March 2012 – McCormick & Company, Inc. has notified Publix Super Markets of a voluntary recall for a single lot code of Publix Beef Stew Mix because it may be mispacked with brown gravy and may contain undeclared milk. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of allergic reaction if they consume this product. The 1.45 ounce container has a UPC number of “41415-03608” and a date code on the package of “BEST BY DEC 09 13 H.” The mislabeled beef stew mix was distributed in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and South Carolina.
“As part of our commitment to food safety and in cooperation with the FDA, we are issuing this voluntarily recall,” said Maria Brous, Publix director of media and community relations. “Since some of our customers may have food allergies, we wanted to take every precaution to protect their health. To date, there have been no reported cases of illness. Consumers who have purchased the product in question may return the product to their local store for a full refund. Publix customers with additional questions may call our Consumer Relations department at 1-800-242-1227 or by visiting our website at www.publix.com3 4.”
Publix is privately owned and operated by its 151,000 employees, with 2011 sales of $27 billion. Currently Publix has 1,049 stores in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee. The company has been named one of Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For in America” for 15 consecutive years. In addition, Publix’s dedication to superior quality and customer service is recognized as tops in the grocery business, most recently by an American Customer Satisfaction Index survey.