Rao’s Is Recalling Jars of Its Chicken & Gnocchi Soup — Here’s What You Need to Know

published Jan 31, 2023
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While Rao’s jarred Homemade Marinara Sauce is a favorite in many households (including ours), one of their products is causing quite a stir around some kitchens — and no, it’s not the brand’s newly released frozen pizza line.

Sovos Brands Intermediate, Inc., the parent company of Rao’s, has issued a voluntary recall of jars of Rao’s Made for Home Slow Simmered Chicken & Gnocchi soup because — despite what’s printed on the label — it could contain Vegetable Minestrone soup instead. A quick peek in your pantry at the glass jar in question and you can surmise whether you bought an offending item — actual Chicken & Gnocchi soup has a creamy greenish color, while the mislabeled Vegetable Minestrone soup is a deep red.

While the recall does not include any accurately labeled jars of actual Vegetable Minestrone soup, according to the announcement, the jars of mislabeled Chicken & Gnocchi have been quickly flagged because Vegetable Minestrone soup contains egg. As the incorrect label doesn’t note the presence of this possible allergen, “People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to egg run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume the product,” the announcement reads. Although relatively rare in adults, an egg allergy is the second most common allergy after cow’s milk allergy in young children.

The affected 16-ounce jars of Chicken & Gnocchi soup have the following information printed on the top of each jar: Best By NOV 15 2024 EST 251 Code Date 2320 MDV 046030Z009, UPC 747479400015. They were distributed to retailers between December 8, 2022 and January 27, 2023 in 32 states, including Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin. One of the largest retailers taking these affected jars off its shelves is Walmart (you can find a spreadsheet showing store locations on its website).

While there have been no reported illnesses connected to the labeling mishap, it’s clear this requires attention. Anyone who purchased the affected jars of Chicken & Gnocchi soup is encouraged to return it to the retailer where it was purchased for a full refund. Rao’s customers who have questions regarding the recall may call the company at 1-800-466-3623.

To discover other ways to enjoy gnocchi sans soup, here are a few ways to doctor up Trader’s Joe’s famous cauliflower gnocchi.

Wondering what other recalls and public health alerts have been issued lately from your favorite brands? Check out this page that’s updated regularly to stay in the know.