October 22, 2014

Congress Members Ask for More Answers on Poultry Inspection


Fifteen members of Congress sent a letter last week to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack about the new poultry inspection system that has been criticized by consumer, food safety, and workplace safety advocates. They wrote they are "extremely disappointed" that the USDA did not address their concerns about the new rule about HIMP, or the New Poultry Inspection System (NPIS). The letter states "the new rule will create a system that is detrimental to food and worker safety, as well as animal welfare. This rule abdicates food safety oversight from the USDA into the hands of industry and it places workers in jeopardy." The rule removes USDA-FSIS inspectors from processing lines in poultry plants and instead lets corporations use their own employees for inspections. This creates a … [Read more...]

National Seafood Month Food Safety Tips


October is National Seafood Month and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has compiled some food safety tips to help consumers makes smart choices and reduce the risk of food poisoning. They are as follows: Buying Fresh Fish or Shrimp? If something smells fishy, don’t buy it. Fish should be odorless. It should not smell fishy, sour or like ammonia. Whole fish should have firm, shiny flesh; clear, slightly bulged eyes and red gills that are free of slime. Shrimp should also be odorless. Its flesh should be shiny and translucent. Don’t buy seafood that is not refrigerated or displayed on a bed of ice. Buying Fresh Shellfish? Look for labels or tags on sacks of live shellfish that have information such as the processor’s certification number, which means that the shellfish were … [Read more...]

Hapi Pudding Recalled for Undeclared Milk

Hapi Pudding Allergen Recall

JFC International of California is recalling all lot codes of its Hapi Pudding because it may contain undeclared milk, one of the major food allergens. Anyone with an allergy to milk could have a life-threatening reaction if they consume this product. No allergic reactions have been reported to date. The milk-containing product was distributed in packaging that was mislabeled during a revision of the packaging process. The recalled product, "Hapi Pudding" is sold in a 3-pack with a net weight of 8.46 ounces. The UPC number is 11152 13417. The product was distributed nationwide to retail stores. The product is in clear plastic containers with an orange and white seal on top. Product information is on the bottom of the plastic wrapped container. If you purchased this product and … [Read more...]

Asian 7 Rice Cracker Mix Recalled for Undeclared Peanuts

Market Basket Asian Rice Cracker Mix Peanut Recall

United Natural Trading LLC dba Woodstock Farms Manufacturing of New Jersey is recalling 22 pound bulk cases and Market Basket 12 ounce tubs of Asian 7 Rice Cracker Mix because they may contain undeclared peanuts. People with an allergy or sensitivity to peanuts could have a serious or life-threatening reaction if they eat this product. No illnesses have been reported to date. The recalled bulk cases of the mix, Lot #YOUI03 were supplied to Woodstock Farms from Suzhou Youi Foods in China and distributed in Florida and Wisconsin. The Market Basket 12 ounce tubs of the Asian 7 Rice Cracker Mix, Lot #14248 were supplied from China to Woodstock Farms and distributed in Maine, Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts. The best by date is 9/5/15 and UPC number is 04970540898. A … [Read more...]

Final nSpired Nut Butters Salmonella Outbreak Update


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released their final update on the Salmonella Braenderup outbreak linked to nSpired Natural Foods nut butters. The outbreak is over. But some people may still have the products in their homes. Check to see if you have any of the recalled items in your pantry. If you do, throw them away in a sealed container immediately. Discard the products even if you ate some of the product and did not get sick. You can see the long list of recalled products at the FDA web site along with UPC numbers, package sizes, and product codes. Recalled brands include Arrowhead Mills, MaraNatha, Kroger, Safeway, Trader Joe's, and Whole Foods 365. Products included creamy and crunchy roasted and raw almond and peanut butters and flavored nut butters. The … [Read more...]

Lamb Products from Iceland Recalled for No Import Inspection


E&B's Natural Way of Maryland is recalling 27,948 pounds of raw lamb products because they were not presented at the U.S. border for USDA-FSIS import inspection. Without the benefit of full inspection, a possibility of "adverse health consequences" exists, according to the USDA. No reports of adverse reactions have been received to date. The recalled products were packaged on October 21, 2013, and September 2, 20, 21, and 22, 2014. They are: Lamb Packs, Lamb Bone-In Legs, Lamb Boneless Legs, Lamb Saddles, Lamb Racks, Lamb Loins, Lamb Shoulders, Lamb Shanks, Lamb Trim, and Lamb for Stew. The products have the establishment number "IS A022 EFTA" and include a label indicated "Product of Iceland." They were shipped to retail establishments in Washington and Oregon where they would have … [Read more...]

Publix Recalls Asian Mix for Undeclared Peanuts


Publix Super Markets is recalling Publix Asian Mix because it contains peanuts, one of the major food allergens, that is not declared on the label. Anyone with an allergy to peanuts could have a life-threatening reaction if they eat this product. No cases of illness have been reported to date. The recalled product is Publix Asian Mix. It was distributed to all Publix retail locations in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, and North Carolina. It is sold in 14 ounce clamshell containers in the Publix produce department. The UPC number is 41415-20286. The recalled products have sell-by dates between 01/03/15 and 02/03/15. Publix discovered the problem during in-house testing from the ingredient supplier. If you purchased this product and are allergic to peanuts, do not … [Read more...]

Saba Shark Cartilage Recalled for Possible Salmonella Contamination


AMS Health Sciences is recalling 2014 bottles of Saba Shark Cartilage Complex because it may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. No illnesses or complaints have been reported to the company to date. The recalled product is Saba Shark Cartilage Complex in black screw-top bottles with the brand name "saba" in red letters, the product name "shark cartilage complex" in white letters, and a net quantity statement of "500 mg 60 capsules" in small white letters. The lot number is 416349 and the expiration date is 08/16, printed in black letters inside a white rectangle. The product was sold to consumers through Saba for Life internet site from February to August 2014. One bottle from this lot of the product tested positive for Salmonella bacteria. Symptoms of a Salmonella infection … [Read more...]

Oasis Recalls Cheese for Listeria Monocytogenes; Illnesses Reported

Oasis Lacteos Santa Martha Cheese Listeria Recall

Oasis Brands of Miami, Florida is recalling some lots of Lacteos Santa Martha cheese products because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. FDA is investigating illnesses associated with the consumption of this product. There is no word on how many people may be sick. The recall is the result of sampling by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and subsequent FDA environmental samples that revealed the presence of the bacteria. The company stopped production and distribution of the product. You can see the long list of recalled cheeses at the FDA web site along with the associated UPC numbers. They include Queso Fresco, Quesito Casero, Crema Guatemalteca, Mantequilla Hondurena, and Crema Cuzcitian, among others. You can also see pictures of the product … [Read more...]

New Hope Mills Pancake Mix Recalled for Undeclared Soy

New Hope Mills Pancake Mix Recall

New Hope Mills of New York is recalling all of their Gluten Free Chia Pancake and Waffle Mix because it may contain undeclared soy, one of the major food allergens. People with an allergy to soy could have a serious allergic reaction if they eat this product. No illnesses have been reported to date. The recalled product is New Hope Mills Gluten Free Chia Pancake and Waffle Mix in a 16 ounce bag in a boxboard box. The box is red and white. The UPC number is 07470353012. The recalled products have these "best by" dates on the bottom: 11/13/2014, 11/14/2014, 2/26/2015, 7/29/2015, 10/4/2015, and 12/13/2015. The product was sold in New York, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, and Florida. If you purchased this product and are allergic to soy, do not eat it. Throw it away or return to … [Read more...]

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