November 27, 2014

CSPI Asks FDA to Label Sesame an Allergen

Sesame Seeds

Regular readers of this site know that recalls are often issued in Canada for sesame seeds, but those types of recalls are not issued in the U.S. The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is asking the FDA to require that sesame be disclosed on food labels in the same manner as the other major food allergens, which include milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, what, and soy. When Congress passed the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act in 2004, the "Big 8" allergens account for 90% of allergic reactions caused by food. But experts think that sesame is an emerging cause of severe allergy. About 300,000 to 500,000 Americans are allergic to sesame. CSPI filed the petition earlier this month, asking that the agency raise awareness among food service … [Read more...]

FDA Finalizes Menu Labeling for Restaurants and Vending Machines

Nutrition Facts

The FDA has finalized two rules requiring calorie information on menus and menu boards in retail food establishments, including chain restaurants, and vending machines with 20 or more locations. FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg told reporters "Strikingly, Americans eat and drink about a third of their calories away from home - often consuming less nutritious foods and also underestimating the calories that they eat. These final rules will give consumers more information when they are dining out and help them lead healthier lives." Labeling foods is critical to help consumers make healthy food choices. These new rules provide a consistent standard across the country. The proposed rules were released in 2011. The menu labeling will not apply to bars, deli foods, independent … [Read more...]

Health Canada Warns of Risks Associated with Homemade Baby Formula

baby milk bottle

Health Canada is warning consumers about the risks associated with homemade baby formula. The homemade formulas can "cause severe malnutrition and potentially fatal illness in infants," health authorities say. Recipes for homemade formula, available on the Internet, are billed as healthy alternatives to appeal to processed foods. But there is a reason why commercial infant formula is one of the most tightly regulated products on the market, health officials say. It's not easy to replicate human breast milk. Infants have have specific nutritional needs that are not the same as those of adults or children. Every ounce they take in needs to be balanced with the the proper amount of vitamins, minerals, fats  and protein. Whereas homemade formulas carry the risk of nutritional … [Read more...]

In Canada, Crisp Cakes Walnut Cracker Recalled for Undeclared Peanut

Macau Honghong Crisp Cakes Walnut Cracker recall

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Loc-Sky Trading Co. Ltd. are recalling Crisp Cakes Walnut Cracker because they may contain undeclared peanuts, one of the major food allergens. Those with an allergy to peanuts could have a life-threatening reaction if they eat this product. There has been one reported reaction associated with the consumption of this product. The recalled product is Macau Honghong Crisp Cakes Walnut Cracker in 200 gram packages. The code on the product is 2015.12.15 and the UPC number is 6 924535 411039. The product was sold in Ontario and Quebec at the retail level. If you purchased this product and are allergic to peanuts, do not eat it. Discard or return to the place of purchase for a refund. … [Read more...]

Whole Foods Recalls Vegan Pumpkin Pie for Undeclared Nuts


Whole Foods is recalling “Vegan pumpkin pie” produced and sold at stores in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas because it contains undeclared walnuts. The recalled product was sold as half  pies and full pies packaged in both clear, plastic clamshell boxes and brown, Kraft paper boxes. Consumers who have allergies to nuts should not eat this product as they run the risk of serious or life‑threatening allergic reaction if they do. No adverse reactions had been reported at the time of the recall. The recalled pies were marked with  the UPCs 24917100000 and 24917300000 and “sell by” dates of 10/27/14-­‐‑11/30/14. Signage has been posted at stores to notify customers of this recall, and all affected product has been removed from shelves. Consumers who have purchased this product and … [Read more...]

Moose Tracks Ice Cream Recalled for Undeclared Peanuts

Denali Extreme Moose Tracks recall

The Kroger Co. is recalling select containers of Private Selection Denali Extreme Moose Tracks Ice Cream because it may contain peanuts, one of the major food allergens, that is not listed on the label. Anyone with an allergy to peanuts could have a serious or life-threatening reaction if they consume this product. No illnesses have been reported to date. The recalled product is Private Selection Denali Extreme Moose Tracks Ice Cream in 48 ounce containers. The sell by date is April 16, 2015 and the UPC number is 11110-00456. The stores in this recall are Bakers stores in Nebraska, Dillons stores in Kansas and Missouri, Gerbes stores in Missouri, Fred Meyer stores in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, Food 4 Less stores in California and Nevada; King Soopers and City Market … [Read more...]

Safe Turkey Handling Tips for a Happy Thanksgiving

Holiday turkey on white

The folks at Holiday Food Safety are offering tips for handling your turkey safely for a happy Thanksgiving. The Partnership for Food Safety Education includes the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the Institute of Food Technology, and other organizations. Before you buy the turkey, make sure you have room for it in your fridge. Always store the turkey in a large pan so raw juices don't drip and contaminate other foods. If you buy a frozen turkey, make sure you leave enough time for it to thaw. It takes about 24 hours for every four to five pounds to thaw in the fridge, so by now it's too late. But you can cook your turkey from the frozen state! Always wash your hands with warm water and soap for 20 seconds before and after handling the raw turkey. Never ever defrost the turkey on … [Read more...]

Beef Balls Recall for Listeria in Canada Updated

Nha Trang Beef Balls Listeria Recall

The recall of Nha Trang Deli Beef Balls for Listeria monocytogenes has been updated to include more codes. The original recall was issued on 11/13/14. No reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product have been received to date, but the illness caused by Listeria monocytogenes can take up to 70 days to appear. The recalled product is Nha Trang Deli Inc. Beef Balls in 454 gram packages. The code on the product is Best Before Dates from 14 12 06 to 14 12 17, inclusively. The UPC number of the recalled product is 6 20937 00001 2. They were sold in British Columbia at the retail level. CFIA test results triggered the recall. A food safety investigation is being conducted. If you purchased this product, do not eat it. Discard in a sealed container or return to the … [Read more...]

Henry’s Farm Recalls Soybean Sprouts for Listeria Again


Henry's Farm of Virginia is recalling all packages of Soybean Sprouts because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. This is the second big recall of sprouts for Listeria contamination for this facility; the other was in 2012. No illnesses have been reported to date, but listeriosis can take up to 70 days to present after exposure. The recalled products include all clear 1 pound packages of Natto Soybean Sprouts. They are labeled as produced by Henry's Farm Inc. and do not have a code. Also recalled are all clear 2 pound packages of Bean Sprouts distributed by Rhee Brothers Inc. Columbia MD with no code. Finally, all bulk (about 10 pounds) black plastic bags of Soy Bean Sprouts are recalled. They were labeled as produced by Henry's Farm Inc. The packages were not coded. … [Read more...]

Listeria Prompts Acme Smoked Nova Salmon Recall


Acme Smoked Fish Corporation of Brooklyn is recalling 564 pounds of imported Smoked Nova Salmon for possible Listeria contamination. The product was sold at Giant stores in Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. This recall was issued on November 18, 2014, but the FDA is just announcing it as an "urgent product recall notice". The company contacted us and said the recall is now "closed", but consumers may still have this product in their homes. The product, imported from Denmark, was sold in 4 oz. (113g) vacuum packs with the lot code L.05122014. Consumers who have purchased this product should not eat it as Listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections. Young children, seniors, pregnant women and others with weakened immune systems are at highest risk. … [Read more...]

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