Food Alerts

This is an effort by kthread to pull together significant news about food recalls, food safety, and allergens. There might also be animated gifs of inventions like square watermelons.

December 18, 2011 at 9:27am
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Recall: Bulk gummy bears in Winn-Dixie stores in Florida and Louisiana

Really? metal contamination again? It feels like one in every fifteen recalls has to do with metal in the food. - KT

Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ: WINN), is voluntarily recalling Sunrise Assorted Flavor Gummy Bears sold in the self-serve bulk area of select store produce departments between November 14 and December 13 due to a remote possibility of metal contamination.

The gummy bears included in this recall have been sold in five Winn-Dixie stores in Florida and Louisiana: 

  • St. Johns Commons – 2220 County Road 210 W, Jacksonville, FL 32259
  • Concord Shopping Mall – 11241 S.W. 40th Street, Miami, FL 33165
  • Pepper Tree Plaza – 5600 West Sample Road, Margate, FL 33073
  • Main Street Square – 7800 S. hwy 17-92, Fern Park, FL 32730
  • 70431 Hwy 21, Covington, LA 70433


The recall is being initiated out of an abundance of caution for consumer safety, though the company has received no reports of illness associated with product consumption. 

"We encourage guests with any concerns to return the product for a full refund, no questions asked," said Mary Kellmanson, Winn-Dixie’s group vice president of marketing. 

Consumers with questions about the recalled product may contact the Winn-Dixie Guest Service Center toll free at 1.866.WINN-DIXIE (866.946.6349). 

9:25am
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Recall: B. Roberts meatloaf for misbranding and an allergen

B. Roberts Foods, a Charlotte, N.C. establishment, is recalling approximately 130 pounds of individual serving meatloaf entrées because of misbranding and an undeclared allergen, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The product contains anchovies, a known allergen, which is not noted on the label. 

The products subject to recall include: [View Label (PDF Only)]

  • 17-oz. refrigerated packages of “Harris Teeter, Fresh Foods Market, American Cuisine, Meatloaf with Red Skin Mashed Potatoes.”


The label on the top of each package correctly identifies the recalled products, but the bottom label of each package reads “Homestyle Meatloaf with Tomato Sauce.” The bottom label bears the establishment number “EST. 19198” inside the USDA mark of inspection, as well as a use by date of “12/20/11.” The product code “23431” also is stamped on the bottom label. The entrées were distributed to grocery stores in Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. 

A grocery store employee discovered that the top and bottom labels on the entrees did not match. The grocery store reported the error to B. Roberts Foods, which found that the “Meatloaf with Red Skin Mashed Potatoes” entrées had been given bottom labels intended for “Homestyle Meatloaf with Tomato Sauce” due to an employee error. The recalled products are made with Worcestershire sauce that includes anchovies, which are allergenic and must be noted on the label. 

FSIS and the company have received no reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about a reaction should contact a healthcare provider. 

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. Anyone who has purchased this recalled product should return it to the point-of-purchase. 

Consumers and media with questions about the recall should contact the B. Roberts Foods’ Quality Assurance manager, Gabriela González-Manning, at (704) 522-3554.

http://www.fsis.usda.gov/News_&_Events/Recall_099_2011_Release/index.asp

9:23am
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Recall: Hannaford ground beef for potential salmonella

Hannaford, a Scarborough, Maine-based grocery chain, is recalling an undetermined amount of fresh ground beef products that may be contaminated with a strain of Salmonella Typhimurium, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. 

The products subject to recall are any size package of the following: 

  • "73% Hannaford Regular Ground Beef"
  • "75% Hannaford Regular Ground Beef"
  • "80% Hannaford Regular Ground Beef"
  • "85% Hannaford Regular Ground Beef"
  • "90% Hannaford Regular Ground Beef"
  • "80% Taste of Inspirations Angus Ground Beef"
  • "85% Taste of Inspirations Angus Ground Beef"
  • "90% Taste of Inspirations Angus Ground Beef"
  • "85% Nature’s Place Ground Beef"
  • "90% Nature’s Place Ground Beef"


This recall was initiated due to concerns about illnesses caused by an outbreak of salmonellosis that may be associated with use and consumption of fresh in-store ground beef prepared in and purchased at Hannaford stores. The PFGE pattern associated with this outbreak is reported rarely in the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) have reported 14 ill persons with an indistinguishable PFGE pattern, and 11 of those individuals reported consuming ground beef. Seven individuals were hospitalized and no deaths have been reported. Ten of the 14 case-patients reported purchasing ground beef at Hannaford stores in Maine, New York, New Hampshire and Vermont between Oct. 12 and Nov. 20. No other product description is available at this time. As a result of on-going epidemiologic and traceback investigations, as well as in-store reviews, FSIS, working with the CDC and its state health partners, determined that there is a link between the Hannaford ground beef products and this illness outbreak. FSIS is continuing to work with CDC, public health partners in the affected states and the company on the investigation. FSIS will continue to provide information as it becomes available. 

