October 19, 2017

Archives for October 2016

ICAPP Recalls Frozen Strawberries for Hepatitis A

The International Company for Agricultural Production and Processing (ICAPP) is voluntarily recalling all frozen strawberries imported since the beginning of 2016 in response to an FDA investigation of a hepatitis A outbreak. This is the outbreak that sickened more than 100 people this summer that is linked to Tropical Smoothie Cafe restaurants in the eastern United States. These strawberries were distributed to food service establishments nationwide. They were not in food products offered at retail to consumers. But this news release is being issued to help reduce possible risk to public health. None of ICAPP's own testing has found hepatitis A in any of its products with its own third party testing, but they are recalling all frozen strawberries imported into the U.S. since … [Read more...]

Mr. Christie’s Biscuit Recall in Canada Updated

The recall in Canada for Mr. Christie's Arrowroot Biscuits is being updated with additional codes. That recall was issued on October 21, 2016. Illnesses are associated with the product, which is targeted to babies who are teething. Mondelez Canada is recalling some of these products for potential off-taste. There have been reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products. The recalled products are both Mr. Christie's Arrowroot Biscuits. The 350 gram size has UPC number 0 66721 01046 9 and code Best Before 2017 MR 01. The 3.6 kg (300 x 12 gram) 2-pack size has UPC number 1 00 66721 51404 9 and Best Before 2017 MA 13. If you purchased these products, do not eat them and do not give them to your child. Throw them away in a sealed package or take them back to the … [Read more...]

Voting Next Week? See How Your Legislators View Food Safety

Food Policy Action released its National Food Scorecard for the 114th Congress earlier this month. Overall scores increased by six points since the last Congress, but there is little progress on major food policy in the last two years. Chef Tom Colicchio, Food Policy Action co-founder and advocate said in a statement, "this year's Scorecard shows that Congress owes the American public much better leadership on these issues. Food is connected to every critical issue facing our nation - everything from our health, economy, and immigration, to labor and the environment. And yet, there has been very little attention to bringing transparency and accountability to that discussion." The Senate was graded on 10 votes and 12 bills, and the House was graded on 16 votes and 15 bills. … [Read more...]

MARS Commits to Phasing Out Nanoparticles in Candy

Just in time for Halloween, Center for Food Safety has issued a press release saying that MARS Corporation, a candy company, is reiterating its commitment to removing titanium dioxide from its food products. The company released a statement in February stating that it would remove artificial colors from its products in five years, but that statement wasn't clear on the issue of titanium dioxide. Titanium dioxide is a chemical used to engineer nanomaterials. It occurs naturally in the environment, but when it is engineered to an "ultrafine" or "nanoparticle" size it may cause health problems in people. Jaydee Hanson, Senior Policy Analyst at Center for Food Safety said in a statement, "studies have shown that the human health risks associated with ingesting nanoparticles of many … [Read more...]

Neal Brothers Kettle Chips Recalled in Canada for Undeclared Milk

Neal Brothers Foods is recalling their Salt & Vinegar Kettle Chips in Canada because they contain milk, one of the major food allergens, that is not declared on the label. Anyone who is allergic to milk or who is lactose intolerant could have a serious reaction if they eat this product. The chips were sold in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, and Quebec, and possibly nationally, at the retail level. The recalled product is Neal Brothers Foods Salt & Vinegar Kettle Chips in 142 gram packages. The UPC number is 0 56932 20202 9 and the best by dates are FEB 6 2017, FEB 13 2017, FEB 27, 2017, and MAR 13, 2017. If you purchased this product and are allergic to milk or are lactose intolerant, do not eat it. Throw it away or take it back to the store where you bought it for a … [Read more...]

Oreo Fudge Cremes Recalled for Undeclared Milk

Mondelez Global is voluntarily recalling some Oreo Fudge Cremes cookies because they contain milk, one of the major food allergens, that is not declared on the label. Anyone who is allergic to milk or has lactose intolerance may have a reaction if they eat this product. One report of an allergic reaction has been reported to date. The products do have an allergen advisory printed on the package, stating "manufactured on equipment that processes milk..." But milk is not declared on the ingredient list. The recalled products are Oreo Fudge Cremes in two flavors. The Original variety, in 11.3 ounce packages, has UPC number 0 44000 02694 3 and "best when used by" dates 19 AUG 16, 20 AUG 16, 14 SEP 16, 13 OCT 16, 14 OCT 16, and 17 OCT 16. The Mint variety, in 11.3 ounce packages, has … [Read more...]

Gastrointestinal Outbreak at Jail in Wyoming in 2015

The CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report has published a report on a gastrointestinal illness outbreak associated with rancid tortilla chips that occurred at a correctional facility in Wyoming in October 2015. This outbreak was not reported to the public when it happened last year. A county health department notified the Wyoming Department of Health of an outbreak on October 12, 2015. Most of those sickened got sick within one to three hours after eating lunch served at the facility cafeteria at noon on October 11. Residents and staff members reported that the tortillas chips served at the lunch "tasted and smelled like chemicals." A case control study was conducted by the county health department and the Wyoming Department of Health. Multivariate logistic regression … [Read more...]

Ha Noi Mung Bean Cake Recalled in Canada for Undeclared Allergens

Ha Noi Restaurant in Ontario, Canada is recalling their brand Mung Bean Moon Cake because it contains egg and wheat, two of the major food allergens, that are not declared on the label. Anyone who is allergic to those ingredients, or has celiac disease, could have a serious reaction if they consume this product. There is one illness reported in connection to the consumption of this product. The recalled product is Ha Noi brand Mung Bean Moon Cake in 160 gram packages. All codes where egg and wheat are not declared on the label are recalled. There is no UPC number on the product. The recall was triggered by a consumer complaint. The product was sold in Ontario at the retail level. If you purchased this product and are allergic to wheat and/or egg, do not eat it. Throw it away or take … [Read more...]

Back to Nature Recalls Chocolate Products for Undeclared Milk

Back to Nature of Florida is recalling four products in various sizes that were made with chocolate from a third party supplier that contained undeclared milk, one of the major food allergens. There is no word on whether or not any illnesses or allergic reactions have been reported. The recalled products are 11 ounce packages of Chocolate Delight Granola, with UPC number 19898-01201 and best by dates of 12/25/16 - 7/27/17; and 11 ounce packages of Dark Chocolate Coconut Granola with UPC number 19898-01225 and best by dates 5/9/17 - 8/14/17. Also recalled are Chocolate Chunk Cookies in 9.5 ounce packages with UPC number 19898-01100 and best by dates 5/8/17 - 5/12/17; and Mini Chocolate Chunk Cookies in 6 x 1.25 ounce packages with tray UPC number 19898-01114 and pouch UPC number … [Read more...]

Hawaii Hepatitis A Outbreak Stops Growing

The hepatitis A outbreak in Hawaii that has sickened hundreds of people has stopped growing, according to a new post by the Hawaii state Department of Health. From October 6 to October 19, 2016, three new cases were identified. In the last week, no new cases were identified. Illness onset dates have ranged from 6/12/16 - 10/9/16. In total, 291 people were sickened in this outbreak. Seventy-three of them, or 25%, had to be hospitalized because they were so sick. The typical hospitalization rate in a hepatitis A outbreak is about 20%, so the number of people hospitalized in this outbreak is slightly higher than average. The 50 day maximum incubation period from the time the outbreak cause was identified has passed, so no new primary onset cases should be reported. Officials … [Read more...]

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