it also sold the soups directly to consumers.

Knorr Soup Recall: Photo of product retail packaging. Image source: FSIS

MSI Express discovered the problem when the establishment notified FSIS of an allergen test validation on a finished soup. The test showed the soup tested positive for dairy, an allergen that does not appear on the product label.

The Knorr soup recall report notes that there have been no known cases of adverse reactions related to the product. But people who still have these soups in their pantry are at risk of getting sick if they are allergic or sensitive to milk.

Milk allergies and sensitivities

Milk allergies will cause symptoms common to most food allergies, as follows:

  • Tingling or itching in the mouth
  • Hives, itching or eczema
  • Swelling of the lips, face, tongue, throat or other parts of the body
  • Wheezing, nasal congestion, or difficulty breathing
  • Abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting
  • Dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting

Additionally, some people with milk allergies are at risk of developing a life-threatening reaction called anaphylaxis that requires immediate attention.

“Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for the ingredients to change and the labeling not to change,” Dr. Morris Nejat, MD, medical director of the New York Allergy and Sinus Centers, told BGR in a communicated.

“For someone who has a severe food allergy, they can be nervous while eating. It can kill their confidence. I’ve had patients who had a bad reaction, and they found out it was because of a mislabeled product. They’re afraid to eat anything. They get so suspicious.

Dr Nejat continued: “If you have a history of strong food allergies, you want to make sure you have an EpiPen or some form of epinephrine with you at all times.”

Knorr Soup Recall: Photo showing the label on the back of the retail package.
Knorr Soup Recall: Photo showing the label on the back of the retail package. Image source: FSIS

In response to a previous milk-related recall, Dr. Nejat said milk and eggs are common allergens, especially in young children.

Separately, people with lactose intolerance may experience a different set of symptoms, primarily digestive issues.

what you should do

People who do not have milk allergies or sensitivities can still eat the recalled Knorr soup product. However, the product poses a risk to other people in your household or visitors who may be allergic to milk.

To be sure, FSIS advises people to stop eating the products. Instead, throw away the soups or return them to the place of purchase.

Additionally, people who believe they have had health problems after eating Knorr soups should contact a doctor.

Finally, be sure to check out the Knorr soup recall announcement at this link. There you will find contact information for MSI Express and additional images. Unilever has a website for the recall here.

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