The various ground beef packages bear sell-by dates of Dec. 17, 2011 or earlier and were sold at Hannaford stores throughout Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont. FSIS and the company are concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers’ freezers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on FSIS’ website at: www.fsis.usda.gov/FSIS_Recalls
/Open_Federal_Cases/index.asp
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http://www.fsis.usda.gov/News_&_Events/Recall_100_2011_Release/index.asp

9:20am
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Recall: Velvet Creme popcorn for undeclared milk, soy, wheat allergens

Velvet Creme Popcorn Co. of Westwood, Kansas, is issuing this statement to alert people with allergies to Milk, Soy and Wheat that several of our products contain the undeclared ingredients. These people run a risk of serious or potential life threatening allergic reaction if they consume the following products:

  • Velvet Crème Peanut Brittle,  4 oz. cellophane bags (contains milk)
  • Velvet Crème Tail Gate Crunch,  1 lb. and 8 oz. cellophane bags (contains soy and wheat)
  • Velvet Crème Sweet Cajun Heat, 1 lb. and 8 oz. cellophane bags (contains soy and wheat)


These products do not have any lot codes.   Affected products would have been purchased before December 13, 2011, in our retail store in Westwood, Kansas.
 
These products are completely safe for anyone without allergies to consume.

No illnesses have been reported in connection with these products.

The recall was initiated after it was discovered the products had undeclared ingredients of milk, soy and wheat.  Subsequent investigation indicates the problem was caused by a temporary breakdown in the company’s production and packaging process and has now been corrected.

Consumers who would like to return the products can do so at the retail store in Westwood, Kansas, Monday thru Saturday 9:00 am to 5:30 pm. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-888-553-6708 during the hours of 9:00 am and 5:30 pm.

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm283865.htm

9:17am
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Recall: Tyson ground beef products for potential E. coli

Tyson Fresh Meats Inc., a Dakota City, Neb. establishment, is recalling approximately 40,948 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. 

The following products are subject to recall:

  • 10-pound chubs of “CHUCK FINE GROUND BEEF 80/20,” packed in cases containing eight chubs.
  • The products subject to recall have a “BEST BEFORE OR FREEZE BY” date of “11/13/11” and “EST. 245C” on the box label. The products were shipped to institutions and distributors in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. 

    The problem was discovered through routine FSIS monitoring which confirmed a positive result for E. coliO157:H7. FSIS and the company have received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products. 

    E. coli O157:H7 is a bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and in the most severe cases, kidney failure. The very young, seniors and persons with weak immune systems are the most susceptible to foodborne illness. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact a health care provider. 

    FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. 

    FSIS advises all consumers to safely prepare their raw meat products, including fresh and frozen, and only consume ground beef that has been cooked to a temperature of 160° F. The only way to confirm that ground beef is cooked to a temperature high enough to kill harmful bacteria is to use a food thermometer that measures internal temperature. 

    Consumers with questions regarding the recall should contact the company at (866) 328-3156. Media with questions regarding the recall should contact the company’s Director of Public Relations, Gary Mickelson at (479) 290-6111. 

http://www.fsis.usda.gov/News_&_Events/Recall_101_2011_Release/index.asp

9:15am
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Recall: Swanson Celery Seed for potential salmonella

Hm, two at a time, must be related/packaged at the same facility and then re-branded, etc. - KT

Swanson Health Products is voluntarily recalling Swanson Organic Celery Seed (Whole) which is packaged in plastic bottles with a net weight of 1.4 oz. (40 grams) because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism entering the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

The product was sold by several different methods.  It was either sold at the Swanson Health Products retail store, 109 Broadway N., Fargo, ND, shipped directly to on-line or mail-order consumers, or held for pick up by the consumer at Swanson Health Products headquarters.  The product was sold between June 16, 2011, and December 16, 2011.

The lot number of Swanson Health Products Brand Celery Seed (Whole) with code UPC 0-8761424048-0 included in this recall is BESTBY03JUN2013 1541102C.  The lot number and Best By date can be found on the bottom of the bottle.

Swanson Health Products became aware of the potential contamination after being notified by its supplier, B & M, Inc., Mount Vernon, Missouri.  B & M, Inc. had earlier learned of the potential contamination from its supplier.

No other Swanson spices have been affected by this voluntary recall. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this voluntary recall.

Consumers in possession of this voluntarily recalled product may return it to Swanson Health Products headquarters in Fargo, North Dakota, for a full refund. Consumers or media with questions should contact B&M, Inc. at 1-877-321-5852 (Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm CST) or Swanson Health Products Customer Care at 1-800-451-9304 (Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm).

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm284034.htm

9:12am
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Recall: O Organics Organic Celery Seed from Safeway from Salmonella

B&M, Inc. of Mount Vernon, Missouri is voluntarily recalling O Organics Organic Celery Seed sold in Safeway stores due to potential Salmonella contamination. The product is sold at all Safeway-owned stores, including Safeway, Carrs, Dominick’s, Genuardi’s, Pak ‘N Save, Pavilions, Randalls, Tom Thumb and Vons.

Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

O Organics Organic Celery Seed is packaged in a glass bottle with a net weight of 1.8oz (51g) and marked with a UPC 0-7989341124-8. The product was sold at stores from May 25, 2011, through December 16, 2011. Bottles with the following lot codes and “Best By” dates are subject to the recall:

Lot Number

Best By Date

1381102A

May 18, 2013

2141102A

August 02, 2013

2591106A

September 16, 2013

2741106A

October 01, 2013

2921102A

October 19, 2013

3321110A

November 28, 2013

 

The lot number and best by date can be found on the bottom of the bottle.

No other O Organics spices have been affected by this voluntary recall.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this voluntary recall.

B&M, Inc was notified by their supplier that a lot of Organic Celery Seed had potential Salmonella contamination. The recall is based on a positive result for salmonella that was found during routine testing.

Consumers in possession of this voluntarily recalled product may return it to the store at which it was purchased for a full refund.  Consumers or media with questions should contact B&M, Inc. at 1-877-321-5852 (Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm CST) or you may contact Safeway directly anytime at 1-800-SAFEWAY.

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm284049.htm

December 15, 2011 at 9:42am
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Recall: Rising Moon Organics Garlic and Herb Frozen Ravioli for undeclared soy allergen

Rising Moon Organics® today issued a voluntary recall of Rising Moon Organics Mediterranean Garlic & Herb Ravioli, a frozen product, because of an incorrect back label on some packages.  This mislabeling incident resulted in an undeclared allergen (Soy).  People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to soy run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

The front of the retail package is correctly labeled Mediterranean Garlic & Herb Ravioli, 8 oz.  However, the back of the retail package is incorrectly labeled Four Cheese Tortelloni, UPC# 7-85030-55559-0. One Code Date is affected:  SELL BY APR 05 2012 printed on the front label (ONLY this Sell By date is being recalled).

The product involved was distributed through retail stores nationwide (eastern & central regions).

The recall was initiated when it was discovered that some packages were mislabeled by the co-packer.  Although soy ingredient is included in the product, the incorrect back label does not list soy in the ingredients statement.  No other lot codes of Rising Moon Organics Mediterranean Garlic & Herb Ravioli are affected. 

No illnesses have been reported to date in association with this product.

Consumers can return the product to their place of purchase for a full refund.  Consumers with questions can contact the company at 888-534-0246 x25154, Monday – Friday 8am to 5pm Eastern Time.

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm283717.htm

December 14, 2011 at 11:18am
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Recall: ASSI brand korean cake (Gyeong Dan) for undeclared egg

RHEE BROS.,INC. of Hanover, MD, is recalling its 8 ounce packages of “ASSI” brand Korean Cake (Gyeong Dan) because they contain undeclared egg. People who have allergies to eggs, run the risk of serious life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

The recalled “ASSI” brand Korean Cake (Gyeong Dan) were distributed nationwide in Asian food retail stores. The product comes in an 8 ounce, wrapped with plastic wrap on a tray. Its item number is 20649D on the label.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

The recall was initiated after sampling by New York state food inspectors discovered that the egg containing product was distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of egg.

Consumers who have purchased 8ounce packages of “ASSI, KOREAN RICE CAKE (GYEONG DAN)” are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-410-381-9000, between Mon-Fri 8am to 5 pm and Sat. 8 am to 12 pm Eastern Time.

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm283591.htm

December 12, 2011 at 1:31pm
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Recall: Advanced Animal Nutrition dry dog food for high aflatoxin levels

Quite a few of these recalls for high aflatoxin levels in dog food lately. - KT

Advanced Animal Nutrition today announced a voluntary recall of its dry Dog Power Dog Food- due to aflatoxin levels that were detected above the acceptable limit. The affected products were manufactured between Jan. 4, 2011, and Nov. 18, 2011. No illnesses have been reported in association with these products to date, and no other Advanced Animal Nutrition pet food products are involved in this recall. Affected products are:

  • DOG POWER ADULT MAINTENANCE FORMULA 21-12 Dog Food, 50 pound bags
  • DOG POWER HUNTERS FORMULA 27-14 Dog Food, 50 pound bags
  • DOG POWER HI-PRO PERFORMANCE FORMULA 26-18 Dog Food, 50 pound bags

The recall only applies to the above products with the following Packaging Date Codes (lot numbers):  K0004 through K1322.

The affected dry dog food products were distributed in the following states – Missouri, Arkansas, and Louisiana.  Retailers have already been instructed to remove the affected brands and products from store shelves.

While no adverse health effects related to these products have been reported, Advanced Animal Nutrition is implementing this recall as a precautionary measure.  Consumers are urged to return affected products – whether in opened or unopened packages – to their place of purchase for a full refund.  For more information, contact 866-648-7646.

Aflatoxin is a naturally occurring mold by-product.  Pets that have consumed any of the above recalled products and exhibit symptoms of illness including sluggishness or lethargy combined with a reluctance to eat, vomiting, yellowish tint to the eyes or gums, or diarrhea should be seen by a veterinarian.

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm283362.htm