July 24, 2014

Sara Lee Foodservice Recalls Smoked Sausage for Undeclared Soy


Sara Lee Foodservice in Wisconsin is recalling 82,440 pounds of smoked sausage for undeclared soy. The product was formulated with hydrolyzed soy protein, one of the major food allergens, that is not declared on the label. Anyone with an allergy to soy who eats this product could have a serious or life-threatening reaction. The product is not available in grocery stores or sold directly to consumers; it was distributed to institutional users across the country. The recalled product is "Smoked Sausage Rope" in 10 pound cases, containing two 5-pound packages with case code SKU 46218. The product has the establishment number "Est. 2435" inside the USDA mark of inspection. It was produced from January 1 through June 6, 2014. The problem was discovered during a routine label review. There … [Read more...]

Earth Circle Organics Recalls Organic Carob Powder for Salmonella


Earth Circle Organics has been notified by its supplier of a recall of Organic Carob Powder due to possible Salmonella contamination. No illnesses associated with the consumption of this product have been reported to date. These are the Organic Carob Powder SKU numbers, lot numbers, UPC numbers, and Expiration Dates of the recalled products. CRBP16ow with Lot #s 3642; 3404; 3221; 3267; UPC number 894932002283 and Exp. Date 6/5/2015. CRBP5lb with Lot #s 3405 and 3262; UPC number 894932002733  and Exp. Date 6/5/2015. CBP20lb with Lot #s 3487; 3387; 3292; UPC number 813313011485 and Exp. Date 6/5/2015. Finally, CRBP55lb with Lot #s  201901; 196201; 194801; 188901; 0786; UPC number 894932002740, and Exp. Date 6/5/2015. No other Earth Circle Organics products are affected by this recall. … [Read more...]

Whole Foods Recalls Items Made with Stone Fruit Recalled for Listeria

Sweet2Eat Listeria Recalled Fruit Canada

Whole Foods Market is recalling made-in-store items prepared with organic and conventional stone fruit from Wawona Packing Company because of possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. No illnesses have been reported to date, but the symptoms of listeriosis can take up to 70 days to appear. The made-in-store items include those made with peaches, nectarines, and plums. THey were sold between June 1 and July 21, 2014. Not all items or all products were sold in all store locations. The products include cakes, tarts, salsas, and prepared salads. They were sold in Whole Foods Market stores using the Whole Foods Market scale labels in all states where the stores are looted except Florida, Washington, and Oregon. The company has released a PDF with a list of all of the … [Read more...]

Cyclospora in 13 States Sickens 125

Cyclospora has sickened 125 people in 13 states

At least 125 cases of cyclospora infection have been reported in 13 states, according to the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) in Minnesota.  Health officials have not determined if the cases are linked and a food source has not been identified. But as spike in cases is unusual. Cyclospora is a rare parasite normally associated with tropical or subtropical climates. In the U.S., cases of infection, called cyclosporiasis, are most often associated with travel. Last year, the single-celled organism burst into national headlines when a 25-state outbreak sickened 631 people, hospitalizing 49. Produce imported from Mexico was identified as the source of most of those illnesses. Cyclospora is transmitted via the fecal-oral route, meaning microscopic amounts of … [Read more...]

In Canada, Cheeses Recalled for Listeria Monocytogenes

Vecchia Malga Burratina Listeria Recall

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Jan K Overweel Ltd. are recalled two types of cheeses for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. No illnesses have been reported to date, but listeriosis, the illness caused by this bacteria, can take up to 70 days to manifest. The cheeses are Luigi Guffanti 1876 brand Burrata di Corato in 500 gram packages, with no UPC number and Lot 140708. The Best Before date is 23/07/2014. Also recalled is Vecchia Malga Burratina in 100 gram packages. The UPC number is 8 032611 324215 and Lot number is 191. The Best Before date is 26-07-2014. If you purchased either of these products, do not eat them. Return to the place of purcabhse for a refund, then clean out your refrigerator with a mild bleach solution, since Listeria bacteria can grow … [Read more...]

