Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

March 16, 2007 16:26 ET

CFIA: Gretchen's Shoebox Express Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Soybean in Tuna and Garden Salad Mixer, Sold Exclusively to Amtrak

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON--(CCNMatthews - March 16, 2007) - The following alert was transmitted by Gretchen's Shoebox Express, Seattle, Washington, USA to the news media on March 15, 2007.

Harry Carruth

Gretchen's Shoebox Express of Seattle, WA is recalling packages of Tuna & Garden Salad Mixer, because it may contain undeclared Soybeans (edamames). People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to soy run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

Tuna & Garden Salad Mixer was distributed solely for sale onboard Amtrak Cascade trains running between Eugene, Or. and Vancouver B.C. with stops in-between. Product is packaged in a clear 3-compartment plastic container, identified by a large red label on top, stating Gretchen's Shoebox Express, with a code date label on the bottom bearing the Enjoy by 3-16-07 date and prior dates.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

The recall was initiated after it was discovered that the product contained soybeans (edamames) in packaging that did not reveal the presence of soy. Subsequent investigation indicates the problem was caused by a temporary breakdown in the company's production and packaging process and has since been corrected.

Consumers who have purchased Gretchen's Shoebox Express Tuna & Garden Salad Mixer are urged to return it to the place of purchase for full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Gretchen's at 206-623-8194.

For more information, consumers and industry can call the CFIA at :
1-800-442-2342 / TTY 1-800-465-7735 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday to Friday).

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Contact Information

  • Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    Food Recall & Emergency Response
    Davendra Sharma (English)
    Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    Food Recall & Emergency Response
    Linda Leblanc (French)