April 16, 2014

Class I Recalls from FDA’s April 2 Enforcement Report

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These are the Class I recalls from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA's) April 2 Enforcement Report. World Pure Foods Wholesalers, Inc. recalled three Kinnikinnick brand products because they contain undeclared milk.  Consumers with allergies to milk should not eat the following products as they run the risk of allergic reaction if they do. Kinnikinnick Panko Style Bread Crumbs sold in 12.5oz boxes with the  UPC 62013360015 3 with the "best by" cocdes 20140209, 20140119, 20140211, 2014MR30, 2014 JN02, 2014JL23, 20131230. Kinnikinnick Cinnamon & Brown Sugar Homestyle Waffles  sold in 7.4 oz boxes with the UPC 620133001981 and the "best by" code BB 20140127, 2014 MA28, 2014JN25. Kinnikinnick Original Homestyle Waffles sold in 7.4 oz boxes with the UPC 620133001981 and the … [Read more...]

FDA Sends Warning to Makers of CRAZE Dietary Supplement

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Driven Sports Inc. has some new supplements it would like to start selling, but after its product, CRAZE, was found to contain an unapproved meth-like ingredient, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says it will need some information first. In a warning letter to the company dated April 4, the FDA outlined next steps for the company. CRAZE, which was marketed as a sports supplement, contains "Dendrobex", which is listed on the product label as an ingredient and  N,α-diethylphenylethylamine, the meth-like ingredient, which is not. Neither chemical is approved for use in dietary supplements, so the presence of either one renders product adulterated, according to the FDA. The company has both disputed claims that CRAZE contains N,α-diethylphenylethylamine and cited claims that … [Read more...]

Nutriom Expands Egg Product Recall for Salmonella

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Nutriom of Lacey, WA is recalling an additional 82,884 pounds of processed egg products for possible Salmonella contamination. Consumers who have purchased these products should not eat them. Eating  food contaminated with Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, a food poisoning infection. Symptoms of salmonellosis, which include diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever, usually develop within 12 to 72 hours after exposure and last up to seven days. At this time, illnesses associated with the recalled product had not been reported to the company or to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS). The dried egg products included in the expanded recall were produced from Jan. 2013 through Jan. 2014, and bear the establishment number “INSPECTED EGG PRODUCTS … [Read more...]

Strawberry Sorbet Recalled from Kroger, Jay C Stores

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Private Selection Sweet Strawberry Sorbet sold at Kroger and Jay C stores is being recalled because it contains an allergen, milk, not listed on the label. People with milk allergies should not eat this product as they run the risk of severe reaction if they do. At the time of the recall, two people with allergies had reported adverse reactions after consuming the product. The product is safe to consume for people without milk allergies. The recalled product was packaged in 16 fluid ounce containers with a code date of Aug 11, 2015 and UPC 11110 52108 and sold at Kroger and Jay C stores in the following states only: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia (along the Ohio border). Other … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak from Imported Cucumbers Sickened 84

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A Salmonella outbreak linked to cucumbers imported from Mexico that sickened 84 people in 2013 ended one year ago. The outbreak, which began in January 2013 and ended in April 2013 sickened 84 people in 18 states. Seventeen people were hospitalized. Although about 1.3 million Americans contract Salmonella infections every year, the outbreak strain of Salmonella Saintpaul was one rarely seen in the U.S. with less than five cases reported annually. Symptoms of a Salmonella infection, which include fever, diarrhea, and vomiting can last up to 10 days. But long-term health problems, such as reactive arthritis, inflammation of the heart, spine, tendons and eye membranes can also stem from these infections. Public health investigators, who used pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) to … [Read more...]

Archer Farms Gelato Sold at Target Recalled for Undeclared Allergen

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Archer Farms Chocolate Hazelnut Swirl Gelato imported from Italy and sold exclusively at Target stores nationwide is being recalled because it contains traces of peanut protein not declared on the label. Consumers with peanut allergies should not eat this product as they run the risk of allergic reaction if they do. Two allergic reactions had been reported at the time of the recall. The recalled products were sold in 30 FL OZ  packages marked with the UPC 085239-703618 and the codes L13-102 BEST BY: 12OCT2014 The recall was issued after lab tests detected a possible presence of peanut protein in one production lot with a Best By date of October 12, 2014. No other Archer Farms products are involved in the recall   … [Read more...]

Shellfish Irradiation To Reduce Food Poisoning Gets FDA Nod

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of ionizing radiation to kill foodborne pathogens on crustacean shellfish and extend their shelf life. The April 11 decision is in response to a food additive petition submitted by the National Fisheries Institute 13 years ago. The decision will allow processors of crustaceans including crab, shrimp, lobster, crayfish, and prawns use small amounts of ionizing radiation to reduce, but not eliminate, dangerous foodborne bacteria such as E.coli, Vibrio and Listeria.  The maximum permitted dose is 6.0 kiloGray. The rule covers shellfish sold raw, frozen, shelled, dried, cooked and partially cooked. It also covers crustaceans processed with spices or a small number of other ingredients. Irradiation has been approved for use on … [Read more...]

Norovirus Outbreak in Hartford County MD

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Health officials in Hartford County, MD have determined that a food poisoning outbreak in mid-March was caused by norovirus.  The county health department received dozens of reports of illness with symptoms of vomiting, diarrhea and nausea. Some of those who became ill after eating at a restaurant submitted stool samples for lab testing. Results from those tests did not reveal a bacterial source for the infection such as Salmonella, E.coli or Campylobacter, a health department spokesman said. Highly contagious norovirus accounts for about half of all food poisoning outbreaks. Often a sick food handler or is involved, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). People who have been sick with norovirus can transmit the virus for up to three days after symptoms … [Read more...]

New Bill Would Repeal State GMO Labeling Laws

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A bill introduced in Congress yesterday would give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration sole authority to require labeling of genetically modified foods, overturning state laws that require such labeling.  The bill, introduced by Reps. Mike Pompeo  (R-Kansas) and G. K. Butterfield  (D- North Carolina,) is named the “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2014” (HR 4432) but has been quickly dubbed the Deny Americans the Right to Know (DARK) Act by consumer groups.  The bill's authors say that genetically modified crops are safe, require less water and pesticides and can better feed the growing global population. They also maintain that such a law would spare farmers and other food producers the expense of complying with a patchwork of state laws that could mislead consumers and raise … [Read more...]

Salmonella Prompts Abady Cat Food Recall

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Abady Highest Quality Maintenance & Growth Formula for Cats is being recalled for possible Salmonella contamination. The manufacturer, Robert Abady Dog Food Co., LLC of Poughkeepsie, NY, is recalling 2 lb, 5 lb & 15 lb boxes of  the product which were distributed to retail stores nationwide. Consumers who have purchased this product should not use it. Pet food contaminated with Salmonella bacteria can cause illness in pets and their humans. Salmonella infections pose special risk for young children, seniors and those with compromised immune systems. Signs of an infection include fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. No illnesses had been reported at the time of the recall. The recalled product was packaged in 2 lb, 5 lb & 15 lb … [Read more...]

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