Cyclospora Cases Reported In Maine, Texas

Cyclospora in Texas and Maine

One year after a cyclospora outbreak swept through 25 states sickening 631 people, new cases of infection (cyclosporiasis) from the rare parasite have been reported in Maine and Texas. At least 61 cases have been reported in Texas. In Maine, four cases have been confirmed and test results on two other cases are pending. Health officials have not yet identified a food source for the outbreaks or established if cases in both states are related. Texas was hardest hit in last year's outbreak with 270 cases. Maine was not part of the 2013 outbreak and has not seen a case of cyclospora since 2010. Maine's four cases this year were reported between June 24 and July 7. For three of those patients, onset of illness began between May 27 and June 15.  The Texas cases were also reported over the … [Read more...]

Schwebel Withraws Baked Goods on Listeria Concern


Schwebel Baking Company of Youngstown, Ohio has withdrawn certain products from the marketplace after Listeria was discovered during scheduled testing at its Youngstown bakery. None of Schwebel’s other bakeries are impacted. There have been no reports of illness associated with the baked goods, which were distributed to retail outlets, restaurants and institutions in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, New York, Michigan, West Virginia and Kentucky. However, the products should not be sold or consumed. Paul Schwebel, the company’s president, said production was immediately halted when the problem was discovered and  the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was alerted of the potential problem, according to a statement on the company's website. The company also placed all product prepared for … [Read more...]

Three States File Lawsuits Against 5-Hour Energy Maker

5-Hour Energy

Three states: Oregon, Vermont, and Washington, have filed lawsuits against the makers of 5-Hour Energy, a drink that is loaded with caffeine, for deceptive marketing. That product has been linked to 22 deaths reported to the government since 2004. The defendants are Living Essentials and Innovation Ventures. The Oregon complaint alleges that the companies "repeatedly violated the Oregon Unlawful Trade Practices Act (UTPA) by making deceptive and misleading claims about the 5-hour Energy products." The company used print, television, internet, and radio advertising to claim that the product has a "unique combination of ingredients" that provided consumers with "energy, alertness and focus", when the only active ingredient was a concentrated dose of caffeine. Vitamins, enzymes, and amino … [Read more...]

Consumers Advocates Try to Stop Filthy Chicken Rule


Representatives from consumer advocate organizations met with staff from the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) yesterday to express their opposition to the poultry privatization rule that is close to being approved. The rule removes government inspectors from poultry slaughter lines, increases line speeds, and places company employees in inspection positions. Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch said in a statement, "we expect the White House to jam this rule through quickly. Given the failure of the Obama Administration to implement policies to protect farmers from big meat packers, we suspect they are preparing to give another huge gift to the meat industry - the ability to police themselves when it comes to food safety." The industry should … [Read more...]

Listeria Fruit Recall Includes Whole Foods, Cub, Aldi, Kroger and More

Whole Foods, Kroger, Cub Listeria recall peaches, necatrines, plums, pluots

The stone fruit Listeria recall includes a number of major retailers. Consumers who have purchased peaches, nectarines, plums and plouts should check to see if the store where they were purchased the fruit is included in the recall. According to their websites and information provided by Wawona,  the following retailers are included in the recall: Whole Foods, Cub Foods, Aldi, Kroger, Giants, Martins, Wegmans, Jay C, Dillons, Bakers, Gerbes, Food4less Fremont, King Soopers, City Market, Frys, Fred Meyer, Ralphs, Food4less, FoodsCo, QFC, Smith's, Hannaford, BJs Wolsesale Club, Costco, Trader Joe’s, Sam’s Club and Walmart. This is not a complete list, but is based on information available so far. The recalled fruit was packed between June 1 and  July 12. At this point, no illness have … [Read more...]

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