January 26, 2015

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...]

Minnesota E. coli Lawsuit Addresses 2014 Applebee’s Outbreak

MN Applebees Lawsuit

The Minnesota Department of Health investigated an E. coli O111 outbreak in 2014 that led to a lawsuit against Apple Minnesota, LLC d/b/a Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar. State epidemiologists traced the mid-summer outbreak to food served at Applebee's restaurants, then narrowed their focus to whole head green cabbage, an ingredient in Oriental Chicken Salad. From there, the FDA took over the investigation but no results have been published by the agency as to the origin of the tainted cabbage or the source of contamination. The initial Minnesota Health press release on July 14 discussed 13 cases that were under review, but officials later upped the number of Minnesotans sickened in the outbreak to 15. The illnesses were confirmed between June 24 and July 10 and four of the … [Read more...]

Undeclared Allergens the Leading Source of USDA Recalls for 5th Straight Year


Undeclared allergens were the leading cause of USDA recalls in 2014, the fifth straight year that they have held the title. Of the 94 recalls, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued last year, 43 were for undeclared allergens. In its breakdown of sources for recalls, the USDA groups all undeclared allergens together, whereas bacterial sources of recalls, such as E.coli, Salmonella and Listeria are listed separately along. Other categories include: extraneous material, processing defect, undeclared substance and other. These USDA considers the wheat, soy, eggs, milk, peanuts, shellfish, tree nuts, soybeans and fish "the big eight" allergens. About 2 percent of adults and 5 percent of children have allergies.  Those with severe allergies experience anaphylactic shock with … [Read more...]

Queseria Bendita Cheese Listeria Outbreak Highlights Past Recalls


The current outbreak of listeriosis linked to recalled Queseria Bendita soft cheeses is a reminder that these types of foods have often been recalled for Listeria monocytogenes contamination in the past. In the current outbreak, three people in Washington state have been sickened and one person has died. Over the past three years, there have been at least 25 recalls of soft cheese for Listeria monocytogenes in the U.S. and 9 recalls in Canada for the same reason. And there have been recalls of hard cheeses for Listeria too. Cheese is particularly vulnerable to Listeria contamination for a few reasons. Any cheese, whether hard or soft, made with raw or unpasteurized milk has a much higher risk of contamination, since Listeria bacteria are present in the farm environment. In fact, … [Read more...]

Jewel Sandwich Rolls and Gonnella Sub Buns Recalled for Undeclared Milk

Jewel Sandwich Buns Milk Recall

Gonnella Baking Company of Illinois is recalling sandwich rolls and sub buns for undeclared milk, one of the major food allergens. Anyone with an allergy to milk could have a serious allergic reaction if they consume these products. No illnesses have been reported to date. The recalled items are Jewel brand Gourmet Sandwich Rolls in 20 ounce clear plastic bags. The product code is 11563 and "best buy" dates are through 1-25-2015. Also recalled are Gonnella brand Sub Buns in 20 ounce clear plastic bags, with product code 15840 and the same "best buy" dates. They were distributed to retail grocery stores in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana between 12-9-2014 and 1-20-2015. The problem was discovered during a routine internal labeling audit. You can see pictures of the recalled product … [Read more...]

USDA New Measures to Reduce Contamination in Poultry


Yesterday, the USDA proposed new federal standards to reduce Salmonella and Campylobacter contamination in ground chicken, ground turkey, and raw chicken breasts, legs, and wings. These standards are part of FSIS' Salmonella Action Plan that was launched in December 2013. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said, "Today, we are taking specific aim at making the poultry items that Americans most often purchase safer to eat. This is a meaningful, targeted step that could prevent tens of thousands of illnesses each year." According to Consumer's Union, 71% of store-bought chicken is contaminated with pathogenic bacteria. And 8% of those products are contaminated with both Campylobacter and Salmonella. Government studies have found that 25% of cut up chicken, and about 50% of ground … [Read more...]

Chorizo Products Recalled for Undeclared Peanuts

Chorizo Peanut Allergen Recall

The recall of cumin and spice products for undeclared peanuts has prompted a slew of secondary recalls of products that were made with those spices. Buffalo Provisions of New York is recalling 48,210 pounds of chorizo because they were made with cumin that has been recalled for undeclared peanuts. No illnesses or adverse reactions have been reported to date. You can see the long list of recalled products, along with sizes and sell by dates, at the USDA web site. They include Brooklyn Cured Chicken Chorizo, La Centro Americana Chorizo Salvadoreno, El Casero Mexican Longaniza, El Casero Chorizo Poblano, El Casero Spanish Chorizo, El Casero Chorizo Ecuadoriano, El Casero Chorizo Jalapeño, and others. They all have the establishment number "EST. 4312" or "P-4312" inside the USDA mark of … [Read more...]

Dietary Supplements Aren’t FDA Approved


For those trying to make good on New Year's resolutions to lose weight with the help of dietary supplements, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has some advice: beware. The FDA doesn’t evaluate supplements before they enter the market. Manufacturers are responsible for ensuring that their products are safe. Unfortunately, not all of them do. In fact, many of these products contain undeclared ingredients that pose health hazards for those with certain medical conditions and interfere with prescription medications. Others have been found to contain banned drugs such as sibutramine, an ingredient in an FDA-approved drug called Meridia, which was removed from the market in October 2010 after being linked to  heart problems and strokes. The FDA has received dozens of reports … [Read more...]

Sabor Latino Beef and Chicken Products Recalled for Undeclared Peanut

Sabor Latino Chicken Peanut Recall

Sentry Food Solutions of Georgia is recalling 14,130 pounds of chicken and beef products because they may contain undeclared peanut, one of the major food allergens, not listed on the label. Those with an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanut could have a serious allergic reaction if they eat these products. No illnesses have been reported to date. The recalled products are 7,770 pounds of 3 bags of 5 pounds in 15 pound cases of "Sabor Latino Pepper Steak" with packaging codes "11/24/15, 11/26/15, 12/3/15, 12/9/15, 12/12/15, 12/16/15, 1/6/15 or 1/7/16”. Also recalled is 2,160 pounds of 3 bags of 5 pounds in 15 pound cases of "Sabor Latino Beef & Potato Stew with packaging codes “11/24/15, 12/5/15 or 12/10/15”. Then, 2,160 pounds of three bags of five pounds in 15 pound cases of … [Read more...]

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