November 22, 2014

Undeclared Allergens the Leading Cause of FDA Recalls

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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

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These are the Class I recalls from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's  April 9 Enforcement Report. 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 milk. Cow Chip , Calf Chip , Bull Chip, Peanut Butter, M&M … [Read more...]

FDA Proposes Rule for Grocery Store Food Recall Notices

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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

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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

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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...]

FDA Class I Recalls for March 12, 2014

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We are going to start reporting on the FDA Enforcement Reports that are issued every week. These are  several Class I recalls that are not individually reported.  Class I recalls are "a situation in which there is a reasonable probability that the use of or exposure to a violative product will cause serious adverse health consequences or death," according to the agency. Dark Meat Fajita School Lunch #3 is being recalled for possible Salmonella contamination. The product is by Pepper Source Limited. An ingredient used to manufacture the product tested positive for Salmonella. The lot numbers include 020401, 020402, 020403, 020404, 020405, 020406, 020407, 020408, 020409, 020410, 020411, 020412 (611 bags, manufactured on 1/20/14), and lot numbers 022401, 022402, 022403 (152 bags, … [Read more...]

Questions About USDA’s Import Inspection Program

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Food and Water Watch is questioning the USDA's import inspection program after lapses allowed problematic food into the country. Wenonah Hauter, executive director of the agency, sent a letter to USDA SEcretary Tom Vilsack, "pointing to six specific incidents where imported product was ether recalled or entered into U.S. without proper inspection. In some of these cases, the problem was not discovered until U.S. consumers had already consumed most of the product." The problems are apparently in the new inspection information technology system called the Public Health Information System (PHIS). Food safety experts say that there are problems with PHIS for both domestic and imported food inspections. PHIS went into operation on May 29, 2012. The incidents include recalls on February … [Read more...]

Increase in Recalled Food Units in Fourth Quarter 2013

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According to Stericycle ExpertRecall, the number of food units recalled in the fourth quarter 2013 in the U.S. increased by 52%. More than 10.6 million units of food were recalled in the last three months of 2013, in comparison with 6.9 million units in the third quarter. The report was issued February 29, 2014. At the same time, the 134 food recalls in that time frame were down 47% from the third quarter. That means each recall was for a much larger amount of food, which most likely affected more people. Three recalls in the fourth quarter involved more than 1 million food units. In addition, there was a large increase in complex, nationwide recalls. In the third quarter, just 12% were nationwide recalls, but in the fourth quarter that number jumped to 27%. In the fourth quarter, … [Read more...]

Auditor General Critical of Canada’s Food Recall Procedures

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Canada's Auditor General is critical of that country's food recall procedures. In the 2013 Fall Report, several areas that need improvement were listed. While the first three steps in the recall process, which includes identifying the issue, conducting an investigation, and making decisions worked well, follow-up activities were criticized. Chapter 4 of the report details the investigation of Canada's Food Recall System. The CFIA didn't have documentation it must collect to make sure that firms properly dispose of recall products or take action to identify and correct the underlying cause of the recall issue. In addition, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's emergency procedures were not finalized or regularly tested. When the emergency response pan is activated, changes in governance … [Read more...]

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