Almost 700 Pounds of Meat Recalled in 4 States

Updated: Feb. 29, 2024

Another New York company is recalling two types of meat—this time, for an undeclared but serious potential allergen.

Maybe it’s a sign that food safety inspections are getting more robust: For the second time this month, a distributor is recalling a significant amount of meat product.

M&P Production LTD, a company based in Brooklyn, NY, is recalling 669 pounds of beef and lamb samsas, which are dumpling-like bites similar to samosas. According to an alert sent out by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) on February 28, 2024, the two recalled meat samsa products were shipped throughout Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.

The alert also states that routine testing of the products revealed that the meats were misbranded and contained an undeclared major allergen: The recalled beef and lamb samsas were discovered to contain sesame seeds which were not listed on the label. Sesame seeds were added to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) list of major allergens in January 2023, making them the ninth major allergen. Already on the list are milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, and soybeans. 

It’s reported the products were produced between January 2, 2024, and February 22, 2024. They display “use before” dates between January 2, 2025, and February 22, 2025. All products are stamped with EST. 18832 inside the standard United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) mark of inspection. Here’s what to look for in your freezer:

  • 16-oz. plastic-wrapped tray packages containing “SAMSA HALAL” 
  • 12-oz. plastic-wrapped tray packages containing “M&P DELICACIES Lamb Dumplings Lamb Samsa” 

It’s said no adverse reactions have been associated with the recalled foods to date. However, the FSIS urges consumers to check their freezers for the product due to the year-long use-by dates. The product should be returned to their place of purchase or discarded. Any questions are directed to Peter Raziyev, the owner of M&P Production LTD, at 718-438-5197 or via email at [email protected].

Signs of an allergic reaction to sesame

The signs of an adverse reaction to sesame are similar to other allergic reactions and can vary significantly depending on the severity of the allergy, according to the FDA. Mild symptoms can range from hives to tingling or itching in the mouth, and can potentially lead to stomach cramps, vomiting, and diarrhea. A very serious reaction can include throat swelling and anaphylaxis that requires an EpiPen and emergency treatment by a healthcare provider. 

The FDA recommends that anyone with a severe allergy check product labels every time they consume the product, since ingredients change. Also, unfortunately, some products are mislabeled, as was the case when a woman died from exposure to peanuts in a mislabeled cookie earlier this year. If you or someone you care for has signs of an allergic reaction to a product they consume regularly, stop eating it, consult a healthcare provider immediately, and report the issue to the FDA.