September 25, 2017

Why is a Product Recalled?

We tell you about food recalls every day. All foods in this country are regulated by the FDA and the USDA. Manufacturers must follow guidelines for production, label the food correctly, and make sure it won't make people sick. But when a problem occurs, a recall may be issued. And if a recalled product is an ingredient in other products, secondary recalls are issued. When a product is defective or harmful, removing it from the marketplace is the most effective way to protect consumers. Recalls are almost always voluntary. A company could discover a problem and recall a product on their own, or they could recall it after the FDA raises concerns. The FDA can also request a recall. The government oversees the recall strategy and assesses its adequacy. Food products may be recalled … [Read more...]

Gear Isle Recalls Supplements for Undeclared Drugs

Gadget Island, dba Gear Isle, is recalling four dietary supplements because they contain sildenafil, desmethyl carbodenafil and tadalafil. Those ingredients can interact with nitrates found in some prescription drugs and can cause a life-threatening drop in blood pressure. The FDA has received adverse event report from consumers who bought these products. Gear Isle has not received any reports of adverse events. The recalled products are: Rhino 7 Platinum 5000, with UPC number 617135861224 and lot number R7-D5K1011H; Papa Zen 3000, with UPC number 718122032587 and lot number NSS050888; Fifty Shades 6000, with UPC number 4026666146056 and no lot number; and Grande X 5800, with UPC number 640793555440 and no lot number. The products are labeled as dietary supplements. They were … [Read more...]

Death Wish Nitro Cold Brew Recalled for Botulism Risk

Death Wish Coffee is recalling its 11 ounce Data Wish Nitro Brew cans because they may be contaminated with botulism toxin. The process of making the product could lead to the growth and production of the deadly toxin. Clostridium botulinum toxin is ubiquitous throughout the environment. In low acid canned foods, this bacteria can grow and produce the toxin. The symptoms of botulism poisoning include general weakness, dizziness, double vision, trouble speaking, and difficulty swallowing. Constipation, abdominal dissension, difficulty in breathing, and weakness of other muscles are also common symptoms. The production of the product has stopped. The Death Wish Nitro Cold Brew is sold in 11 ounce cans. It was sold through the company's online store, and has been pulled from shelves at … [Read more...]

Martin Yoder Farm Raw Milk Contaminated with Campylobacter

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Commissioner Richard A. Ball warned consumers not to drink unpasteurized raw milk from the Martin Yoder Farm because it may be contaminated with Campylobacter. That farm is located at 2594 Murdock Road in Medina, New York. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem. Any consumer who bought that milk should immediately discard it. A recent sample of the milk collected by an inspector was contaminated with the pathogenic bacteria. The producer was notified of a preliminary positive test result on September 13, 2017. Farm owners immediately and voluntarily suspended sales of the product. Further testing, completed on September 15, 2017, confirmed the presence of Campylobacter jejune in the raw … [Read more...]

Chinese Brand Big Sausage Recalled for Undeclared Milk

America New York RI Wang Food Group is recalling about 53,973 pounds of pork sausage for misbranding and undeclared milk, which is one of the major food allergens. No allergic reactions have been reported to date in connection with this issue. The recalled items are all Chinese Brand Big Sausage brand. They were sold in large packages distributed to institutions, and retail packages of Chinese Brand Mini Bite Size Sausage in 225 gram containers. You can see the lot codes and package dates of the recalled products at the USDA web site. These products have the establishment number "EST. M/P-40200" inside the USDA mark of inspection. They were distributed for retail sale in New Jersey and New York. If you bought this product and are allergic to milk or are lactose intolerant, don't eat … [Read more...]

Organic Deglet Noor Dates Recalled by Natural Grocers for Undeclared Coconut

The “Natural Grocers” brand of “ORGANIC DEGLET NOOR DATES PITTED” has been recalled by Vitamin Cottage Natural Foods Markets, Inc. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), these dates may contain coconut, a common allergen which was not listed on the package labeling. Vitamin Cottage Natural Food Markets, Inc. is a natural grocery chain headquartered in Lakewood, Colorado. The dates affected by this recall, packaged in clear plastic bags that vary in weight, were distributed to 45 Natural Grocers’ stores in the states of Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. The UPC codes on the “ORGANIC DEGLET NOOR DATES PITTED” packages begin with “200129xxxxxx”; all affected packages also bear a “Packed On” date of … [Read more...]

Cherry Valley Marketplace Recalls Cupcakes for Undeclared Milk

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports that Cherry Valley Marketplace has recalled its “CHERRY VALLEY VANILLA CUPCAKES” AND “CHERRY VALLEY CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES” because these baked goods may contain milk, an allergen that was erroneously omitted from the product labeling. Cherry Valley Marketplace is headquartered in West Hempstead, New York. The issue was discovered when the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspectors identified the presence of the milk allergens in the cupcakes during a routine sampling. Distributed in the states of Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York, the cupcakes were packaged in 12-ounce clear plastic containers. The “CHERRY VALLEY VANILLA CUPCAKES” packages were stamped with the UPC barcode # 00004961147 and an expiration date … [Read more...]

German Sausage Haus Recalls Meats for Possible Staph

German Sausage Haus of Washington is recalling about 1252 pounds of meat products for possible staphylococcus enterotoxin contamination. There may have been a processing deviation that led to this problem. The enterotoxins are heat resistant, so even if you heat these foods to a normally safe internal temperature they can still make you sick. There is no word on whether or not any illnesses have been reported in connection with this issue. You can see the long list of recalled products, along with sizes, package codes, and package dates at the USDA site. They are all German Sausage Haus brand, and include Danube Smoked Sausages, Smoked Bacon, Devil Dog Smoked Sausages, Christmas Smoked Sausages, Smoked Fat, and Smoked Pork Loin, among others. All were produced and packaged on dates … [Read more...]

Love Child Organics Baby Cereal Recalled for Undeclared Gluten

Greenspace Brands is recalling Love Child Organics brand Baby's First Buckwheat & Chia Organic Infant Cereal sold in Canada because it may contain gluten that is not declared on the label. No illnesses or reactions have been reported to date in connection with this issue. The recalled product is Love Child Organics Baby's First Buckwheat & Chia Organic Infant Cereal in 227 gram packages. The codes on the product are 2017NO16, 2017DE21, 2018JA18, 2018AL09, and 2018SE26 and the UPC number is 8 58860 00181 7. It was sold nationally at the retail level. If you purchased this product and your child is gluten sensitive or has celiac disease, do not feed it to them. Throw it away or take it back to the place of purchase for a full refund. … [Read more...]

Ragazzo’s Italian Style Meatball Mix Recalled for Soy

Northside Noodle Company of Michigan is recalling about 123 pounds of meatball mix because it contains undeclared soy, one of the major food allergens. No allergic reactions have been reported to date in conjunction with this issue. The recalled product is 1-pound polystyrene foam packages containing "Ragazzo’s ITALIAN STYLE MEATBALL MIX," with lot codes 2008, 2024 and 2044. It has the establishment number "EST. M10062" inside the USDA mark of inspection. The product was shipped to a retail location in Michigan. This item was produced on June 6, June 27, and August 2, 2017. If you purchased this product and are allergic to soy, don't eat it. Throw it away or take it back to the place of purchase for a full refund. … [Read more...]

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