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Iceland Seafood Corporation Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Whey in Product

Virginia Fabian

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Newport News, VA -- October 29, 2004 -- Iceland Seafood Corporation of Newport News, Virginia, is recalling the following products, because it may contain undeclared allergen, whey, which is a milk protein.

  • Schwan's item 548D, 4 oz Breaded & Precooked Haddock Squares (in a 1.5 lb box)
  • Schwan's item 548 (520041) 4 oz Breaded and Parfried Haddock Squares (in a 1.5 lb box)
  • Schwan's item 547D Breaded Precooked Haddock Sticks (in a 1.25 lb bag)
  • Schwan's item 547 (520034) Breaded and Parfried Haddock Sticks (in a 1.25 lb box)

People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to whey or other milk proteins run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. The company has not received any complaints or reports of illness related to this mislabeling. People who do not have milk protein allergies can eat the product without concern.

The product was distributed through The Schwan Food Company (Schwan's) home delivery system nationwide between December 2003 and October 2004. The product bears a code number on the label that identifies Iceland Seafood as the seafood processor and the date of production. Affected products bear codes numbers starting with "W" followed by a nine-digit number beginning with either 53 or 54.

Persons with milk protein allergies should return product with numbers W542800000 and lower to the Schwan's delivery drivers during their next visit. Schwan's will issue a full refund for the product. It is not necessary for customers who do not have a milk protein allergy to return already purchased product.

After a customer inquiry, it was discovered that whey used in these breaded fish products was not listed in the packages' ingredient declaration.

Consumers with questions may contact Iceland Seafood at 1-757-820-4024.


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