Yant Beef Jerky, a Jackson Center, Ohio establishment, is recalling approximately 6,200 pounds of various beef jerky products because of misbranding and undeclared allergens. The products contain a known allergen, fish in the form of an anchovy puree in Worcestershire sauce, that is not declared on the label, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced.

The Yant’s brand jerky products subject to the recall include 1.6, 3.25 and 7-ounce packages of Hot Beef Jerky, X Hot Beef Jerky, Mild Beef Jerky, Southern BBQ Beef Jerky and Hot And Sweet Beef Jerky. They bear the establishment number “EST. 21371” inside the USDA mark of inspection and have a sell by date ranging from July 20, 2011, to April 17, 2012, on the label. The products were sent to retail establishments in Ohio and Indiana. A small amount of the products were sold online.

The problem was discovered by an FSIS inspector who conducted a label review prompted by the July 7, 2011, release of FSIS Notice 35.11. FSIS took the step of issuing this notice in an effort to protect vulnerable consumers after observing an increase in the number of products recalled this year due to the presence of undeclared allergens or other ingredients. Under the new instructions, FSIS personnel are charged with making establishments aware of the importance and prevalence of undeclared allergens in meat and poultry products, and how to best ensure labels are kept accurate and current.

The problem with the products Yant Beef Jerky is recalling today arose because the company changed ingredient suppliers and began using Worcestershire sauce, which contains anchovy puree, in its ingredient blend. The company’s label lists Worcestershire Sauce as an ingredient, but failed to list anchovy puree. FSIS and the company have received no reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products.


Source: FSIS