January 25, 2015

Queseria Bendita Listeria Soft Cheese Recall Updated

Queseria Bendita Listeria Outbreak Cheese Recall

The recall of Queseria Bendita soft cheeses and sour cream for Listeria monocytogenes contamination has been updated to include ALL best by dates. Previously, all products with best by dates up to 4/16/15 were recalled. There is an outbreak associated with this recall; three people in Washington state were sickened with listeriosis. Two people were hospitalized, and one person died. One illness was associated with a pregnancy. The recalled products are packaged in clear plastic wrappers or plastic tubs, and the best by dates are stamp coded next to a label. The cheeses and sour cream have shelf lives of up to 90 days. The last date of distribution was January 15, 2015. That means consumers probably still have them in their homes. All best by dates are recalled. The recalled … [Read more...]

Chicken Breast Fritters Recalled for Undeclared Eggs

Prime Poultry Chicken Fritters Recall

Primecut Meats of Arizona is recalling about 17,700 pounds of chicken breast fritters products because they contain eggs, one of the major food allergens, that is not declared on the label. Anyone who is allergic to eggs could have a life-threatening reaction if they eat this product. No reports of illnesses have been received to date. The recalled item is 4 pound boxes of "Prime Poultry Chicken Breast Fritters". They were produced on various dates before January 23, 2015. They have the establishment number "P-27220" inside the USDA mark of inspection. They were shipped to retail locations in Arizona and Colorado. The problem was discovered during FSIS in-plant verification. If you purchased this product and are allergic to eggs, do not eat it. Discard or return to the place of … [Read more...]

Market Day ChicNSteakes Recalled for Undeclared Wheat and Soy


Aspen Foods Division of Koch Foods of Illinois is recalling 1,140 pounds of chicken steak products because they contain wheat and soy, two of the major food allergens, that are not declared on the label. Those with an allergy to these ingredients could have a serious allergic reaction if they eat this product. No reports of adverse reactions have been received to date. The recalled product is 2 pound boxes containing vacuum-packages of "Market Day Teriayki Flavored ChickNSteakes" that are actually packed in boxes labeled "Market Day Lemon Pepper ChickNSteakes". They were produced on December 13, 2014. The products have the establishment number "P-1358" inside the USDA mark of inspection. The inner package has a Julian Date of "3464" and the outer box has a pack date of 12/13/14. They … [Read more...]

Mann’s Snap Peas Recalled in Canada for Undeclared Allergens

Manns Snap Pea Sensations Recall

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Sobey's, along with Walmart Canada are recalling Mann's brand Mediterranean Style Snap Pea Sensations because it contains mustard, sesame, soy, and wheat that are not declared on the label. People with an allergy to those ingredients could have a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. No reported reactions have been received to date. The recalled products are Snap peas and toppings. The peas are in a 288 gram package, and the dressing in a 30 mL package. The UPC number is 7  16519 01108 5 and the best before date is 15 JA 25. If you purchased this item and are allergic to mustard, sesame, soy, and/or wheat, do not eat it. Discard or return to the place of purchase for a refund. … [Read more...]

Study Finds COOL Labels Haven’t Affected Livestock Exports

Country of Origin Labeling

Country of origin labeling (COOL) has been a hot topic in the news for months. The United States wants to label meat products with information about where the animals and processed meat come from, but the World Trade Organization (WTO) has stated over and over again that they believe these steps are potentially harmful to other countries. Canada and Mexico filed objections to the labeling, fearing that consumers would not want to buy products from their countries. WTO sided with Canada and Mexico. But a new study from Auburn University shows that COOL laws have not undermined Canada and Mexico's livestock exports to the U.S. Instead, study author Robert Taylor found that COOL was implemented in 2008 just as the severe United States recession ended demand for expensive meats. Wenonah … [Read more...]

Wonton Bean Sprouts Salmonella Outbreak Ends

Wonton Foods Bean Sprouts Salmonella Outbreak 12315

The Salmonella Enteritidis outbreak linked to bean sprouts produced by Wonton Foods is over, according to the CDC. A total of 115 people in 12 states were infected with the outbreak strain of the bacteria. Twenty-five percent of ill persons were hospitalized, and there were no deaths. No recall was ever announced for the contaminated product. The number of persons sickened by state is as follows: Connecticut (8), Maine (4), Maryland (6), Massachusetts (36), Montana (1), New Hampshire (6), New York (22), Ohio (3), Pennsylvania (18), Rhode Island (7), Vermont (3), and Virginia (1). The person in Montana traveled to the eastern U.S. during the time when exposure likely occurred. Illness onset dates ranged from September 30, 2014 to December 15, 2014. The age range for ill persons was … [Read more...]

Senators: New Salmonella, Campylobacter Standards for Poultry Will Reduce Illnesses


The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s  (USDA's ) proposed new pathogen standards for Salmonella and Campylobacter in poultry pieces will reduce the number of foodborne illnesses reported each year, say Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced yesterday the first ever proposed standards for Campylobacter and Salmonella on poultry parts and revised standards for ground poultry. The agency has implemented performance standards for Salmonella and Campylobacter on poultry sold whole since 1996, but has never had them for poultry sold in pieces such as breasts, wings and drumsticks or for Campylobacter in ground poultry. Only 20 percent of poultry sold is whole.  So most of the poultry … [Read more...]

JJ Fuds Recalls Frozen Raw Chicken Tender Chunks Pet Food for Listeria


J.J. Fuds in Valparaiso, Ind. is recalling a select lot and product of J.J. Fuds Chicken Tender Chunks Pet Food for potential Listeria contamination. Consumers who have purchased this product should not use it. Contaminated pet food can cause illness in pets who eat it and humans who handle it.  Young children, frail or elderly people, those with weakened immune systems and pregnant women are at special risk.  Among pregnant women, Listeria infections can cause miscarriages, stillbirths, premature delivery and infection in newborns. The recalled product was distributed in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana and Illinois to wholesale and retail customers. The  recalled product, J. J. Fuds Premium Natural Blends, Chicken Tender Chunks,  was sold in 5 lb. bags with the UPC code … [Read more...]

Go Raw Organic Spicy Seed Mix Recalled for Salmonella


Freeland Foods Inc. of San Jose, Calif. is  recalling the Go Raw Organic Spicy Seed Mix for potential  Salmonella contamination. Consumers who have purchased this product should not use it. Salmonella can cause serious infections. Young children, frail or elderly people, and those with weakened immune systems are especially vulnerable. Symptoms of an infection include fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In some cases, the infection can get into the bloodstream and produce more severe illnesses such as infected aneurysms, endocarditis and arthritis. The recalled products include: Go Raw Brand Organic Spicy Seed Mix, UPC number 8 59888 00040 0, lot number “Enjoy before May 12, 2015 R2,” sold in 1 lb. (454 g) re-sealable plastic bags sold by … [Read more...]

Holiday Foods Recalls Chicken, Beef Products for Undeclared Peanut


Holiday Foods of  Hollywood, Fla.  is recalling approximately 1,819 pounds of beef, chicken and pork products due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen, peanuts. There have been no reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products but consumers with allergies to peanuts should not eat these products as they risk severe or life-threatening reaction if they do. Holiday Foods was notified by its spice supplier that the cumin in a spice mix used to formulate the products may have been contaminated with peanuts. The recalled products include Holiday Foods “Peruvian Brand Marinated Beef for Brochett on a Specialty Bamboo Skewer 4801804” sold if 5 corrugated brown packages with case code YX43242; weighing 4.4-lbs each; and containing 100 pieces; Chicken Taquitos:  … [Read more...]

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