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Archives for May 2015

Canadian Risk Assessment Finds GMO Salmon Disease Susceptible

The Center for Food Safety has released information about a risk assessment conducted in Canada that finds GMO salmon are susceptible to disease. The environmental review of AquaBounty Technologies' GE salmon reveals that the Canadian government disagrees with the FDA on key questions about the safety and performance of the salmon. Food & Water Watch, Center for Food Safety, Friends of the Earth, and Consumers Union are calling on the FDA to terminate its ongoing review of GE salmon. The risk assessment finds that GE salmon are more susceptible to a type of disease-causing bacteria than non-GE domesticated salmon. That indicates that the fish will have unique health problems. It also raises concerns about the public health that the FDA has not considered. The report also states … [Read more...]

Instant Coconut Powder Recalled in Canada for Undeclared Milk

Vinh Thuan brand Instant Coconut Powder is being recalled in Canada for undeclared milk, one of the major food allergens. Anyone who is allergic to milk could have a serious reaction if they eat this product. There is no word on whether or not any reactions have been reported to date. The product was sold in Ontario and Quebec. It is Vinh Thuan Instant Coconut Powder in 50 gram packages. All codes were milk is not declared on the label are recalled. The UPC number is 8 934734 422130. If you purchased this product and are allergic to milk do not eat it. Discard or return to the place of purchase for a refund. … [Read more...]

Paleteria La Japita Recalling Ice Cream Bars for Sulfites and Milk

Paleteria La Jalpita of Pasco, Washington is recalling ice cream bars and popsicles because they may contain undeclared milk and sulfites. People who are allergic to sulfites or milk could have a serious life-threatening allergic reaction if they eat these products. Asthmatics could go into anaphylactic shock if they consume some foods with sulfites. No illnesses have been reported to date. The recalled items are Coco (Coconut) Popsicle, with undeclared sulfites, that are 3 fluid ounces. The other is Walnut (Nuez) Bolis that are 3.5 fluid ounces, with undeclared milk. The coconut popsicles were distributed through the state of Oregon and Washington through retail and direct delivery and the Walnut Bolis were sold only through the retail store located at 202 West Lewis Street, Pasco … [Read more...]

Update on President’s Choice Hummus Recall for Staphylococcus Toxin

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Loblaw Companies Limited are expanding the recall of President's Choice brand hummus to include many more products. These products may be contaminated with Staphylococcus toxin produced by bacteria. There have been illnesses reported associated with the consumption of these products. You can see the long list of recalled products, along with package sizes and UPC numbers at the CFIA web site. The recall now includes Roasted Garlic Hummus, Hummus, Spicy Hummus, Caramelized Vidalia Onion Hummus, Roasted Garlic Red Pepper and Cumin Hummus, Olive Tapenade Hummus, Sweet Potato and Harissa Dip, and Red Harissa Hummus, among others. They were sold nationally at the retail level. You can also see pictures of recalled product labels at the CFIA site. If … [Read more...]

Brown Betty Coconut Milk Powder Recalled for Undeclared Milk

Bedessee Imports is recalling Brown Betty Coconut Milk Powder Mix because it contains sodium caseinate. Casein is a milk protein. The label does not bear the allergen statement "Contains milk". People who are allergic to milk could have a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they eat this product. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the consumption of this product. The recalled "Coconut Milk Powder" was sold in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Maryland, North Carolina, and Florida. If you purchased this product and are allergic to milk, do not eat it. Discard or return to the place of purchase for a full refund. … [Read more...]

Anytime Foods Turkey Lunch Kit Recalled for Undeclared Egg

Total Packaging of KY, Inc., of Kentucky is recalling about 18,000 pounds of Anytime Food Turkey and Cheese Lunch Kits because they contain undeclared egg, one of the major food allergens. No reports of adverse reactions have been received to date. The recalled item is 4 compartment plastic tray packages labeled "Anytime Foods Turkey & Cheese Lunch Kit." It was produced on May 4, 5, 12, and 18, 2015. It has the establishment number "P6734A" inside the USDA mark of inspection. The product was shipped for institutional use. The problem was discovered by FSIS personnel while performing an operational sanitation task. If you purchased this product and are allergic to egg, do not eat it. Discard or return to the place of purchase for a refund. … [Read more...]

Lee’s Recalls 220 Tons of Sandwiches

Lee’s Sandwiches recall has more than doubled to now include 220 tons of meat. The recall includes ham and cheese croissants, cooked dry shredded pork and shredded pork bi sold at Lee’s locations in California, Arizona, Oregon, Nevada, Oklahoma and Texas. The recalled products may contain “Est. 11041” or “P-11041” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The are 54,509 -lb. of “Banh Bao Pork & Egg Steamed Bun;” 15,147 -lb. of “Banh Bao Trung Cut Pork & Quail Egg Steamed Bun Vietnamese Style;”55,114 -lb. of “PORK PATE CHAUD (LARGE);” 6,016.5-lb. of “PORK PATE CHAUD (SMALL); " 50,036-lb. of “CHICKEN PATE CHAUD (LARGE), and 6,184.5-lb. of “CHICKEN PATE CHAUD (SMALL), 22,812-lb. of “SLICED OIL BROWNED TURKEY PREMIUM BREAST MEAT FULLY COOKED, and 2,453.5-lb. of “SLICED SALAMI MEAT with … [Read more...]

Campylobacter in Raw Milk Sickens Young Children in Odon and Montgomery IN

Campylobacter in raw milk has sickened several Indian children under the age of 2, according to the Indiana Department of Health. The illnesses were reported in the Odon and Montgomery areas. Symptoms of campylobacteriosis include diarrhea, cramping, abdominal pain and fever. These symptoms develop two to five days after exposure and can last about a week. During this time, the diarrhea can become bloody and sometimes there is also nausea and vomiting. Infections in young children, seniors and those with weakened immune systems can cause serious health problems. Anyone who develops these symptoms after drinking raw milk should see a doctor. Unpasteurized dairy products and undercooked poultry are the most common sources of Campylobacter infections. Food and drinks that are contaminated … [Read more...]

Lite Works Dill Pickle Popcorn Recalled for Undeclared Milk

The Popcorn Factory of Lake Forest, Ill. is voluntarily recalling 600 4oz bags of "Lite Works Dill Pickle Popcorn" because it may contain undeclared milk. People with allergies or severe sensitivities to milk should not eat this product as they run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they do. No illnesses had been reported at the time of the recall. The recalled product was distributed nationally in Burlington Coat Factory retail stores. It was sold in 4-oz foil bags with the five-digit lot code 15111 and "best by" date SEP 17, 2015 printed just above the price sticker located on the lower left of the backside of the bag. The problem was caused by an error in the company's production and packaging processes. Customers who purchased the recalled product may … [Read more...]

What do Peter Pan and Blue Bell Have in Common?

One is peanut butter, one is ice cream. One was contaminated with Salmonella, the other with Listeria. Still, there are similarities between the Peter Pan peanut butter and Blue Bell ice cream food poisoning outbreaks. Peter Pan was in the news this week because the company that makes it, ConAgra Grocery Products LLC, a subsidiary of ConAgra Foods Inc.,  pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a lawsuit filed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) in connection with a 2006-2007 Salmonella outbreak that sickened 700 people. ConAgra admitted that it had shipped contaminated food across state lines and agreed to pay a criminal fine of $8 million and to $3.2  million in asset forfeiture. “No company can let down its guard when it comes to these kinds of microbiological contaminants.  … [Read more...]

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