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Undeclared anchovies

My subscription to US Food and Drug Administration missives usually returns horrific or, at least, disturbing cases of food or drug recalls.

However, I never knew 1) that processed, prepackaged turkey and cheese sandwiches normally contain anchovy flavoring and, more surprisingly, 2) that some people are allergic to anchovies.

Fresh Grill Recalls Smoked Turkey & Jack Cheese Sandwiches Due to Undeclared Anchovies

Fresh Grill

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — Santa Ana, CA — November 21, 2006 — On 10-12-2006 Fresh Grill of Santa Ana, California recalled 2056 units of SMOKED TURKEY & JACK CHEESE because it may have contained undeclared anchovies. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to anchovies run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

SMOKED TURKEY & JACK CHEESE is distributed in Southern California at 7-Eleven convenience stores.

On 10-12-2006 the wording “NATURAL FLAVORING, ANCHOVIES” was added to the label information on the product.

“No illnesses have been reported to date.

Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-714-444-2126.

I am well-aware of shellfish allergies but had not been familiar with those who suffer hypersensitivity reactions from (not just simply abhorrence of) anchovies.


  1. #1 Simon
    November 28, 2006

    They probably have Worcestershire sauce in them. It’s made with anchovies, and is darn tasty with cheese : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Worcestershire_Sauce

  2. #2 Buffalo Gal
    December 1, 2006

    Yep, several members of my family cannot eat any kind of fish – freshwater or salt – or shellfish unless they want to break out in hives and eczema.

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