October 21, 2016

Wegmans Recalls Ravioli for Plastic Pieces

Wegmans Food Markets Inc. is recalling one date code of Wegmans Italian Classics Striped Ricotta & Spinach Ravioli because it may contain plastic pieces. This poses a choking hazard. The recalled product was sold fromTuesday, Aug. 2 and Tuesday, Aug. 30, in 9 oz.  containers with the UPC # 0-77890-38934 and a "use or freeze by date" of Sept. 30, 2016. It was produced by O’ Sole Mio in Quebec, Canada, is packaged in a plastic tray, and sold in a refrigerated case in the dairy department. About 1,638 units of the recalled product were sold in 90 Wegmans stores located in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. Wegmans reports that the recalled product  has been removed from all stores. If you purchased this product, do not eat it. Throw it away or … [Read more...]

Regalo Bakery Recalls Spanish Rolls and More for Undeclared Allergens

Regalo Bakery of Honolulu, Hawaii has issued a recall for several products that contain undeclared allergens and artificial food coloring. The recalled products with undeclared wheat, soy, milk, eggs and artificial food coloring include: Spanish Rolls, Manju Black beans (Hopia Monggo), Manju Onions (Hopia Baboy), Balintawak, and Taro Bread. Kababayan contains undeclared wheat, soy, and artificial food colorings. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to eggs, wheat, milk, soy and artificial food color (e.g. yellow #5, yellow #6, or red 40) run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. For those who are susceptible to allergic reactions, allergens can cause hives, swelling, itchiness, cramps, difficulty swallowing, shortness of … [Read more...]

Tropical Smoothie Cafe Hepatitis A Hospitalization Rate Double the Average

The Hepatitis A strain linked to Tropical Smoothie Cafe outbreak is packing a wallop. Generally, about 20 percent of people with a Hepatitis A infection require hospitalization, but in this outbreak, the hospitalization rate is 46 percent. The outbreak has been linked to frozen strawberries imported from Egypt, which were removed from all store locations on August 9, according to the company. But because Hepatitis A has an incubation period that can take up to 50 days, new cases are still being reported. So far, 81 cases in seven states have been confirmed: Maryland (6), New York (1), North Carolina (1), Oregon (1), Virginia (66), West Virginia (5), and Wisconsin (1). Hepatitis A, a virus that affects the liver, isn't common in the U.S. Since the vaccine against this virus was … [Read more...]

Tropical Smoothie Cafe Hepatitis A Outbreak: 81 Illnesses in 7 States

The Tropical Smoothie Cafe Hepatitis A outbreak continues to expand and now includes at least 81 confirmed cases in seven states. The outbreak has been linked to frozen strawberries imported from Egypt which, the company says, were removed from all stores on August 9. Most of the illnesses are in Virginia where the case count increased from 55 yesterday to 66 today. Hepatitis A has can take as long as 50 days to incubate, so although these cases are newly confirmed, they stem from contaminated smoothies served at Tropical Smoothie Cafes before August 9. The 66 people sickened in Virginia range in age from 14 to 68 and reported onset of illnesses dates ranging from May to August. About 42 percent of them were so sick they required hospitalization. The case count by region of the … [Read more...]

Greens & Grains Chicken Wraps Recalled for Undeclared Allergens

Atherstone Foods of Richmond, Calif. is recalling Greens & Grains brand chicken wraps sold at retail locations in California for undeclared soy. Consumers with a soy allergy should not eat these products. The recall includes 422 pounds of chicken wraps sold in 31.2 oz. packages containing 3 packages of 10.4 oz. “Greens & Grains Southwestern Style White Chicken Wrap with chimichurri sauce.” They have a  “Use By” date of 090616 and the establishment number “P-34221” inside the USDA mark of inspection. At the time of the recall there had been not confirmed reports of adverse reactions. If you purchased this product and are allergic to soy, do not eat it. Throw it away or take it back to the store where you bought it for a full refund. … [Read more...]

Entenmann’s Little Bites Brownies, Muffins Recalled for Plastic Pieces

Entenmann’s Little Bites  brownies and muffins are being recalled because they contain small pieces of plastic that pose a choking or cutting hazard. Consumers who have purchased these products should not eat them and may return them to the place of purchase for a refund. The recalled items include: Fudge Brownies in 5 packs, Chocolate Chip Muffins  in 5 and 10 packs, and Variety Packs of 20 items. Click here to see a full list of recalled items.   … [Read more...]

Yu Yee Black Pepper Recalled for Salmonella

Summit Import Corp. of Jersey City, NJ, is recalling Yu Yee brand Black Pepper Powder for Salmonella. Consumers who have purchased this product should not use it as Salmonella can cause serious sometimes fatal infections. The recall pepper was packed in clear plastic 19.4oz bottles with the lot No. WH76 and distributed to some Asian retail stores on the East Coast. Symptoms of a Salmonella infection include fever, abdominal cramps and diarrhea that can be bloody.  Those most at risk are children, seniors, pregnant women and people with underlying medical conditions or compromised immune systems. At the time of the recall, no illnesses had been reported.   … [Read more...]

Koi Palace Mooncake Products Recalled for Undeclared Allergens

Magic Gourmet Trading Inc. of Millbrae, CA has recalled Koi Palace Mooncake products for undeclared allergens. The products, manufactured by Magic Gourmet, contain allergens not listed on the label including: wheat, gluten, eggs, milk, peanuts, pine nuts, almonds, walnuts, and sesame. People with allergies or sensitivities to these allergens should not eat these products as they risk life-threatening allergic reaction if they do. The recalled "Koi Palace Mooncakes" were distributed at three California Koi Palace restaurant locations Daly City, Dublin, CA, and Milpitas; and at Uwajimaya supermarkets in OR and WA. The products that are recalled include: Mini Egg Yolk in White Lotus Seed Paste; Fresh Five Nuts with Smoked Ham; Five Nuts with Smoked Ham & Egg Yolk; Single Box – Mini … [Read more...]

West Virginia Hard Hit by Tropical Smoothie Cafe Hepatitis A Outbreak

West Virgina has been hard hit by the Tropical Smoothie Cafe Hepatitis A outbreak. Five people in West Virginia are among more than 70 confirmed cases in seven states who developed Hepatitis A infections after drinking a smoothie from Tropical Smoothie Cafe. Other cases in West Virginia have been reported and are still under investigation. State health officials are working with health departments in Berkeley and Jefferson counties to investigate reports of illnesses associated with frozen strawberries imported from Egypt and served at Tropical Smoothie Cafe locations. Hepatitis A is a virus that affects the liver.  It is spread from person to person and when infected people handle foods or beverages that are consumed by others. People with Hepatitis A infections can be contagious … [Read more...]

Tropical Smoothie Cafe Hepatitis A Outbreak Expands to 7 States

The Tropical Smoothie Cafe Hepatitis A outbreak has expanded to seven states. At least 70 people have been sickened and 32 of them have been hospitalized, which is a hospitalization rate that is more than double the average for this illness. Frozen strawberries imported from Egypt have been identified as the likely source of this outbreak. Tropical Smoothie Cafe reported that the contaminated strawberries were removed from all locations by August 8 and that stores nationwide have all received frozen strawberries from a new supplier. At this time, no other restaurants or retailers have been identified as having received the tainted strawberries, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Federal health officials say that while the contaminated food source has … [Read more...]

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