March 29, 2015

Increase in Recalled Food Units in Fourth Quarter 2013


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


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...]

Third Annual FDA Reportable Food Registry Released


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


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


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


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


Stericycle's 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

Salmonella bacteria

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


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


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...]

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