Joseph Epstein Recalls Gluten-Free Meatballs for Having Gluten Over 20 Ppm

Joseph Epstein Food Enterprises is recalling one of its meatball turkey-meatball-recallproducts after falsely labeling it as gluten free.

The company is recalling approximately 190 pounds of 22-ounce cartons of “Mama Mancini’s Slow Cooked Italian Style Sauce and Turkey Meatballs.” The recalled products were shipped to be sold in New Jersey retail locations.

“The problem was discovered during the establishment’s third party laboratory testing; the product was found to contain an excess of the maximum allowable 20 ppm of gluten. The establishment notified FSIS of the problem,” reports the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

According to the official USDA news release, the mislabeled recalled products will have the establishment number “P-21734” inside the USDA inspection mark along with product code “4740” and an expiration date of 12/10/15.

“Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase,” states FSIS.

This recall is the second gluten-free mislabeling recall in the past week, following the news of the erroneously labeled Herr’s Sour Cream & Onion potato chip recall.

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact the president of Joseph Epstein Food Enterprises, Matt Brown, at 917-705-7514.



  • Susan Love

    I could have told them that they were contaminated. I had this product twice. The first time I was okay. The second time I got sick. The second box was purchased at Costco.

  • Aveline

    Now I know why I couldn’t find these at Shop Rite. We’ve had them several times starting in the summer and my son with Celiac Disease was fine… I’m sorry this happened, but I’m glad they found it and owned it! I hope they fix the problem and can continue making these safely.