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Bob Evans Sausage Links, Patties Recalled

DETROIT (WWJ) - More than 1.7 million pounds of Bob Evans breakfast sausage is being recalled due to misbranding.

BEF Foods Inc., based in Columbus, Ohio, is recalling approximately 1,768,600 pounds of Bob Evans Maple Links and Maple Patties because the products don't indicate that they contain monosodium glutamate (MSG).

The products subject to recall include:

12-oz. packages of "Bob Evans Maple Links" with UPC numbers of "075900002300", "075900000085" and "075900002324."

12-oz. packages of "Bob Evans Maple Patties" with UPC numbers of "0759000025028" and "075900000795" and "075900002522."

The products were produced between April 4, and Oct. 19, 2012, and will have the establishment number "M-952" or "M-6785" inkjetted on the side of the package. Product purchased fresh will have a use-by date between Oct. 14, 2012 and Dec. 4, 2012 listed. Instead of a use-by date, frozen products may be identified by any of the following Julian codes: 0264 through 0365, 1001 through 1365, and 2001 through 2293.

The problem was discovered by the company during a label audit. When the company reformulated their products, they discontinued the use of a spice blend containing MSG and removed MSG from the ingredient list on the label. During the label audit, the company discovered that the individual establishments were still using a spice blend containing MSG.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says MSG can cause an adverse reaction in people who are sensitive to the ingredient. Anyone concerned about a reaction should contact a healthcare provider.

Consumers should throw out the recalled products to return them to a local grocer for a refund. For more information, contact the company's guest relations line at 1-800-939-2338.

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