December 18, 2014

Third Annual FDA Reportable Food Registry Released

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The FDA has released its third annual Reportable Food Registry, which identifies patterns of adulteration and targets inspection resources. It also provides early warning on problems and public health risks from reportable foods from September 2011 to September 2012. A reportable food is "an article of food/feed for which there is a reasonable probability that the use of, or exposure to, such article of food will cause serious adverse health consequences or death to humans or animals." There are four data elements that are an important part of the report: the reasons the food has been determined to be reportable, such as pathogenic bacteria; a description of the root cause of the reportable food to identify how the problem occurred; a brief description of corrective actions taken to … [Read more...]

ExpertRECALL Quarterly Index Released

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ExpertRECALL has released its quarterly index about food and product recalls in this country. They found that 73.4% of food recalls documented by the FDA were from companies who already had two or more recalls. One hundred thirty-three companies had recalls in this time period, affecting 9.7 million units of products. Many times, the multiple recalls occur because of an ingredient that is used in more than one product. Mike Rozembaigier, Vice President of Stericycle ExpertRECALL said, "the ongoing trend of multiple product recalls can complicate the logistics of a recall, making it harder for companies to communicate to consumers and maintain trust in their brand." The Index includes data from the USDA for the first time. That agency issues recalls of meat, poultry, and egg products. … [Read more...]

Reed and Barton Recall Baby Utensils for Choking Hazard

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Reed and Barton is recalling about 4,000 baby forks and spoons because the pink coloring on the bunny's ears can come off. This poses choking and ingestion hazards. No injuries have been reported to date, although one consumer reported that the pink coloring came off the flatware. The flatware is from the Gingham Bunny Flatware Collection. It is sold as the infant feeding spoon, in a fork and spoon set, and in a three piece set which is comprised of the feeding spoon with a bib and bowl. The flatware is nickel-plated silver with a bunny on the end of the handle. The utensils were sold at Reed and Barton factory stores and gift shops throughout the United States and online from September 2012 through January 2013. If you purchased these items, do not use them. Call Reed and Barton at … [Read more...]

Fourth Quarter 2012 FDA Recalls Highest Number in Two Years

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Stericycle ExpertRECALL has just issued its report for the level of recall activity in the fourth quarter of 2012. According to the Index, the 552 food recalls issued in the last three months of 2012 works out to an average of six per day. The recalls affected 18.4 million products, more than double the amount affected in the third quarter. Mike Rozembajgier, vice president of recalls at Stericycle, said, "right before FDA's announcement of two major requirements proposed under the Food Safety Modernization Act, the agency documented 552 food recalls, representing a 33 percent increase over the previous quarter and reaching the highest level of recall activity in more than two years. As the agency continues to shift its focus toward prevention rather than simply reacting to foodborne … [Read more...]

Food Recalls Up Sharply in Third Quarter of 2012

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Stericycle's ExpertRecall.com keeps track of recalls documented by the Food and Drug Administration. This week they released their quarterly report, which states that food recalls increased 57% in the third quarter of the year, reaching the highest level in the last 10 quarters and 2.5 times the number of recalls in the second quarter. Recalls were issued at an average rate of four per day. There were 414 separate incidents in the months of July, August, and September 2012, with more than one event coming from almost 25% of the companies that had a recall. Of the recalls in this last quarter, 56% were listed as Class I, which means the products have "reasonable probability that the use of or exposure to a violative product will cause serious adverse health consequences or death." … [Read more...]

Eco Health Recalls Products for Possible Salmonella

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Eco Health Inc. of California is recalling its Prebiotic Formula in powdered form because it may be contaminated with Salmonella. The formula was marketed under the name florAlign PREBIOTIC FORMULA. The products being recalled include: 60 units of the 90 gram container, with UPC number FA02-90GM. Also 40 units of the 180 gram container are recalled, with UPC number FA02-180GM, and 174 units of the 270 gram container, with UPC number FA02-180GM. The product is a berry flavored powder in a white plastic screw off container with a scooper. You can see the product labels at the FDA site. The powder was distributed by Eco-Health Inc. and has this address on the label: 25876 The Old Road #158, ¬†Newhall, CA 91321. The dates of distribution are June 2011 to August 2012. No illnesses have … [Read more...]

ExpertRECALL Data Shows Food Recalls Increased 19% in 2Q 2012

Recalls

ExpertRECALL has released its findings for food and product recalls for the second quarter of 2012. The data shows that recalls have increased by 19% in the second quarter when compared to the first quarter of the year. The recalled products included sub sandwiches, peanut butter, romaine lettuce, and juice. Undeclared allergens are the primary cause of recalls, accounting for 40% of all food recalls. Salmonella¬†contamination was the second leading cause of recalls, followed by Listeria, Clostridium botulinum, and E. coli. Recalls in the second quarter were initiated by 156 companies, with twelve companies announcing more than one recall. Thirty-four of the recalls were nationwide; the others were confined to states or certain cities. ¬†Former FDA Senior Recall Coordinator Willie … [Read more...]

Petco Recalling Stainless Steel Bowls for Radioactivity

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Pegtco is recalling stainless steel pet food bowls because they contain small quantities of Cobalt-60, a radioactive material. A foreign supplier used steel containing the material. The radioactive levels in the affected products are far below State and Federal regulatory limits, according to Petco. There is no health risk to the public or to pets. In fact, the Illinois state government tested the bowls and found that "as a reference of relative risk of these items, a person who holds one of the bowls against their chest for 160 hours, roughly six and a half days, would receive a dose equivalent to a single chest x-ray." The products were in two cargo containers that entered the country in late May and early June. The problem was discovered by Customs and Border Protection agents during … [Read more...]

FDA Needs Better Way To Tell Consumers About Food Recalls, Says GAO

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When a food safety issue requires a recall, delivering fast, accurate information to consumers can limit the spread of illness and in some cases, save lives. But quickly disseminating recall information to consumers is not a strong suit of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), one of the federal agencies charged with protecting our nation's food supply, according to Government Accountability Office (GAO). "FDA faces a number of communication challenges when advising the public about food recalls or outbreaks of foodborne illness, ranging from balancing technical accuracy with timeliness of communications to coordinating messages with other agencies to meeting the needs of diverse public audiences. The agency has taken steps to begin meeting these challenges but has yet to fully … [Read more...]

Cass-Clay Creamery Recalls Ice Cream for Undeclared Allergens

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Cass-Clay Creamery of North Dakota is recalling some varieties of ice cream because they may contain undeclared Brazil nuts, peanut oil, and soy lecithin. Tree nuts such as Brazil nuts are one of the major food allergens. Peanuts are another allergen, and so is soy. The flavors recalled for Brazil nuts are Cass-Clay Maple Nut ice Cream in one gallon containers (3.78 liters) with UPC number 70422-03404; Cass-Clay Premium Light Maple Nut Ice cream in one gallon containers with UPC number 70422-23404; and Hornbacher's Maple Nut Ice Cream in half-gallon containers (1.89 liters) with UPC number 41130-21666. Cass-Clay Premium Light Double Chocolate Fudge Ice cream, in half-gallon containers, UPC number 70422-24061 is being recalled for undeclared peanut oil and soy lecithin. Anyone with an … [Read more...]

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