October 19, 2017

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Frozen Fish Ball and Tofu Products Recalled for Undeclared Egg

Global Lamsheng Kee Inc., headquartered in Brooklyn, New York, has issued a recall of its “LAM SHENG KEE FROZEN FRIED FISH BALL,” “LAM SHENG KEE FROZEN WHITE FISH BALL,” AND “LAM SHENG KEE FROZEN FISH TOFU” products. According to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), these products may contain the egg allergen, not listed on the packaging. These products were distributed in the states of Michigan, North Carolina, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Virginia. The affected lots and UPC codes are: LAM SHENG KEE FROZEN FRIED FISH BALL (227g / 8 OZ); UPC code: 4712757550535 LAM SHENG KEE FROZEN WHITE FISH BALL (910g / 32.1 OZ); UPC code: 9555123702252 LAM SHENG KEE FROZEN FISH TOFU (240g / 8.5 OZ); UPC code: 4712757550542 Eating these products may cause serious illness … [Read more...]

More Pie and Tart Shells Recalled in Canada for E. coli O121

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is recalling more pie shells and tart shells for possible E. coli O121 contamination. Both of the recalls cover these products sold in Ontario. The first is an update of a recall issued on June 23, 2017. You can see the long list of recalled products, with the brand name, common name, size, product codes, UPC numbers, product photos, and where they were sold at the CFIA web site. Brand include Schnurr's and HomeStyle Flavours, The second recall updates the information in the updated recall and includes more brand names, including Apple Valley, Cloverleaf Farms Food, Remark Fresh Markets, Schmidt's Bulk Pantry, and Wallenstein. If you purchased these products, do not eat them even if you plan to bake them. Throw them away in a double bagged … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak in 2016 Linked to Hot Peppers

A multistate outbreak of Salmonella Anatum infections that were linked to imported hot peppers appears in the The Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report for June 30, 2017. This is the first government report on this outbreak. Thirty two people in nine states were sickened in this outbreak that happened during the summer of 2016. The CDC and FDA did not publish anything about this outbreak at the time because government officials couldn't find a source for the outbreak, specifically a common source for the peppers, so consumers couldn't take steps to protect themselves. Epidemiologic, lab, and traceback evidence found that fresh hot peppers were the likely source, but "a single pepper type or source farm could not be identified." Fresh hot peppers and other produce have been the … [Read more...]

Improperly Pasteurized Milk Recalled in New York State

The New York State Agriculture Commissioner told consumers that 1% low fat milk produced by Mountain Fresh Dairy in Binghamton, New York is being recalled for improper pasteurization. The notice states, "Proper pasteurization heats milk in order to effectively eliminate all pathogenic bacteria, such as Listeria and Salmonella." No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem. The recalled 1% low fat milk was sold at three non profit grocery stores in New Jersey (NPGS). The locations are: 2080 West County Line Road, Jackson, New Jersey; 231 Main Street, Lakewood, New Jersey; and 152 James Street, Lakewood, New Jersey. The product was sold under the name Mountain FRESH KOSHER DAIRY CHOLOV YISROEL.  It was also distributed by the Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse … [Read more...]

FDA Offers Tips on Barbecue Food Safety

With the Fourth of July holiday weekend approaching, the FDA is offering tips for preventing foodborne illness at your backyard barbecue. Since bacteria in food multiply faster at temps between 40°F and 140°F, summer heat makes food safety implementation important. First, wash your hands well with soap and water before preparing, serving, and eating food. You should wash them for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the bathroom. If you are at a park or picnic area where there is no bathroom, use a water jug, some soap, and paper towels. Moist towelettes are better than nothing, but soap and water is best. Always keep raw food separated from cooked food. Cross-contamination is a major cause of food poisoning. Don't use a plate that held raw meat, poultry, eggs, or seafood … [Read more...]

Vinh Hoan USA Recalls Fish for Import Non Compliance

Vinh Hoan USA is recalling about 84,000 pounds of imported frozen Swai fillet products that were distributed into commerce without meeting federal requirements. These fish were imported from Vietnam without meeting FSIS regulatory requirements for residue sampling and testing. No confirmed reports of adverse reactions have been received to date. The recalled products are 15-pound cases containing “MEKONG MASTER Frozen Swai Fillet,” with lot code VN 147 VI 1355 and “BEST BEFORE” dates of “12162018,” “12172018” and “12192018;" 15-pound cases containing “MEKONG MASTER Frozen Swai Fillet,” with lot code VN 147 VI 1351 and “BEST BEFORE” dates of “12232018,” “12242018” and “12252018;" and 15-pound cases containing “MEKONG MASTER Frozen Swai Fillet,” with lot code VN 147 VI 1354 and “BEST … [Read more...]

Masa’s Gourmet Sauces Recalled for Undeclared Milk

Rikki USA is recalling some Masa's Gourmet Sauces for 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 these products. No illnesses have been reported to date. The products were distributed in California, Illinois, New York, Oregon, and Washington and also through retail stores "in close proximity" to the distributors. The recalled products include Sweet and Sour Sauce in 12 ounce glasses, Curry Coconut Sauce in 12 ounce glasses, and Pulled Pork BBQ Sauce in 12 ounce glasses. You can see the lot codes, subsequent best by dates, and UPC numbers of the recalled sauces at the FDA web site. If you bought these products and cannot eat milk, don't eat them. Throw them away or take them … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak in Canada Linked to Frozen Chicken

The Public Health Agency of Canada is announcing a Salmonella Enteritidis outbreak in that country linked to frozen raw breaded chicken products. Seven people in four provinces are sick as of June 26, 2017. Two people have been hospitalized. There was a similar outbreak in the United States in 2015, linked to frozen Barber frozen Chicken Kiev, a raw stuffed product. The outbreak sickened 15 people in seven states. The Public Health Agency's notice states that "This outbreak is a reminder that frozen raw breaded chicken products contain raw poultry and should be handled and prepared no differently from other raw poultry products. Follow cooking instructions carefully and verify the internal temperature after cooking, as recommended, before consuming these products. Frozen raw breaded … [Read more...]

Futaba Sesame Hijiki Rice Seasoning Recalled for Undeclared Allergens

JFC International is recalling a rice seasoning product because it doesn't have the English product label for sale in the U.S. And the product has undeclared wheat, soy, and fish allergens. Anyone allergic to those products could have a serious reaction if they eat this food. No reactions have been reported to date. The recalled product is Futaba Sesame Hijiki Rice Seasoning in 2.29 ounce glass bottles with a yellow label. The bar code is 4 902533 023173. All lot codes are recalled. The product was sold between Nine 19, 2016 and June 19, 2017 to retail stores and foodservice operations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, North Carolina, Nevada, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington state, and West Virginia. If you bought … [Read more...]

Health Alert Issued for Possible Botulism in Par’s Pueblo Green Chili Sauce

The Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment has posted a "health alert" for Par's Pueblo Green Chili Sauce for possible Clostridium botulinum contamination. No adverse reactions or illnesses have been received to date, according to the notice. The product in question is Par's Natural Foods Pueblo Green Chili Sauce in 16 and 32 ounce glass containers. The notice on the Colorado government's web page is very brief and doesn't mention where the product may have been sold. There is no mention of this alert on the company's web site. If you bought this product, do not eat it. Throw it away in a sealed package or secure garbage can, or take it back to the store where you bought it. The symptoms of botulism food poisoning include drooping eyelids, facial weakness, blurred … [Read more...]

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