Rao’s Soup Recall Includes Minnesota + Wisconsin Grocery Stores
A labeling error has necessitated a limited recall on a popular brand of premium bottled soups in select states. Sovos Brands Intermediate is voluntarily recalling 16-ounce jars of their Rao's Made For Home Slow Simmered Soup, Chicken and Gnocchi.
Both Minnesota and Wisconsin are included in the 32 state recall.
According to details shared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the issue is that the wrong soup was placed in certain Code Dates. The bottle and label suggest that it contains "chicken and gnocchi" soup, when in fact it contains vegetable minestrone. Because of the switch, the affected jars may contain an undeclared egg ingredient. That egg ingredient could pose a problem for people with food allergies if they consume the product.
The discovery was made during an internal review by the manufacturer. No illnesses or medical complaints have been fielded at this time due to the error.
The recalled jars of Rao's soups were sold on store shelves between December 8, 2022 and January 27, 2023. The 16-ounce clear jars have the following Code Date printed on the top of the jar: "Best By NOV 15 2024 EST 251 Code Date 2320 MDV 046030Z0009, UPC 747479400015". Only bottles of soup with this specific Code Date are included in the voluntary recall; no other Rao's products are affected at this time.
Here is a picture of where to find that Code Date on the bottle:
One other identifying sign to look for: the Rao's soup label suggests that it contains "Chicken and Ghnocchi" - but contains vegetable minestrone; Sovos Brands Intermediate is directing customers that the minestrone soup is dark red, not cream-colored like it would be if it contained the chicken and gnocchi variety.
Here are two views of the Rao's soup labeling involved in the recall. This is an image of what the incorrectly-labeled soup bottle would look like - with the wrong soup inside as compared to the label packaging:
Meanwhile, this is what the bottle of soup would look like if it was correct (i.e. the right label packaging to match the contents inside):
Consumers who have jars of the recalled soup in their possession are urged not to consume the food product. Instead, return it to the store where it was purchased. Additional questions can be directed at Sovos Brands Intermediate: 1-800-466-3623.