June 26, 2016

Sunflower Seed Listeria Recall Roundup

Updated June 25, 2016.  A May 4 sunflower seed Listeria recall by SunOpta has triggered a cascade of others.  Here is a roundup of the Listeria recalls for sunflower seeds or products containing them. There is now a listeriosis outbreak; at least two people are sick. First Source sunflower seed products are associated with this outbreak. Consumers should check product information carefully as Listeria can cause serious illness and death. Symptoms of an infection, which can take up to 70 days to develop, include high fever, muscle aches, neck stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Among pregnant women, Listeria infections can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery and infection in newborns. Others at heightened risk are young children, seniors and those with … [Read more...]

Atlantic Spice Recalls Sunflower Seeds, Snack Mixes for Listeria

Atlantic Spice Company Inc. of North Truro, MA has issued a recall for 16 ounce packages of Sunflower Seeds Roasted Salted, Tropical Mix and Cranberry Health Mix snacks because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The recall was issued after the sunflower seed supplier, SunOpta, issued a recall. At the time of the recall, no illnesses had been reported. However, consumers who have purchased these products should not eat them as Listeria can cause serious illness and death. The recalled snacks were distributed at the Atlantic Spice retail store and nationally through mail orders. They were packaged in 16 ounce, clear plastic package marked with the numbers 15 and 11 at the top right and the following product code and lost numbers: Product #746 Sunflower Seeds Roasted … [Read more...]

Weekly Food Recall Roundup: June 19, 2016

This week's recalls include expansions of secondary Listeria recalls linked to SunOpta sunflower seeds, a new frozen vegetable Listeria recall, recalls for undeclared allergens and extraneous materials. Symptoms of a Listeria infection can take as long as 70 days to develop and include: high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Among pregnant women, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and sti Food Recalls in the U.S. Pathogens Green Cuisine has issued a recall for “Pesto Pasta Salad with Arugula” because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The company issued the recall after being notified by its supplier, Green Cuisine is issuing this voluntary recall after being notified by their supplier, National … [Read more...]

HelloFresh Frozen Peas Recalled for Listeria

HelloFresh of New York, N.Y. is recalling frozen peas that may be contaminated with Listeria. The recall was issued after the company was notified by a supplier that the peas may be contaminated. Consumers who have purchased HelloFresh meals containing these peas should not eat them. The peas were included in HelloFresh recipe kits delivered the week of June 11-15, 2016 and the weeks of March 12-25, 2016. The were delivered by a third-party delivery service in Colorado, New Mexico, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Florida, and Georgia, as part of the following meals:  "Summer Vegetable Salad with Seared Chicken, Garlic Croutons, and Mustard-Chive Vinaigrette" … [Read more...]

Zupan’s Recalls Macaroni Salad with Cheddar Cheese for Listeria

Zupan's Markets has issued a recall for Macaroni Salad with Cheddar Cheese because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Consumers who have purchased this product should not eat it as Listeria can cause serious illness and death. The recalled Macaroni Cheddar Cheese Salad is packaged in a plastic bag, 5 lb. net weight,  item #23070 and UPC 8 87241 80712 0. It was distributed to four Zupan's Markets locations in Portland and Lake Oswego, Oregon between 04/09/16 and 06/14/16. It was sold in the service deli salad case, sized to order, and available in prepacked round plastic containers (8, 12 & 16 oz.) in the Grab & Go area. (The scale label on bottom of the product container reads "Macaroni Salad with Cheddar Cheese" with code 394.) The recall … [Read more...]

Food Safety Issues Prompt FDA Warning Letter to Whole Foods North Atlantic Kitchen

Food safety violations at the Whole Foods North Atlantic Kitchen in Everett, Mass. are serious enough that food made there is considered adulterated, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration told the company in a warning letter dated June 8, 2016. Among the agency's finding at the facility was a positive tests for non-pathogenic Listeria on food contact surfaces.  The finding shows conditions inside the facility would support the presence and growth of Listeria monocytogenes, a pathogen, the agency said. Under the Food and Drug Act, foods are considered adulterated if they "were prepared, packed, or held under insanitary conditions whereby they may have been contaminated with filth or rendered injurious to health." In addition to finding non-pathogenic Listeria, the agency found: food was … [Read more...]

Before Listeria Outbreak, CRF Uncooperative with FDA, Documents Show

Updated June 15 Before being linked to a multistate Listeria outbreak that includes eight illnesses and two deaths, CRF Frozen Foods was reluctant to cooperate with inspectors from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and was advised of legal sanctions available to the agency if the firm did not correct serious deficiencies, documents released this week by the agency reveal. On April 23, CRF Frozen Foods issued a recall of 11 frozen vegetables for possible Listeria contamination. On May 2, 2016, CRF expanded the recall to include all organic and traditional frozen vegetable and fruit products processed in its Pasco, Washington facility since May 1, 2014. The expanded recall, includes 358 consumer products sold under 42 separate brands. On May 3, the company was linked to a … [Read more...]

Listeria Recall for Sunflower Seeds, Snack Mixes Sold at Sporting Goods Stores

Rucker’s Wholesale and Service Co of Bridgeport, IL has issued a recall for sunflower seeds and snack mixes sold under a variety of bran names at sporting goods stores and other retailers. The recall was triggered by the company's sunflower seed provider, SunOpta. Sunflower Kernels, Sweet & Salty Mix, and Cajun Hot Mix were sold at Bass Pro Shops, Cabela's, Family Choice, Jay's Sporting Goods and other stores. Consumers should check product recall information carefully. Anyone who has purchased these products should not eat them at Listeria can cause serious illness and death. Symptoms of a Listeria infection include high fever, severe headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Among pregnant women, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths. … [Read more...]

Two Listeria Illnesses may be linked to Recalled Sunflower Seed Products

At least two illnesses have been linked to recalled sunflower seed products, according a recall by First Source of Tonawanda, NY. The First Source recall expansion was triggered by a Listeria recall from its sunflower seed supplier, SunOpta which has not posted information about illnesses on its website. The recalled sunflower seeds and snack mix products were sold under a variety of brand names including Alpine Valley, Earth Fare, Flave, Gonzo, Foodhols, SSP, Stewarts, Tops and Wegmans. They were sold between June 4, 2015 and May 31, 2016 at retail stores in the following states:  IN, LA, MA, MD, MI, NJ, NY, OH, PA, VA, WV & SC. Consumers who have purchased this type of product from these stores should check product recall information carefully by clicking the preceding link. … [Read more...]

Weekly Food Recall Roundup: June 5, 2016

This week's food recalls included a General Mills recall of 10 million pounds of flour for E. coli that was triggered by a 20-state E. coli outbreak; the expansion of SunOpta's sunflower seed recall for Listeria which triggered a number of secondary recalls and a number of recalls for foods with undeclared allergens. Food Recalls in the U.S. Pathogens The Meadow Gold Dairy plant in Boise is recalling Meadow Gold brand Old Style Whipping Cream and Meadow Gold Dairy Pure brand Whipping Cream and Half and Half due to insufficient pasteurization. Because of this problem, it is possible that the products could be contaminated with pathogens present in raw milk, including Salmonella, Campylobacter, Listeria or E. coli. An E. coli outbreak that has sickened 38 people in 20 states has … [Read more...]

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