The friendly face of Chef Boyardee is probably frowning. The canned pasta company is embroiled in a massive recall affecting 700,000 pounds of canned spaghetti and meatballs, along with several other brands, the USDA announced late last week. The culprit of the recall is an allergen that went undeclared on labels as products shipped out nationwide between Jan. 2 and Jan. 12. Although it sounds scary, the allergen is as ubiquitous and unassuming as it gets, because it’s milk.
Conagra Brands Inc, Chef Boyardee’s parent company, was informed by an “ingredient supplier that the bread crumbs the company received and used in the recalled products potentially contained undeclared milk,” the USDA states in a news release. The sullied pasta contains 414,424 pounds of Chef Boyardee products in total, according to Fortune.