July 1, 2016

NatureBox Recalls Sunflower Kernels for Possible Listeria

The FDA's Weekly Enforcement Report for the week of June 29, 2016 includes a recall of NatureBox Sunflower Kernels for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The report states that 14,941 pouches of Country Ranch sunflower kernels, 22,231 pouches of Cheddar and Onion Sunflower kernels, and 29 cases of SunOpta Country Ranch Sunflower Kernels are being recalled. These products were distributed nationwide directly to consumers online. The NatureBox Country Ranch Sunflower Kernels were sold in a 5 ounce (142 gram) customer stand up pouch. The UPC number of the recalled product is 8 52523 00535 8. The lot number is 8H5M25 and best before dates are 05/18/16, 06/10/16, 08/25/16, 5/9/16, and 7/15/16. The NatureBox Cheddar and Onion Sunflower kernels are also sold in a 5 ounce … [Read more...]

Consumer Reports Decodes Labels on Meat Packages

Consumer Reports is helping consumers decode the labels on their meat packages. Information on the label can tell you if the meat is organic, if the animal was raised without synthetic hormones or antibiotics, if it was grass fed, and more. Here are some label terms and what they mean. "Grass fed" means that meat must come from an animal that has never been fed grain and can graze in a pasture during the grazing season. The animal can be fed antibiotics and hormones. "Partial grass-fed" as a label term is meaningless, since all cattle eat grass or hay when they are young. Grain is given to some of these animals so they get bigger before slaughter. The American Grassfed Association and Animal Welfare Approved Grassfed labels have stricter standards than the USDA. "Humanely raised" … [Read more...]

FDA Requests Data About Safety of Hand Sanitizers

The FDA issued a proposed rule yesterday requesting additional scientific data to support the safety and effectiveness of ingredients used in hand sanitizers that are marketed over the counter. The agency wants to make sure that regular use of these products doesn't present unknown safety and efficacy concerns. This does not mean the FDA thinks these products are unsafe or ineffective. Antiseptic rubs are products used when soap and water are not available. They are left on and not rinsed off with water. Dr. Janet Woodcock, director of the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research said in a statement, "today, consumers are using antiseptic rubs more frequently at home, work, school, and in other public settings where the risk of infection is relatively low. These products … [Read more...]

FDA Issues Details of General Mills E. coli Outbreak Investigation

The FDA has issued details of their investigation into the E. coli O121 outbreak linked to recalled General Mills flour. Flour is not an ingredient most people connect with food poisoning, but it is a raw agricultural product and can be contamianted with pathogenic bacteria. One of the problems with recalls of flour is that many people do not keep this product in its original packaging. Most decant the flour into another container and discard the wrapping. But three people who were sickened in this outbreak kept the flour in its packaging, and helped the government track down the culprit in this outbreak. Multiple signals from the FDA's Coordinated Outbreak Response and Evaluation (CORE) network started coming in. The CDC identified a string of illnesses that started in December … [Read more...]

IKEA Recalls Chocolate Bars for Undeclared Milk and Nuts

IKEA is recalling some of their dark chocolate bars for undeclared milk, hazelnuts, and almonds (tree nuts). Anyone who is allergic to milk, is lactose intolerant, or who is allergic to tree nuts could have a serious reaction if they eat these products. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the consumption of these products in the U.S. IKEA in Sweden has had one reported complaint from a person in Japan. IKEA had samples of the bars analyzed and found they contained the undeclared allergens. The recalled products are CHOKLAD MÖRK Dark Chocolate Bars in 3.5 ounce packages with UPC number 100293927003. Also recalled are CHOKLAD MÖRK 70% Dark Chocolate Bars in 3.5 ounce packages, with UPC number 1203080940009. All "best before dates" are being recalled. If you … [Read more...]

FDA Too Slow To Issue Recalls, HHS Audit Says

The FDA is too slow to get food companies to recall contamianted products, according to an audit by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In some cases, firms waited for months before they recalled their products that caused many illnesses. The HHS Office released a report that states "we found that the FDA did not have an efficient and effective food recall initiation process that helps ensure the safety of the Nation's food supply. Specifically, FDA did not have policies and procedures to ensure that firms or responsible parties initiated voluntary food recalls promptly. This issue is a significant matter and requires FDA's immediate attention." FDA relies on firms to recall food that can be harmful to the public health. The government did not have the authority to … [Read more...]

Don’t Eat Raw Dough for Food Safety Reasons

The FDA blog is focusing on raw dough today. The government is warning consumers that eating raw dough is risky and could give you food poisoning. While most people think that part of making cookies and cake is eating the raw dough or batter, you could get sick. Kids are especially vulnerable to serious complications from food poisoning, including kidney failure and death. The E. coli O121 outbreak linked to General Mills flour is a case in point. Flour is a raw agricultural product that can harbor pathogenic bacteria. Heat is the only thing that will kill those bacteria. A government investigation found that raw dough eaten or handled by some of those sickened was made with General Mills flour produced in their Kansas City, Missouri facility. Bacteria in a flour sample was linked to … [Read more...]

The Pickle Guy Company Recalls Products for Undeclared Allergens

In Canada, The Pickle Guy Company is recalling products because they contain barley, egg, fish, mustard, sulphites, and wheat that are not declared on the label. These products were sold in Ontario at the retail level. No illnesses or allergic reactions have been reported to date. You can see pictures of the recalled products at the CFIA web site. The recalled products are Extra Bite Horseradish in 250 ml containers, recalled for egg and sulphites. The UPC number is 8 57871 00113 7. Super Salsa in 500 ml containers is recalled for mustard; the UPC number for that product is 8 57871 00126 7. Super Salsa in 750 ml containers is also recalled for mustard; the UPC number is 8 57871 00126 7. The Pickle Guy Citrus BBQ Sauce in 355 ml containers is recalled for sulphites, fish, and barley; … [Read more...]

Tommee Tippee Electric Bottle Warmers Recalled for Fire Hazard

About 255,000 Tommee Tippee®  Electric Bottle and Food Warmers are being recalled for being a fire hazard. These warmers can overheat and catch on fire. There have been six reports of bottle and food warmers overheating, melting, smoking, and catching on fire, causing $16,000 in property damage. These Tommee Tippee® Closer to Nature® electric bottle and food warmers, sold separately or as an accessory with the Complete Starter Kit or the All in One Newborn Se, are recalled. The bottle and food warmer is white with a gray adjustable control dial next to the on/off light. Tommee Tippee is stamped in gray on the front. It is 5" high, 5.5" side, and 5" long. The recalled warmers have "Min" or "O" stamped on the left hand side of the control dial and have the UL logo and a six … [Read more...]

FDA Targets Internet Sales of Illegal Prescription Meds

The FDA, in partnership with international regulatory and law enforcement agencies, took action in June against 4,402 websites that illegally sell potentially dangerous, unapproved prescription drugs to U.S. consumers. The effort, led by INTERPOL, was part of Operation Pangea IX. George Karavetsos, director of the FDA's Office of Criminal Investigations, said, "preventing illegal internet sales of dangerous unapproved drugs is critical to protecting consumers' health. Operation Pangea IX demonstrates the FDA's continuing commitment to stand united with our international partners to protect consumers in the United States and throughout the world from criminals who put profit above the health and safety of consumers." The action ran from May 31 to June 7, 2016. Extensive … [Read more...]

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