FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA CONTACT
September 4, 2008 Deborah Murdock
Recall Of Patak’s® Dopiaza Cooking Sauce
MEMPHIS – ACH Food Companies, Inc. of Memphis, Tennessee is recalling its Patak’s® Dopiaza Cooking Sauce sold in the United States because it may contain an undeclared milk allergen. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk may run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. The product is distributed nationally through retail stores. ACH Food Companies is notifying its distributors and stores that carry this product that it contains an undeclared milk allergen and to immediately remove it from distribution.
The product is sold under two different labels, “Patak’s® Rich Tomato and Onion Cooking Sauce Dopiaza (Mild)” and “Patak’s® Dopiaza Curry Cooking Sauce Mild.” The recall only applies to products sold in the United States and no other Patak’s® products other than these two labels are affected by this voluntary recall.
ACH Food Companies has notified the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) of the ingredient omission and is cooperating with federal authorities and its customers to recall this product. This allergen affects a very small number of people. To date, neither ACH Food Companies nor the FDA have received any reports of illness or complaints due to this error. Anyone concerned about an allergic reaction should contact a health professional immediately. None of ACH Food Companies’ other “Patak’s®” family of products is affected by this recall.
The product, as formulated, did not include butter. Therefore, butter was not included on the ingredient statement or in the nutritional statement. An inadvertent error at the co-packer caused the wrong formula to be used in preparing the sauce and the wrong formula included butter as an ingredient.
Consumers who have purchased this product with either of these labels and with a “Best By Date” on or before February 2010 should return the unused portion of the product to the store from which they purchased the item for reimbursement or call ACH Food Company’s Consumer Hotline at 800-726-3648 to receive a coupon for another Patak’s® product. The Consumer Hotline is open Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. CDT.
About ACH Food Company, Inc.
ACH Food Companies, Inc. markets a broad range of edible oil and specialty food products to the consumer and commercial food channels. ACH distributes Patak’s® which has been in business since 1957 offering a wide range of high quality Indian Food products. Visit our website at www.achfoods.com.