August 3, 2020

Thomson International Onions Linked to Salmonella Newport Outbreak

Thomson International Onions, in yellow, red, white, and sweet varieties, are linked to the large multistate Salmonella Newport outbreak, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). At least 396 people in 34 states are now ill in this outbreak. Fifty-nine people have been hospitalized because they are so ill. The case count by state is: Alaska (6), Arizona (14), California (49), Colorado (10), Florida (3), Idaho (5), Illinois (10), Indiana (2), Iowa (15), Kansas (1), Kentucky (1), Maine (4), Maryland (1), Michigan (23), Minnesota (10), Missouri (6), Montana (33), Nebraska (5), Nevada (5), New York (4), North Carolina (3), North Dakota (5), Ohio (7), Oregon (71), Pennsylvania (2), South Carolina (1), South Dakota (11), Tennessee (5), Texas (1), … [Read more...]

Balter Meats Company Ground Beef Recalled For Lack of Re-Inspection

JBS Food Canada LLC of Brooks, Alberta, Canada, is recalling about 38,406 pounds of boneless beef head meat products that were made into Balter Meat Company Ground Beef, that was not presented for import-reinspection into the United States. There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to the consumption of these products. These raw, frozen items were imported on July 13, 2020 and were further processed by another company into ground beef. The recalled product is 80-pound boxes containing eight, 10-pound chubs of Balter Meat Company Ground Beef 73/27. The product has the "Use by or Freeze By" date of 8/9/2020 or 8/10/2020. The pack dates marked on the product are 072020, 072120, or 072220. The lot codes marked on the label are 2020A or 2030A. The ground beef has the … [Read more...]

Sysco Red Onions Are Recalled in Canada Salmonella Newport Outbreak

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) says that Sysco red onions are recalled in relation to the Salmonella Newport outbreak in that country. The onions were imported from the United States into five western Canadian provinces. At least 114 people are sick with Salmonella Newport infections in those provinces, and 16 are hospitalized because they are so ill. The onions were distributed in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, and Saskatchewan at the consumer level. These are the cities that have Sysco locations where the Sysco red onions were sold: Victoria, Vancouver, Kelowna, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, and Regina. The recalled products are Imperial Fresh brand Red Onions  - Jumbo, in 10 pound bags. The product code on the package is 8399925. Also recalled are … [Read more...]

Wellements Iron Drops Are Being Recalled For Undeclared Milk

Wellements LLC of Scottsdale, Arizona is voluntarily recalling Wellements Iron Drops liquid dietary supplement and the sample version called Iron Drops Sample liquid Dietary Supplement because they may contain milk, one of the major food allergens, that is not printed on the label. Anyone who is allergic to milk or who is lactose intolerance could have a serious allergic reaction if they eat this product. One allergic reaction has been reported to the company. The recalled Wellements Iron Drops were distributed from May 1, 2019 to July 22, 2020 nationwide through retail stores, Amazon, and The sample was also distributed during that time frame through promotional giveaways in some consumer purchases. This product is used in infants 4 months of age to children up to … [Read more...]

Kore Organic Watermelon CBD Oil Recalled For High Lead Levels

Summit Labs of Tampa, Florida is announcing that Kore Organic Watermelon CBD Oil is being recalled because of high lead levels. Lead is a heavy metal that is very toxic. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services tested a random sample and found the product had lead levels at 4.7 ppm. The recall note states, "As part of this investigation Summitt Labs had a sample from Lot #730 Batch #K018 tested at an ISO/IEC accredited lab. Lead results were 500 ppb (.5ppm), which is within the legal limits as defined by the State of Florida. However, based on the test from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Summitt Labs initiated, and will complete, a full recall of Lot #730 Batch #K018 in full cooperation with the FDA and Florida Department of Agriculture … [Read more...]

Whole Foods Kouign amann Pastries Recalled For Undeclared Egg

Whole Foods Market is recalling Whole Foods Kouign amann pastries because they contain egg, one of the major food allergens, that is not declared on the label. Anyone who is allergic to or sensitive to egg could have a serious reaction if they eat this product. No illnesses or allergic reactions have been reported to the company to date in connection with this recall. The Kouign amann pastries were sold in the bakery department of select Whole Foods Market stores in Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Texas and Utah. The pastries were packaged in plastic clamshell 4-packs with Whole Foods Market scale labels, a PLU number of 267394, and the sell through date of July 27, 2020. All of these recalled pastries have been removed from store shelves. The recall was started … [Read more...]

Jamaican Tastee Patties Recalled For Lack of Inspection

The USDA states that about 60,457 pounds of meat and poultry patty products that were repackaged, relabeled, and redistributed without the benefit of federal inspection are being recalled. There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions associated with this issue. The baked and dunked, frozen beef and chicken patty items were produced on different dates ranging from September 2018 through July 2020. These are the recalled products: 18 ounce boxes containing 4 pieces of “AUTHENTIC Jamaican STYLE TASTEE Patties JERK CHICKEN TURNOVERS BAKED” with various sell-by dates printed on the label. 18 ounce boxes containing 4 pieces of “AUTHENTIC Jamaican STYLE TASTEE Patties BEEF TURNOVERS SPICY BEEF BAKED” with various sell-by dates represented on the label. 18 ounce boxes … [Read more...]

Herbacil Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer Recalled For Undeclared Methanol

Broncolin SA de CV is voluntarily recalling al lots of Herbacil Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer 70% alcohol because it may contain wood alcohol, or methanol, that is not declared on the label. No reports of adverse events related to this product have been received by the company to date. Wood alcohol can be absorbed through the skin and is toxic. Symptoms of "substantial methanol exposure" include nausea, headache, vomiting, and blurred vision. If someone drinks methanol, they can suffer permanent blindness, seizures, coma, permanent damage to the central nervous system, and death. Children may accidentally ingest this product. Some adults use hand sanitizer as a substitute for alcohol. The FDA has stated there is a sharp increase in the number of hand sanitizers being recalled for methanol … [Read more...]

FDA Puts Some Hand Sanitizer Manufacturers on Import Alert

The FDA is reiterating its warning about dangerous alcohol-based hand sanitizers that contain undeclared methanol, and is also putting some hand sanitizer manufacturers on import alert. That means that any product those companies try to import into the United States will be stopped and held at the border. The government is also working with these hand sanitizer manufacturers to recall products and is encouraging retailers to remove recalled products from store shelves. The FDA first became aware of this problem in June 2020 and issued warnings to consumers at that time. Another warning was issued earlier this month about "an increasing number of adverse events, including blindness, cardiac effects, effects on the central nervous system, and hospitalizations and death, primarily … [Read more...]

4e Brands Expands Recall of Blumen Hand Sanitizer, Others For Methanol

4e Brands North America of San Antonio, Texas,  is voluntarily recalling all lots of Blumen Hand Sanitizer, Assured Hand Sanitizer, and Modesa Hand Sanitizer for undeclared methanol, or wood alcohol. Wood alcohol can cause serious problems because it is absorbed through the skin and can lead to headache, nausea, vomiting, and blurred vision. Anyone who drinks products containing methanol can suffer from permanent blindness, seizures, coma, permanent damage to the nervous system, and death. Children may accidentally ingest this product, and some people use ethanol as a substitute for alcoholic beverages. The press release did not state that no adverse events have been reported. You can see the long list of products at the FDA web site. All of these products were produced in Mexico. … [Read more...]

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