July 30, 2016

High Lead Levels Lead to Two Spice Recalls

Turmeric is a spice that can provide many health benefits. But this golden spice can also have high levels of lead. Two recalls from the New York Department of Agriculture and Markets highlight this issue. No illnesses have been reported to date, but lead can cause long-term serious health problems, including cancer, developmental defects, learning disorders, and brain damage. First, Blue Mountain brand Jamaican Curry Powder is being recalled for elevated levels of lead. The product is packaged in a 6 ounce glass jar with a UPC number 09349-19906. The code on the curry powder is B/B 06/03/19 OPC LOT #060116 on the bottom of the container. This product was sold throughout the United States. Second, Gel Spice, Inc. is recalling Fresh Finds Ground Turmeric for elevated lead levels. … [Read more...]

Two E. coli Outbreaks in NH and CO and Two Recalls: Coincidence?

Something unusual happened this week. The USDA posted two recalls for beef products on the same day, recalled for E. coli O157:H7. And in those recall notices there was information that the products had been linked, or possibly linked, to two E. coli O157:H7 outbreaks; one in New Hampshire and one in Colorado. The first recall was for more than 8,000 pounds of PT Farm raw beef products that were produced in June 2016. The illness cluster associated with this recall has sickened at least 14 people in New Hampshire. Traceback for 8 case-patients who were interviewed as a result of their illnesses "led back to a single day of production at PT Farm," according to the USDA release. There is a link between beef products from PT Farm and this illness cluster. The second recall was for … [Read more...]

Meijer Recalls Salads and Sandwiches for Possible Salmonella

Meijer is recalling some fresh salads and sandwiches because they may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. These products were sold in Meijer stores from July 20, 2016 to July 25, 2016. No illnesses have been reported in connection with the consumption of these products. The salads and sandwiches contain a cooked egg ingredient sourced from Prime Foods. Prime Foods notified Meijer of a positive Salmonella test of its product. The recalled items are all Meijer brand. They are Macaroni Salad in 1 pound containers, with UPC number 0-41250-16058-8, Macaroni Salad in 3 pound packages with UPC number0-41250-16060-1, and Meijer Egg Salad Spread in 12 ounce containers with UPC number 7-08820-62022-3. Also recalled are Potato Salad Amish in 1 pound containers with UPC … [Read more...]

General Mills E. coli Flour Recall Roundup

The E. coli O121 and O26 outbreak linked to recalled General Mills flour has many people concerned. Since flour is such a ubiquitous product, any kitchen in the country could contain some flour that has been recalled. We have gathered all of the General Mills flour recalls and secondary recalls here so you can have one resource to make sure your kitchen is safe. We will keep this list updated. The first recall was issued on May 31, 2016. These are the products that were recalled at that time: Wondra flour was sold in 13.5 ounce containers with UPC 000-16000-18980 number and Better if Used by Dates 25FEB2017 thru 30MAR2017. The recalled Gold Medal All Purpose flour was sold in 2-pound packages with the UPC number 000-16000-10710 and  Better if Used by Dates 25MAY2017KC thru … [Read more...]

Ranch Foods Beef Recall Associated with CO E. coli Outbreak

Good Food Concepts, doing business as Ranch Foods Direct in Colorado, is recalling 2,606 pounds of raw beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 bacteria. These products are possibly linked to an E. coli outbreak in Colorado. FSIS was notified of an E. coli O157:H7 illness possibly associated with ground beef consumption on July 14, 2016. The USDA worked with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the El Paso County Public Health Department to determine that there is a possible link between the products from Ranch Foods Direct and this illness. FSIS found E. coli O157:H7 in ground beef products originating from Ranch Foods Direct on July 25, 2016 through laboratory testing and traceback investigation. FSIS is working with those departments in … [Read more...]

