December 5, 2016

Royal Seafood Baza Recalls Herring for Possible Listeria

Royal Seafood Baza of New York is recalling refrigerated ready to eat herring products because they may be contamianted with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. No illnesses have been reported to date, but the illness caused by this bacteria can take up to 70 days to manifest. You can see the long list of recalled products at the FDA web site. They include refrigerated, ready to eat herring in brine and herring in oil in various sizes and with different UPC numbers. The Bulk Herring products have pack dates of “11/2/16” – “11/30/16”.  The Herring products packaged in retail containers have Best Before dates of: 11.30.2016 through 02.28.2017. Herring products packaged in vacuum packaged bags include Pack Dates of 11.09.16 - 11.30.16. This recall was triggered as a result of environmental … [Read more...]

Restaurants Don’t Explain Risks of Undercooked Meat to Customers

According to a study by North Carolina State University and published in the Journal of Food Protection, front line staff in restaurants do not do a good job explaining risks of undercooked meat to customers. Undercooked meat served at restaurants, especially ground beef, has been the source of food poisoning outbreaks in the past.   Unfortunately, servers in restaurants are a high turnover position with relatively low wages. These workers want to give their customers a positive experience, so they typically don't want to mention potential problems with food. Inaccurate information provided by servers often contracts science-based information people need to make informed food safety decisions. All of the 50 states in this country have adopted some version of the FDA's … [Read more...]

CDC Develops FoodNet Fast For Consumers to Track Outbreaks

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed an interactive online program so consumers can track foodborne illness outbreaks over a 20 year period. The tool is called FoodNet Fast. The database includes confirmed cases of infection reported to FoodNet, which is the CDC's Foodborne Disease Active Surveillance Network. It includes outbreaks from 1996 through 2015. People can search by year, pathogen, age group, sex, and race. To develop the database, officials used surveillance from FoodNet in 10 sites for infections of nine pathogens that are commonly transmitted through food, and also for hemolytic uremic syndrome, a complication of E. coli infections that can cause kidney failure. The database also tracks how the rates of illness for Campylobacter, … [Read more...]

Derby City Vending Recalls Buffalo Chicken Sandwich

Derby City Vending is recalling Buffalo Chicken Sandwich because it may contain undeclared milk, egg, and soy, three of the major food allergens. Anyone who is allergic to those ingredients, or is lactose intolerant, could have a serious reaction if they eat this product. No illnesses have been reported to date. The sandwich was distributed in Kentucky and Indiana through delivery to vending food machines. The product is in a black square container with a clear lid that has a Derby City Vending label. It is identified as Buffalo Chicken Sandwich with a best buy date of up to 12/4/16. If you purchased this product and cannot eat egg, soy, and/or milk, do not eat it. Throw it away or take it back to the place of purchase for a full refund. … [Read more...]

ABX Weight Loss Supplement Contains Hidden Drug

The FDA is advising consumers not to purchase or use ABX Weight Loss, a product promoted for weight loss, because it contains sibutramine, a controlled substance. There is no word on whether or not this product has been associated with any adverse effects or illnesses. Sibutramine was removed from the market in October 2010 because it substantially increases blood pressure and/or pulse rate in some people and may be a significant risk for people with heart disease. It may also interact in life-threatening ways with other medications. The product was sold at www.zxtbeepollenpills.com and may have been sold in some retail stores. If you purchased this product, do not use it. Take it to the drug disposal center in your area or return it to the place of purchase for a refund. You can … [Read more...]

Megajex Dietary Supplement Recalled for Unapproved Drugs

MS Bionic is recalling all lots of Megajex Natural Male Sex Enhancer capsules. this product contains Tadalafil and Sildenafil, FDA approved drugs used as treatment for ED. This product could be harmful because these undeclared drugs may lower blood pressure to dangerous levels. Anyone with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or heart disease often take nitrates. The drugs in this product can interact with nitrates. The product is marketed as a dietary supplement for erectile dysfunction. It is packaged in 20 count bottles and was sold nationwide. If you purchased this product, do not take it. Contact your physician if you have experienced any problems that may be related to taking or using this product. Return the product to the place of purchase or take it to a drug … [Read more...]

Valley Milk Products Seized by U.S. Marshals

The FDA announced yesterday that U.S. Marshals seized more than 4,000,000 pounds of dried milk products made by Valley Milk Products LLC of Strasburg, Virginia. The company is owned by the Maryland and Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative Association in Reston, Virginia. The U.S. Department of Justice filed the complaint, on behalf of the FDA, in the U.S. District Court for the Virginia Western District, alleging that the seized products are adulterated under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.  The products that were seized include dry nonfat milk powder and buttermilk powder. They were packaged in 40 and 50 pound bags for further manufacturing and were worth nearly $4 million. The FDA inspected the facility from July to September 2016 and found poor sanitary practices. The … [Read more...]

Pancake Mix Recalled in Canada for Undeclared Peanuts

Seoul Trading Corporation is recalling Q.One brand Stuffed Honey Pancake Mix in Canada because it may contain undeclared peanuts, one of the major food allergens. There is no word on whether any illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the consumption of this product. The recalled product is Q.One brand name Stuffed Honey Pancake Mix in 400 gram containers. All codes where peanuts are not declared on the label are recalled. The UPC number is 8 801013 797596. The product was sold in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan at the retail level. If you purchased this product and are allergic to peanuts, do not eat it. Throw it away or return it to the store where you bought it for a full refund. … [Read more...]

Supreme Slim 5.7 Contains Hidden Drugs

The FDA is warning the public not to purchase or use Supreme Slim 5.7, a dietary supplement that is sold for weight loss on some web sites and may have been sold in retail stores. It contains phenolphthalein and sildenafil, two undeclared drugs. Phenolphthalein is not approved for use and it may be associated with an increased risk of cancer. Sildenafil is the active ingredient in the prescription drug Viagra. It may interact with nitrates found in some prescription drugs, and can lower blood pressure to dangerous levels. If you purchased this product, do not consume it. Take it to the drug disposal program in your area or take it back to the place of purchase for a refund. You can report adverse effects from taking this product or any dietary supplement to the FDA. Use the FDA's … [Read more...]

Broccoli Slaw Recalled in Canada for Possible Listeria

Sobeys Inc. is recalling Compliments brand Broccoli Slaw in Canada for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the consumption of this product, but listeriosis can take up to 70 days to appear. The recalled product is sold in 340 gram packages, with UPC number 0 68820 10422 3 and best before date 16 NO 25. The product was sold in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, and Saskatchewan. If you purchased this product, do not eat it. Throw it away in a sealed container so other people and animals can't eat it, or take it back to the store where you bought it for a full refund. Wash your hands well with soap and water after handling this … [Read more...]

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