December 3, 2016

USDA Finalizes Guidelines for Food Allergens

The USDA has released a set of guidelines to help reduce adverse reactions to allergens in food. The 26-page set will help meat, poultry, and processed egg product producers to manage ingredients that trigger allergic reactions. There are eight main food allergens addressed in this country: eggs, fish, soy, tree nuts, milk, peanuts, wheat, and shellfish. Those ingredients are the ones that cost the most allergic reactions, about 90%. The guidelines state that the number of recalls of USDA-regulated products for undeclared allergens increased from seven in 2008 to 29 in 2012. USDA's Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety Al Almanza said in a statement, "our mission as a public health agency is to protect America's most vulnerable populations, including children, from harm, and these new … [Read more...]

Ultimate Antioxidant Tablets Recalled for Undeclared Allergens

VRVK Nutraceuticals of Florida, DBA Dr. Venessa's Formulas, is voluntarily recalling 3998 bottles of Ultimate Antioxidant Tablets, a dietary supplement, because they may contain crustacean shellfish and milk, two of the major food allergens, that are not declared on the label. No illnesses have been reported to date. The product is Ultimate Antioxidant Tablets in 120 count bottles. Kelp Atlantic Powder in the product may contain shellfish, and Hesperidin Complex 40%, Pancreatin Powder, and Pepsin may contain milk. They were distributed nationwide to consumers via internet sales. The product is marked as a dietary supplement and sold in white plastic bottles. The lot numbers are 132415 with expiration date 05/16, and lot number 141381, expiration date 06/17. Both lots have the UPC … [Read more...]

Circle K Sandwiches Recalled in Canada for Undeclared Allergens

Circle K sandwiches have been recalled in Canada for undeclared milk, mustard, soy, and wheat. Not all of these products have been recalled for all of these allergens. Anyone who is allergic to these ingredients could have a serious reaction if they eat these products. There is no word on whether or not any adverse reactions have been reported to date. You can see the long list of recalled products, along with product codes, UPC numbers, and reasons for recall, at the CFIA web site. They include Circle K Pizza Burger, Bologna Sandwich, Egg Salad Sandwich, and Chicken Salad Sandwich, among others. They were distributed in New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, and in Nova Scotia. If you purchased these products and are allergic to milk, mustard, soy, and/or wheat, do not eat them. … [Read more...]

In Canada, Schneider’s Bologna Recalled for Undeclared Allergens

Maple Leaf Foods is realling Schneider's brand All Beef Bologna in Canada for undeclared milk and wheat, two of the major food allergens. Those who are allergic to those ingredients could have a serious allergic reaction if they consume this product. There is no word on whether or not any reactions have been reported. The recalled product is Schneider's All Beef Bologna in 175 gram containers. The code on the product is 2015 JN 15 and the UPC number is 0 62000 31690 1. It was sold in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec, and Saskatchewan at the retail level. If you purchased this product and are allergic to milk and/or wheat, 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...]

Wegmans Recalls Ready to Cook Meat Products

Wegmans is recalling ready to cook meat products because they contain undeclared milk and soy, two of the major food allergens, that are not listed on the label. There is no word on whether or not any illnesses or reactions have been reported. The recalled products were sold in the Ready To Cook section of the service case of the meat department. All of the products with a Use By date up to and including May 19, 2015 are recalled. The products containing undeclared milk and soy are: Herb Stuffed Pork Chops with UPC number 26060800000; Herb Stuffed Chicken Breast with UPC number 260806000000; Herb Stuffed Pork Roll with UPC number 26081700000; and Herb Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with UPC number 26082100000. Products recalled for undeclared soy are: Apple Raisin Stuffed Pork Chops with … [Read more...]

Beef Jerky Recalled for Undeclared Allergens in Canada

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and East Coast Beef Jerky are recalling beef jerky for undeclared fish, milk, mustard, and wheat, four of the major food allergens. People who are allergic to those ingredients run the risk of a serious reaction if they eat this product. There is no word on whether or not any illnesses have been reported to date. The recalled product is East Coast Beef Jerky in 150 gram packages. All packages where fish, milk, mustard, and wheat are not declared on the label are recalled. There is no UPC number. The products were sold in New Brunswick at the retail level. If you purchased this product and are allergic to wheat, milk, fish, or mustard, do not eat it. Throw it away or return to the store where you purchased it for a refund.   … [Read more...]

Central Market Salmon Jerky Recalled for Undeclared Allergens

World Wide Gourmet Foods is recalling 2,916 packages of Central Market Teriyaki Salmon Jerky because it may contain undeclared wheat and soy, two of the major food allergens. Anyone who is allergic to those two ingredients could have a serious reaction if they eat this product. No illnesses have been reported to date. The recalled product is Central Market Teriyaki Salmon Jerky, which was mislabeled on the back side as Central Market Smoked Salmon Jerky, which omits the presence of wheat and soy on the label. It was distributed to HEB stores in Texas between 2/27/15 and 4/3/15. The produt has a purple Central Market Teriyaki Salmon Jerky front label, and a back label indicating Central Market Smoked Salmon Jerky. The UPC number is 0 41220 34270 9, and the best by date is … [Read more...]

Whole Foods Recalls Bran Muffins for Undeclared Egg and Milk

Whole Foods market is recalling Bran Muffin six packs for undeclared egg and milk, two of the major food allergens. The product was sold in the Southwest Region, which includes Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Arkansas. Those who are allergic to egg and/or milk could have a serious reaction if they eat this product. No illnesses have been reported to date. The product was sold in six packs packaged in clear plastic containers. The PLU number is 24857800499 and best by dates are 1/21/15 to 4/6/15. The error was discovered during a product review. If you purchased this product and are allergic to milk and/or eggs, do not eat it. Discard or return to the place of purchase for a refund. … [Read more...]

FSIS Increases Label Monitoring for Food Allergies

USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued a new directive on procedures for verifying that food manufacturers are accurately labeling foods for the eight most common food allergens. The directive is for inspection program personnel. The allergens are wheat, shellfish, eggs, fish, peanuts, milk, tree nuts, and soy. They account for 90% of allergic reactions among the American public. Other ingredients of concern include sulfites, lactose, FD&C Yellow #5, gluten, and MSG. Monthly verification will begin April 12, 2014. This process will include record reviews, observation of food production, and response to specific questions. Inspection Program Personnel (IPP) will ask whether an establishment has developed and implemented control measures, discuss whether the … [Read more...]

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