Food Recall Roundup for July 24, 2016

The Food Recall Roundup for July 24, 2016 includes lots of recalls for allergies, some for foreign material, and others for Listeria monocytogenes. It also includes a product recall for too much lead, a heavy metal toxin. Recalls Weis recalled 30 bakery products on July 22, 2016 because they may have small metal fragments in the sugar topping used on the products. House of Smoke recalled Wild Boar Brotwurst products on July 22, 2016 because they exceeded the regulatory levels of nitrites. Kitchen Cravings recalled Strawberry and Mixed Berry Parfaits sold at Kwik Trip stores for peanuts, one of the major food allergens, on July 22, 2016. The peanuts were found in a granola mix used in the product. Kapowsin Meats recalled 11,658 pounds of whole roaster hog pork products … [Read more...]

Wild Boar Brotwurst Recalled for Excess Nitrite Levels

House of Smoke is recalling 4,692 pounds of Wild Boar Brotwurst products because they have too much nitrite levels, over the regulatory limit. There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions received to date. The products were produced and packed on various dates from April 27, 2015 to July 12, 2016. These are the lots numbers on the recalled sausages: 517240, 515160, 517160, 518070, 514080, 511380, 518090, 517001, 513211, 512221, 614110, 616210, 614050, 618150, 616060, 613160, 617070, and 612170. The products all have the establishment number "EST. 6273" inside the USDA mark of inspection. The problem was discovered by FSIS personnel during a routine label verification task. If you purchased these products, do not eat them. Throw them away or return them to the place of … [Read more...]

Weis Markets Recalls Bakery Items For Small Metal Fragments

Weis Markets is voluntarily recalling 30 bakery products because they may contain small metal fragments in the sugar topping. The company's supplier recalled the sugar ingredient. These objects may cause minor injuries and irritation of the GI system. There have been no reports of adverse reactions or injuries due to the consumption of these products. The recalled muffins are packaged in a plastic medium container. The loaf bread and cookies are packaged in a plastic hinged container, and the Irish soda bread is packaged in a plastic bag. The sell by date is at the bottom of the scale label attached to the packaging. You can see the long list of recalled products along with the UPC nubmer and the sell by dates at the FDA web site. The recalled items include Gourmet Cranberry … [Read more...]

Hyvee, Our Family, HEB Black Beans Recalled for Foreign Material

Faribault Foods of Faribault, Minnesota is voluntarily recalling some 15 ounce cans of No-Salt-Added Black Beans because they may contain plastic and/or metal pieces. This recall covers one production code. The brand names of the recalled products are, Hyvee No-Salt-Added Black Beans, La Preferida Low Sodium Black Beans (Frijoles Negros Bajo En Sodio), Our Family No-Salt-Added Black Beans, Sprouts No-Salt-Added Black Beans, Mrs. Grimes No-Salt-Added Black Beans, Kuner’s No-Salt-Added Black Beans (Frijoles Negros), and HEB Black No-Salt-Added Beans (Frijol Negro Sin Sal). The production code on the can is "Best By 04 APR 2019 258F2 095 16 XXXX" on the bottom of the can. No other production codes, sizes, or brands of Faribault Foods products are affected by this recall. No injuries … [Read more...]

Bar-S Foods Recalls Hot Dogs & Corn Dogs for Possible Listeria

Bar-S Foods of Oklahoma is recalling 372,684 pounds of chicken and pork hot dog and corn dog products for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. There have been no confirmed reports of illness or adverse reactions due to the consumption of these products, but listeriosis, the illness caused by this bacteria, can take up to 70 days to appear. The recalled products were produced on July 10, 11, 12, and 13 of 2016. They include 16 ounce/1 pound packages of "BAR-S Classic BUN LENGTH Franks MADE WITH CHICKEN, PORK ADDED" with "Use By" date of 10/11/2016 and case code 209; 12 ounce packages of "BAR-S CLASSIC Franks MADE WITH CHICKEN, PORK ADDED" with package code 6338, "Use By" date of 10/10/2016 and case code 6405; and 24 ounce/1.5 pound cartons of "SIGNATURE Pick 5 CORNDOGS – 8 … [Read more...]

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