October 28, 2016

Kozy Shack Salted Caramel Pudding Recalled for Undeclared Egg Allergen

Kozy Shack Indulgent Recipe Salted Caramel Pudding is being recalled for undeclared egg. Due to a packaging error, the pudding cups in the Salted Caramel wrapper are actually Vanilla Bean Pudding cups, which contain egg. Consumers with an egg  allergy should not eat the recalled items as the risk serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. The recalled products have the UPC code 73491.09240, a "use by date" of 11/30/2015 and an individual lot number 31908940. The product was sold at the following stores: Albertsons; Bashas/Western Produce; Bozzutos, Inc.; C&S Tops WNY WHS Lancaster; C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc.; C&S AWI; C&S AWI Robesonia;, C&S S&S Freetown; Delhaize America Distribution; Delhaize America Schodack-Dairy; … [Read more...]

Recalled Cheerios, Honey Nut Cheerios Sicken 125

At least 125 people became sick after eating Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios that contained gluten but were labeled as gluten free, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Most of those sickened reported gastro-intestinal problems. The products are safe to eat for anyone who is not gluten intolerant, does not have celiac disease, or is not allergic to wheat. Minneapolis-based General Mills issued a recall for 1.8 million boxes of the cereals on October 5 after discovering the problem. Other varieties of Cheerios are not affected. "We recognize the importance of this issue to people with celiac disease, wheat allergy, and gluten sensitivity, and we will continue to provide updates and advice as needed," the FDA said in statement. After receiving reports of illness, … [Read more...]

North Carolina Seafood Processor Sentenced

Alphin Brothers Inc.,a seafood processor and wholesale distributor in North Carolina, was sentenced this month in federal court for falsely labeling imported shrimp. An employee purchased shrimp on the company's behalf and directed employees to falsely label farm-raised imported shrimp as a wild-caught product of the U.S. This mislabeled product was sold by Alphin Brothers to customers in Louisiana through interstate commerce. The facility was ordered to pay a criminal fine of $100,000 and to forfeit about 21,450 pounds of shrimp. The company will also serve three years of probation. And they must implement a training program to educate employees on federal labeling requirements and laws. Those federal laws require seafood retailers to provide consumers notice of the country of … [Read more...]

Walgreens Pulls Phony Herbal Supplements; Walmart, Target, GNC Keep Selling

After tests showed their store-brand herbal supplements did not to contain the herbs on their labels,  Walmart, Walgreens Target and GNC all received cease and desist letters from New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman yesterday.  Only Walgreens has responded by pulling the products. Walmart Target and GNC issued statements that they were looking into the matter. While they do, their shoppers cam feel free to shell out $8-$10 on bottles full of sand, allium, pine, wheat/grass, rice mustard, citrus, dracaena (houseplant) or cassava (tropical tree root), but labeled Ginseng, Garlic, St John' Wort or Echinacea. Because that's what the tests found. According to Schneiderman's office,  79 percent of herbal products tested did not contain plant species identified on the label. And … [Read more...]

NY AG Takes Aim at At GNC, Target, Walmart, Walgreens Herbal Supplements

New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has asked GNC, Target, Walmart, and Walgreens to stop selling their store brand herbal supplements immediately because of mislabeling. Cease and desist letters sent to the companies yesterday say tests on the products found 79 percent  did not contain plant species identified on the label. And some contained contaminants not identified on product labels. Supplements do not have to undergo a premarket evaluation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) before they are sold. Manufacturers are responsible for ensuring that their products are safe and accurately labeled. Unfortunately, not all of them do. In fact, many supplements, especially those sold as weight loss or body building supplements, contain undeclared ingredients that … [Read more...]

Study Reveals Misrepresentation of Shrimp in Markets

A study conducted by Oceana has revealed misrepresentation of America's favorite seafood - shrimp - across the country. DNA testing has confirmed that 30% of shrimp products purchased from 111 grocery stores and restaurants were misrepresented. Misrepresentation means that the shrimp were mislabeled, with one species substituted for another; misleading, with farmed species labeled as "Gulf shrimp", for instance; or mixed/mystery, with species commingled among bagged shrimp. The misrepresentation was found everywhere in the country. The highest rates of misrepresentation were in New York at 43%, 33% in Washington, D.C., and 30% in the Gulf of Mexico region. This problem makes it difficult for consumers to make informed choices about the shrimp they purchase in stores and in … [Read more...]

Ibuprofen and Oxcarbazepine Tablets Recalled for Incorrect Labeling

American health packaging is recalling Ibuprofen Tablet in a hospital unit dose presentation that may contain Oxcarbazepine Tablets. The recall is the result of a mislabeled inner unit dose blister packaging which could mean patients get ibuprofen instead of their scheduled dose of oxcarbazepine. There was one customer complaint that resulted in the investigation and recall. There have not been any adverse events reported to date. Oxcarbazepine is used for treating seizures in epilepsy patients. These are the affected products: Cartons of 100 count (10x10) Hospital Unit Dose blisters of AHP Ibuprofen Tablets, USP, 600 mg, with outer carton NDC#: 68084-703-01 and individual dose NDC#: 68084-703-11, Lot #142588, Expiration Date, 01/2016. The drug product can be identified by physical … [Read more...]

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