UPDATE 2/5: Hasta Be Pasta responds,
Having seen your item about our voluntary product recall today, I thought we should let you know that this recall was actually from January 29, 2015. We were informed that some allergen warnings were missing from a few of our products and asked to recall them. We relabeled all products the very same day (January 29th by 4 p.m.) with the approval of the California Department of Public Health. We are rather puzzled, therefore, by the appearance of this notice fully one week after the correction of the problem and have asked for an explanation from the Department of Public Health.
Please rest assured that our products are fully compliant with the allergen warnings and have never been withdrawn from the stores because the corrections in labeling were made immediately.
Madeleine and Gianpaolo Venturi
Hasta Be Pasta
California Department of Public Health press release:
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today warned consumers with allergies to milk, soy or egg not to eat the following pasta dishes, spreads, or wraps because they contain milk, soy and egg allergens that are not declared on the product label:
People who have milk, soy, and/or egg allergies risk life-threatening reactions if these products are consumed. To date, no illnesses have been reported.
Hasta Be Pasta of Arcata, California, has initiated a voluntary recall of these products after a routine inspection by CDPH identified the labeling deficiency.
The cooked pasta noodles with sauce and grated cheese were packaged in plastic containers with a clear lid. The spreads are blended ingredients and were packaged in clear plastic containers. The wraps are wheat tortillas filled with spreads, rolled and wrapped in clear cellophane. These products were distributed to retail stores in the Humboldt County, California area.
Consumers in possession of any of these products should return them to the place of purchase for a refund or dispose of them in the trash.
Consumers who have experienced an allergic reaction after eating these products should consult their health care provider. Anyone observing these products being offered for sale is encouraged to call CDPH toll-free complaint line at (800) 495-3232