September 24, 2021

Vua Kho Bo Beef Jerky Varieties Recalled For Undeclared Sesame

Legacy Food Company of Rancho Cucamonga, California, is recalling about 67,895 pounds of beef jerky varieties because  they contain sesame oil, the newest official allergen, that is not declared on the label. Anyone who is allergic to sesame could have a serious reaction if they eat this product. There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions received to date in connection with the consumption of these products. The beef jerky items were produced on various dates from July 20, 2020 through May 14, 2021. The recalled products include: 10 pound packages containing “N4 Vua Kho Bo Curry Beef Jerky.” 10 pound packages containing “N8 Vua Kho Bo Flank Steak Beef Jerky Fish Sauce.” 10 pound packages containing “N9 Vua Kho Bo House Special Beef Jerky Fish Sauce.” 10 … [Read more...]

FASTER Act Needed For Food Allergen Research and Labeling

The Food Allergy Safety, Treatment, Education, and Research (FASTER) Act is needed for food allergen research and labeling. Thirty-two million Americans are allergic to many foods other than the eight major food allergen groups (milk, eggs, wheat, finfish, shellfish, soy, peanuts, and tree nuts) and more ingredients should be classified as food allergens. Some of these allergic reactions are life-threatening, and others result in hospitalization. Many of the pieces posted at Food Poisoning Bulletin focus on recalls for undeclared allergens in different food products. Sesame is probably the next in line to be added to the FDA's list of food allergens. More than 1.5 million people are allergic to sesame, but that ingredient does not have to be listed on product labels. On a … [Read more...]

FDA Warns Whole Foods For Selling Misbranded Products

The FDA warns Whole Foods for selling misbranded products as part of the government's efforts to address undeclared allergens as the leading cause of food recalls in this country. The history of Whole Foods recalls was reviewed, and the FDA states that "These recalls demonstrate that your corporation engaged in a pattern of receiving and offering for sale misbranded food products. For the time period of October 2019 to November 2020, your firm recalled 32 food products due to undeclared allergen(s). We noticed similar patterns of numerous recalls for undeclared allergens in previous years as well." Some of the recalled products include Whole Foods Market Minestrone Soup, which was recalled in April 2020 for undeclared milk. The reason given for the recall was that the internal … [Read more...]

Daiya Classic Vanilla Creme Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert Recalled

Daiya Foods Inc. is recalling Daiya Classic Vanilla Creme Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert from the marketplace in Canada because it contains 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. No illnesses or allergic reactions have been reported to the company to date. The recalled product is Daiya Classic Vanilla Creme Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert sold in 473 ml packages. The UPC number on the product is 8 71459 00984 1, and the codes on the label are 600820 and BB 08 JA 2021. The recall was triggered by the company. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is conducting a food safety investigation and may trigger the recall of more products. If this … [Read more...]

First Quarter Recalls Plummet, But Experts Expect Rebound

The first quarter recalls from the FDA and USDA plummeted to unprecedented low levels during the coronavirus pandemic lockdown. For instance, while the FDA's recall level did dip in the first quarter, down 9.6% from 2019, the USDA only posted three recalls in January, February, and March 2020. That's a decrease of 78.6% from the previous year. And in the second quarter, only five recalls were posted on the USDA web site, with just 18 days left in the quarter. Stericycle Expert Solutions, which analyzes recalls every quarter, predict that "the coronavirus pandemic will lead to an eventual spike of recalls across the food, drug, consumer product, medical device, and auto industries once restrictions on businesses are lifted and regulators resume their traditional oversight … [Read more...]

What Should You Do With a Recalled Food Product?

Food recalls are handled by the FDA and USDA. They tell consumers about problems or issues with the food they regulate. Recalls can range from a processing error or mislabeling to undeclared allergens and pathogen contamination. It's important that everyone be aware of these recalls and stay up to date. But what should you do with a recalled food product? It depends on the reason for the recall. If the recalled food product is recalled for something that isn't going to affect health, it's your choice whether or not to discard it. If the recall is for an undeclared allergen, it doesn't affect you or your family unless a person in your family is allergic to that ingredient; throw it away if this is the case. But if the recall is for a pathogen, you should follow these steps. Any … [Read more...]

What Is Happening to FDA and USDA Food Recalls?

If you have been a longtime reader of Food Poisoning Bulletin, you may have noticed that food recalls have decreased substantially in the past few months. The USDA has issued three recalls since January 24, 2020: One was issued on February 8, 2020, and two were issued on April 10, 2020. The FDA has had more recalls, with seven in the month of April 2020 (including three recalls for enoki mushrooms as part of a Listeria Monocytogenes outbreak), but that is far below normal. What is happening to FDA and USDA food recalls? Food Poisoning Bulletin contacted the USDA about this. issue. This was their response: "To answer your question about recalls for products under FSIS’ regulatory jurisdiction, a recall is a firm’s voluntary removal of distributed meat, poultry, or egg products from … [Read more...]

Supermarkets Are Failing To Post Food Recalls, Says U.S. PIRG

A new report by the U.S. PIRG (public interest research groups) has found that most supermarkets are failing to post food recalls and don't make it easy for consumers to find out about recalled products. The report is titled, "Food Recall Failure: Will your supermarket warn you about hazardous food?" It gave a failing grade to 84% of the nation's 26 largest supermarket chains. Some of the chains that received a failing grade include Aldi, Publix, Whole Foods, Safeway, Albertsons, HEB, Meijer, Stop & Shop, Trader Joe's, Food Lion, and Walmart. Those supermarkets are failing to post food recalls. U.S. PIRG Education Fund Consumer Watchdog Adam Garber said in a statement, "Supermarkets should be our best recall notification system, but instead, we found that shoppers must go on … [Read more...]

U.S. PIRG Says Meat Recalls Remain High, Other Recalls Drop

A report from U.S. PIRG, the Federation of State PIRGs (Public Interest Research Group), says that meat recalls remained high in the United States last year, while recalls for processed foods and produce dropped. This information was published in How Safe Is Our Food? which details over food recall trends for last year. That report includes information on case studies for the 2018 romaine lettuce outbreak, the Foster Farms poultry recall in 2013 - 2014, and the JBS Beef recall in 2018. Adam Garber, U.S. PIRG Consumer Watchdog said in a statement, "“Consumers shouldn't have to worry that their next bite might sicken or kill them, especially when food safety agencies leave so many solutions in the pantry. Our analysis suggests that when commonsense protections are implemented, our … [Read more...]

Almark Eggs Secondary Recalls For Listeria Monocytogenes Listed

Since Almark Foods recalled their hard boiled eggs on December 20, 2019, there have been several secondary recalls issued for products made with those eggs. There is a deadly Listeria monocytogenes outbreak linked to those eggs, although none of these recalled products have been associated with that outbreak. We are keeping the recalls here so you can refer to them if necessary. The deadly outbreak has sickened 7 people in 5 states. One person who lived in Texas died and four people have been hospitalized. The illness onset dates in this outbreak range start on April 10, 2019. That's pretty typical for a listeriosis outbreak, since investigators use the PulseNet system to find people sickened by the same bacterial strain. These are all of the recalls of Almark Foods hard boiled eggs … [Read more...]

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