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Archives for March 2016

Cobblestone Bread English Muffins Recalled for Undeclared Milk

Flowers Foods is voluntarily recalling about 10,000 packages of Cobblestone Bread Wheat English Muffins because it contains undeclared milk, one of the major food allergens. Anyone who is allergic to milk or who is lactose intolerant could have a serious reaction if they eat this product. No illnesses or allergic reactions have been reported to date. The recalled product is Cobblestone Bread Co. Wheat English Muffins with UPC number 0 72250 01316 1 and best by dates of October 28, 2015 through April 10, 2016. The product was distributed to retail stores in Connecticut, Delaware, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington DC, and West Virginia. … [Read more...]

Imported Foods Most Often Rejected: Seafood, Veggies, and Fruit

The USDA has released a report detailing the foods the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) most often rejects at our nation's ports for problems. They are seafood/fish products, vegetables/vegetable products, and fruit/fruit products. The countries that have the most shipments refused are Mexico, India, and China. Data for this report was analyzed over the years 2005 to 2013 and was compared to data from the years 1998 to 2004. In addition, refusals of spices, flavors, and salts doubled between 1998 to 2004 and 2005 to 2013. The FDA only inspects about 1% of the 60,000,000 tons of food imported into this country every year. Inspectors target certain facilities and firms and certain types of products that have a higher risk for pathogenic bacterial contamination or other type of … [Read more...]

Halawa Products Recalled for Undeclared Allergens

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Odeco Trading Inc. are recalling Aroma brand Halawa products for undeclared milk, pistachios, sesame seeds, and wheat. These are four of the major food allergens. Anyone who is allergic to these ingredients could have a serious allergic reaction if they eat these products. There is no word on whether or not any reactions have been reported to date. recall The recalled products are Aroma brand Halawa Rahesh Shaar in 500 gram packages. The codes on the product are P: 05/04/15 and E: 05/10/16 and the UPC number is 6 297000 107424. Also recalled is Aroma brand Halawa Rahesh Mix in 500 gram packages. The codes on the product are P: 05/04/15 and E: 05/10/16 and the UPC number is 6 297000 107417. If you purchased either of these products and … [Read more...]

ICA Gourmet Seasonings Recalled for Glass Shards

According to the FDA's Weekly Enforcement Report for the week of March 30, 2016, Ingredients Corporation of America (ICA) is recalling seasoning mixes because glass shards were found in a sealed bag of dehydrated minced garlic. This garlic was used to make these products. Most of these products were sold to food service establishments in large quantities, but some products were sold in smaller quantities. C & J Butcher Shop Recipe #10 BBQ Sauce was sold in 18.5 ounce and 763 ounce packages is recalled. The lot number of this product is 19226. It was sold in Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, and Texas. The other recalled product is Big Bob Gibson B-B-Q Seasoning and dry rub, sold in 6.35 ounce and 180.0225 gram packages. This was distributed by Mrs. Stratton's Salads of Alabama. The … [Read more...]

Second Pizza Ranch E. coli Outbreak Lawsuit Filed

A second lawsuit stemming from the E. coli outbreak linked to Pizza Ranch restaurants was filed yesterday in the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska (in Case 8:16-cv-00136). The suit was filed on behalf of a Nebraska child who was hospitalized for four weeks with complications from E.coli food poisoning. According to the lawsuit, the child's family ate at a Pizza Ranch in Lincoln, Nebraska on Dec. 31st 2015. The girl, who is in third grade, began experiencing symptoms three days later. She became severely dehydrated and was admitted to the hospital where it was confirmed that she had an E. coli infection. She then developed pancreatitis and hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) a potentially fatal complication of E. coli infections that causes kidney failure, seizure, … [Read more...]

Four Sick in Colorado; May Be From Wonderful Pistachios

Fox News Denver is reporting that Colorado may be added to the list of states in the Wonderful pistachios Salmonella outbreak. That product is linked to a multistate Salmonella Montevideo outbreak that has sickened at least 11 people in 9 other states. Four people in one family in that state tested positive for Salmonella infections, although the report does not state if the strain of Salmonella that sickened those people is the outbreak strain. The family in Colorado said they were not aware of the Wonderful pistachio recall. The pistachios were recalled in the U.S. and in Canada after the outbreak was discovered. The recalled nuts linked to the outbreak were sold under the brand names Trader Joe's, Paramount Farms, and Wonderful. In addition, nuts sold under the brand names … [Read more...]

Trader Joe’s Chocolate Sticks Recalled in Canada

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Transilvania Trading are recalling Trader Joe's chocolate sticks because they contain milk, one of the major food allergens, that is not declared on the label. Anyone who is allergic to milk and consumes this product could have a serious reaction. There have been allergic reactions reported. This product has been recalled in the United States as well. The recalled products are Trader Joe's brand name. They are Chocolate Orange Sticks in 510 gram containers. All codes are recalled. The UPC number is 0084 7162. Also recalled are Chocolate Raspberry Sticks in 510 gram packages. All codes are recalled. The UPC number for that product is 0084 7124. These products were sold at Pirate Joe's at 2348 West 4th Avenue in Vancouver, British Columbia. If … [Read more...]

FDA Issues Warning Against ENVY BP Supplement

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers not to purchase or use ENVY BP, a product promoted and sold for weight loss on several websites, including Purely Simple Weight Loss. This product may also have been sold in some retail stores. FDA analysis confirmed that ENVY BP contains sibutramine, a controlled substance that was withdrawn from the market in October 2010 for health threats. Sibutramine substantially increases blood pressure and/or pulse rate in some patients and can be very risky for anyone who has coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, arrhythmias, or stroke. This product can also interact in life-threatening ways with other meds. This is one in a long line of recalls for weight loss supplements that contain sibutramine. The FDA has warned … [Read more...]

In Canada, Dole Salad Listeria Outbreak Ends

In Canada, the Listeria outbreak linked to salads made at Dole's plant in Springfield, Ohio has ended after sickening 14 people. All of those sickened were hospitalized, and three of them died, although health officials have not been determined if Listeria contributed to the cause of these deaths. In the U.S., the outbreak is still ongoing with 18 people in nine states sickened and one fatality. The illnesses in Canada were reported between May 2015 and February 2016 in five provinces: Ontario (9), Quebec (2), New Brunswick (1), Prince Edward Island (1), and Newfoundland and Labrador (1). The average age of those sickened is 78, 64 percent are female. Lab tests confirmed a link between recalled packaged salad products and the outbreak of listeriosis in five provinces. Recalls were … [Read more...]

Hams Withdrawn From the Market for Appearance

Meatingplace is reporting that Smithfield Foods and Kroger are withdrawing 500,000 pounds of whole and half semi-boneless Cumberland Gap hams because they did not meet appearance standards. This is not a food safety issue. The hams do not have the pink color most consumers expect from a cooked and salted ham. The withdrawal is in these divisions: Cincinnati, Columbus, Michigan, Central, Louisville, Delta, Nashville, Mid-Atlantic, Jay C, and Dillons. The corporation does not know when the ham products will appear again in stores. Kroger has initiated its customer recall notification system. Meatingplace has written about this issue before. Consumer complaints about the color of hams have been sent to Oscar Mayer since 2011. The color may vary dramatically within one ham, or the meat … [Read more...]

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