November 28, 2015

Recalls of Organic Foods and All Foods on the Rise

According to a new report from Stericycle, recalls of organic foods for microbial reasons has increased in the past year. In fact, recalls of all foods is up significantly from the first quarter of 2015. That company analyzed data from the FDA and USDA for their study. According to the USDA, 70% of consumers think that food is safer or of high quality if it is labeled organic. But organic food is just as susceptible to bacterial contamination as conventionally grown food. There were 178 FDA food recalls in the second quarter of 2015, which is an increase of 47% from the previous quarter. Sixty-two percent of those recalls were for bacterial contamination, mostly for Salmonella and Listeria. Vegetables were 61% of the recall activity. Foods recalled by the USDA, which include meat, … [Read more...]

FDA Publishes Draft Guidance on Mandatory Recall Authority

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published draft guidance for industry on mandatory food recall authority. The draft contains nonbonding recommendations. The mandatory food recall provisions are part of the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 (FSMA). Section 423 of the FD&C Act gives authority to the government to order a responsible party to recall food when FDA determines there is a reasonable probability that the food is adulterated or misbranded, and that use of the food will cause serious adverse health consequences or death to humans or animals. Before FSMA was enacted, FDA had to rely on corporations to voluntarily recall food products. This authority lets FDA force a recall when the responsible party chooses not to conduct a voluntary recall. The items that fall … [Read more...]

Fourth Quarter 2014 Recall Results

According to Stericycle, products recalled by the FDA were down, although units recalled were up, and the USDA recalls were the highest since Q1 2012. The company keeps track of food recalled in the U.S. for allergens, foreign material contamination, and bacterial contamination. The FDA recalls numbered 105 in the last three months of 2014, which is the lowest number all year. But 13.8 million units of product were recalled, which is a 142% increase from the third quarter. Undeclared allergens were the main reason for recall, at 50% of the total number. Manufacturers need to be more aware of ingredients sources and the supply chain to keep track of these ingredients. USDA issued 31 recalls for meat, poultry, and processed egg products, which is an increase of 48% from the third … [Read more...]

USDA Recalls Increased in 2014

The number of food recalls issued by USDA-FSIS increased in 2014 over previous years. Ninety-four recalls were issued, compared to 75 in 2013. Pounds of food recalled also increased, from 13.1 million pounds in 2013 to 18.7 million pounds in 2014. USDA oversees the safety of meat, poultry, seafood, and egg products. But there were fewer recalls overall for pathogenic bacteria and more recalls for undeclared food allergens and labeling issues. Most recalls were for undeclared allergens (6.15 million) and "other" reasons (9.64 million). The "other" reasons were lack of inspection, labeling problems, or failure to present import inspection paperwork. Most of the recalls last year were Class I. The government defines that class as "a health hazard situation in which there is a reasonable … [Read more...]

Undeclared Allergens the Leading Cause of FDA Recalls

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is using a three-pronged approach to reduce the number of leading cause of food recalls it requests: undeclared allergens.  Ingredients such milk, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, wheat, peanuts, and soybeans cause serious, sometime life-threatening reactions for those with allergies. The agency says that by researching the source of labeling errors; working with industry to develop best practices; and exploring new allergen testing methods it can improve the labeling process and minimize the problem. All food regulated by the FDA is required by federal law to have labeling that identifies major food allergens. Products that don't  are considered misbranded and can be seized by FDA, but most companies recall such food products … [Read more...]

In Canada, Ground Chicken Products Recalled for E. coli O157:H7

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Missing Link Extraordinary Sausage are recalling frozen, raw, ground chicken products for possible E. coli O157:H7 contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled products. There have been four reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products. The recalled products were sold in Alberta at the retail level. They are all Missing Link Extraordinary Sausage brand products with variable UPC numbers. They were all sold between July 14, 2014 and October 3, 2014, inclusively. They include Garlic, Garlic, & More Garlic Chicken Sausage in 454 gram packages; Garlic, Garlic, & More Garlic Chicken Sausage in 227 gram packages; Garlic, Garlic, & More Garlic Chicken Burgers in 340 gram packages, and Garlic, Garlic, & … [Read more...]

Class I Food Recalls from FDA’s April 9 Enforcement Report

These are the Class I recalls from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's April 9 Enforcement Report. Class I recalls are for foods that could cause serious harm if ingested. Butter Creek Farms of Kent, WA is recalling a number of Cow Chip brand cookies sold via the Internet. The cookies are being recalled because they contain undeclared allergens. Consumers with allergies to peanuts, wheat, soy or eggs who have purchased they cookies should carefully check the recall information by clicking the link above. People with such food allergies should not eat these cookies as the run the risk of allergic reaction if they do. Cow chip brand Mock Baby Ruth, Nutty Calf Chip, Nutty Cow Chip, Nutty Bull Chip and White Macadamia Nut cookies have undeclared peanut, egg, wheat, soy, wheat, and … [Read more...]

FDA Proposes Rule for Grocery Store Food Recall Notices

The FDA has issued advanced notice of proposed rulemaking to seek public input on part of the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011. The FDA may require manufacturers and distributors to submit "consumer-oriented" information when a recall is issued that will help consumers accurately identify whether they have the food that has been recalled. The FDA will then prepare and publish on their website a one-page summary of the information to be printed by grocery stores and displayed. The summary must be displayed prominently within 24 hours after it is published in the web site. The FDA wants input on the content of the consumer-oriented information, when it will be required, the formats required, and how updates will be handled. They also want to define "grocery store", and how the … [Read more...]

FDA Class I Recalls for March 26, 2014

The FDA Enforcement Report for the week of March 26, 2014 lists Class I recalls that are not reported individually to the public. These are recalls of foods that could cause serious illness if consumed. Purely Pomegranate, Inc. is recalling GOKNUR Organic Frozen/IQF Pomegranate Arils (seeds) because they may be contaminated with the Hepatitis A virus. The lot code is 21-15-13-2-1-O, with production date 17.10.2012, crop year 2012 and carton number 8721. Gretchen's Shoebox Express is recalling Starbuck's brand Greek Yogurt Raspberry & Lemon Parfait in 6.1 ounce single serve plastic cups for undeclared egg. The use by date is "Enjoy by 03/05", which represents March 5, 2014. The UPC number is 6211198649. And All American Seasonings is recalling White cheddar jalapeño seasoning … [Read more...]

FDA Class I Recalls for Week of 3/17/14

These are the FDA Class I recalls for the weke of March 17, 2014. These are recalls that could cause serious health problems, but that were not reported individually by the FDA. Pecan Shed recalled several items, for the presence of soy, milk, and pecans, three of the major food allergens, that were not declared on the label. The products have no lot codes or expiration dates. The fudge expires in two weeks unless it's frozen. If it's frozen, it expires in 2 years. The recalled items include Chocolate Pecan Fudge, Plain Chocolate Fudge, Butter Pecan Fudge, Pecan Shed Special Turtle Fudge, Maple Nut with Pecans Fudge, Dark Chocolate with Pecans Fudge, Tiger Fudge, Chocolate Mint Fudge, Pumpkin Pie Fudge, Pumpkin Pie with Pecans Fudge, Divinity with Pecans Fudge, Sucrose Free Chocolate … [Read more...]

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