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Label Printing Problem Prompts Product Recall

Farm Issues Recall Following Inspection
Jefferson, Wisconsin-based River's Edge Farm Market recently issued a voluntary recall after the state's Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection identified a label printing issue with some of its snack sticks, the Daily Jefferson County Union reported.

Affected products included:

  • 6-ounce honey ham snack sticks
  • 6-ounce garlic snack sticks
  • 8-ounce plain snack sticks
  • 6-ounce jalapeno and cheddar snack sticks
  • 6-ounce barbecue snack sticks
  • 7-ounce Sticks–N-Curds
  • Knockwurst of various weights

The recall pertained to approximately 106 pounds of snack sticks sold at 12 of the 17 gas stations that stock River's Edge items.

Farm Downplays Issue With Labels
According to DATCP communications specialist Raechelle Cline, the problem with the labels came to light following an investigation conducted by state health officials, the media outlet reported. Cline cited an inconsistency related to a mark displayed on some of the snack sticks that suggested the items had undergone inspection by state officials, when in fact this wasn't the case.

The state categorized the recall as a Class I incident, which, as defined by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, means there is "a reasonable probability that the use of or exposure to a violative product will cause serious adverse health consequences or death."

Scott Thomas, meat manager at River's Edge, took umbrage with the classification, asserting that none of the farm's products have ever caused illness.

"Because they said they didn't inspect it, it falls under a Class I recall," he said, according to the news source. "I think it's awful that they would insinuate that just because they didn't look at it, there is a problem."

After state officials alerted him about the problem, which pertained to products distributed to the 12 affected gas stations before Dec. 10 of last year, Thomas contacted River's Edge's distributor. All unsold snack sticks were pulled off the shelves and consumers already in possession of the items have been advised to return them to their place of purchase or simply throw them away uneaten.

DATCP Enforces Regulations
What does the state department of agriculture have to say in response to Thomas' indignance?

"It is a matter of bearing a false mark of inspection," Cline said, as quoted by the Daily Jefferson County Union. "Since it wasn't labeled and processed under the benefit of inspection by a state official, it has to be considered an adulterated product, according to regulations."