June 29, 2016

FDA Targets Internet Sales of Illegal Prescription Meds

The FDA, in partnership with international regulatory and law enforcement agencies, took action in June against 4,402 websites that illegally sell potentially dangerous, unapproved prescription drugs to U.S. consumers. The effort, led by INTERPOL, was part of Operation Pangea IX. George Karavetsos, director of the FDA's Office of Criminal Investigations, said, "preventing illegal internet sales of dangerous unapproved drugs is critical to protecting consumers' health. Operation Pangea IX demonstrates the FDA's continuing commitment to stand united with our international partners to protect consumers in the United States and throughout the world from criminals who put profit above the health and safety of consumers." The action ran from May 31 to June 7, 2016. Extensive … [Read more...]

New Research Reduces Salmonella in Meat by 90%

New research conducted at the University of Nevada, Reno in the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources has reduced Salmonella bacteria in meat products by 90%. Assistant Professor Amilton de Mello is using bacteriophages, which are natural predators of the microorganisms. Professor de Mello said, "we were able to reduce Salmonella by as much as 90% in ground poultry, ground pork, and ground beef. We're excited to be able to show such good results. Food safety is an important part of our work and Salmonella is one of the most prevalent bacteria in the nation's food supply." Salmonella food poisoning sickens one million Americans every year, hospitalizes 19,000 and kills almost 400. It is one of the most common causes of food poisoning worldwide. The … [Read more...]

Ikea Dark Chocolate Bars Recalled for Nuts and Milk

Ikea Canada is recalling Ikea brand dark chocolate bars from the marketplace because they may contain tree nuts and milk that are not declared on the label. Anyone who is allergic to those ingredients could have a serious reaction if they eat these products. No reported reactions in Canada have been received to date. The recalled products are CHOKLAD MÖRK Dark chocolate in 100 gram packages, with best before dates up to and including 2017.04.02 and UPC number 1.002.939.27.0003. Also recalled is CHOKLAD MÖRK Dark chocolate 70% in 100 gram packages. The best before dates up to and including 2017.04.02 are recalled, with the UPC number 1.203.080.94.0009. They were sold nationally in Canada at the retail level. If you purchased these products and are allergic to tree nuts and/or … [Read more...]

Trader Giotto’s Caesar Salad Recalled for Undeclared Allergens

Ghiringhelli Specialty Foods is recalling 2,444 pounds of poultry products for mislabeling and undeclared allergens. The product contains soy, wheat, and fish, three of the major food allergens, that are not declared on the label. The salad usually has the statement "May Contain Traces of Shellfish," on the package, which is missing. The salads had the correct label on the top, but have an incorrect back label for "Trader Joe's Chicken & Roast Beet Salad." Anyone who is allergic to wheat, soy, and/or fish could have a serious reaction if they eat this product. No reactions have been reported to date. The recalled product is 9 ounce plastic clamshells with clear lid containing "Trader Giotto's Caesar Salad with Chicken Breast." It was produced on June 22, 2016. It has the plant … [Read more...]

Recall of Frozen Swai Fillets for Lack of Inspection Expanded

U.S. Cado Holdings is recalling 2,235 additional pounds of imported, frozen Swai fillets that were distributed without meeting federal importation requirements. There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to the consumption of these products. The products were imported from Vietnam and were not tested for residue. The original recall on June 20, 2016 was for 25,760 pounds of the product. The expanded recall includes skinless and boneless Delta's Best Basa Swai Fillets that were produced and packaged on March 1, 9, and 16, 2016 in Vietnam by Golden Quality Seafood Corporation. The 15 pound boxes contain individually wrapped pieces of "Skinless and Boneless Swai Fillets" with the label DELTA'S BEST BASA BRAND and lot numbers 023015 and 023021. The best by dates of these … [Read more...]

Food Recall Roundup For June 26, 2016

Here are all of the recalls for the week ending June 26, 2016. Since there have been so many recalls over the past weeks for serious issues, including Listeria monocytogenes and undeclared peanuts, we are gathering the recalls in one place for easy referral. The peanut recalls are secondary, triggered by the discovery at GrainCraft that their flour contained peanut residue. The Listeria recalls are also secondary, triggered by SunOpta sunflower seeds that were recalled, and CRF Frozen Foods frozen vegetables recalled because they may be contaminated with the pathogenic bacteria. Please check your home to see if you have any of these recalled products. If you do, discard them or return them to the store where you bought them for a full refund. The recalls are listed in reverse … [Read more...]

GFS Cheesecakes Recalled for Undeclared Peanut Residue

The Father's Table is recalling 2,099 cases of cheesecakes sold by Gordon Food Service through retail and food service outlets under the GFS® label because Grain Craft, one of their flour suppliers, recalled their product for undeclared peanut residue. The amount of peanut allergen in the product is low, but if someone with a severe peanut allergy eats these products, they could suffer a serious reaction. No allergic reactions have been reported to date. You can see the long list of recalled products at the FDA web site including the UPC numbers, product description, sizes, and package lot codes. The recalled products include Creamy Indulgence NY Style Cheesecake, Triple White Chocolate Cheesecake, Fruit Swirl Variety Cheesecake, Raspberry Lemonade Cheesecake, Sea Salt Caramel … [Read more...]

The Fresh Market Nut Mix Recalled for Undeclared Peanuts and Soy

Creative Snacks is recalling some of their The Fresh Market Smoked TFM Supreme Nut Mix because peanuts and soy, two of the major food allergens, are not declared on the label. A total of 2,604 bags that contain the mix are labeled with another product label, so the ingredient statement is not accurate. No illnesses have been reported. The recalled product, The Fresh Market Smoked TFM Supreme Nut Mix is sold in 12.3 ounce bags. The UPC number is 00737094218386. The label on the bags is for The Fresh Market Lightly Salted TFM Supreme Nut Mix. They were distributed to The Fresh Market only and have a Best Before Date of 01/29/2017. The product was produced on June 3, 2016. If you purchased this product and are allergic to peanuts and/or soy, do not eat it. Throw it away or return it to … [Read more...]

You Can Help Solve Foodborne Illness Outbreaks

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a press release detailing how people can help detect and solve food poisoning outbreaks. Every year, about 1 in 6 Americans (48,000,000 people) get sick from a foodborne illness. While most of these cases are individual, some are part of larger outbreaks. If a large number of people are sick in a given period and area, it's called a cluster. A cluster is an outbreak when investigations reveal that the bacteria that made them sick is the same. The CDC uses epidemiologic, traceback, and environmental investigations to help solve these outbreaks. Finding the source of the outbreaks is critical to ending it and to make sure that more people don't get sick. There are currently several active multistate foodborne illness … [Read more...]

General Mills Recalls Nature Valley Bars for Possible Listeria

General Mills is recalling four flavors of Nature Valley Protein Chewy Bars and Nature Valley Simple Nut Bars for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. This is part of the SunOpta sunflower seed recall that was issued in early May, 2016. There have not been any "direct consumer reports of confirmed illness related to this supplier issue," according to the press release. The recall is for all dates. The release states, "Consumers are asked to check their pantries and dispose of the products affected by this recall, regardless of when they were purchased or what date is on the package." The products recalled are Nature Valley Protein Chewy Bar - Honey, Peanut & Almond with Pumpkin Seeds - 5 count, with UPC number 000-16000-47196. Nature Valley Protein Chewy Bar - Peanut, … [Read more...]

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