September 26, 2016

Lawsuit: Bakery Supplier to Whole Foods, Kroger, Sam’s Club, Sysco and More Faked E. coli, Listeria Tests

A bakery supplier to Whole Foods, Kroger, Sam's Club, Sysco, Rich Products, and US Foodservice has been falsifying tests for Listeria and E. coli documents for more than a year, according to a lawsuit filed by whisteblowing employees. Orange Bakery Inc. of Irvine, California had previously employed a third-party lab, Silliker Inc., to test for bacteria. Before severing ties with the lab some time before January 1, 2015, Orange obtained blank testing forms which it then forged to show negative results for Listeria and E. coli, the lawsuit alleges. Orange sells raw dough for bakery products to clients who cover every part of the country. In addition to the major retailers and club stores including Whole Foods, the Kroger family of stores and Sam's Club, Orange also supplies dough to … [Read more...]

Whole Foods Recalls Grassfields Cheese for E. coli

Grassfields Cheese recalled for E.coli was sold at Whole Foods. The natural foods retailer has issued a recall for the cheeses sold at some of its stores. The recall includes Grassfields brand: Gouda, Onion ‘n Garlic, Country Dill, Leyden, Edam, Lamont Cheddar, Fait Gras and Polkton Corners. They were cut and packaged in clear plastic wrap with PLU codes that ranging from 0206151 to 0206159 and "sell by" dates through 9/2/2016. The recalled cheeses were sold at Whole Foods stores in Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Wisconsin. Grassfields issued a recall for cheeses after they were linked to a cluster of seven E. coli illnesses in Michigan.  Symptoms of an E. coli infection include stomach … [Read more...]

Salmonella Recall for Macadamia Nuts Sold at Whole Foods in CA, NV, OR, WA

Marin Foods Specialties Inc has issued a recall for raw macadamia nuts sold at Whole Foods stores in California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington for possible Salmonella contamination. People who have purchased these nuts should not eat them as Salmonella can cause serious illness. The product,  labeled as “Whole Foods Market Raw Macadamia Nuts,”  was packaged in 6 oz clear plastic tubs with “best by” dates ranging from  8/21/16 through 11/6/16, and a UPC code of 99948200132. Those most at risk for Salmonella infection include young children, seniors and those with weakened immune systems. Symptoms of an infection include fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In some cases, the infection can travel to the bloodstream producing more severe illnesses … [Read more...]

Whole Foods Pesto Pasta Salad Recalled for Listeria

Green Cuisine has issued a recall for “Pesto Pasta Salad with Arugula” because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The company issued the recall after being notified by its supplier, Green Cuisine is issuing this voluntary recall after being notified by their supplier, National Frozen Foods, that the frozen green peas used in the product are being recalled for Listeria. The recalled salads were sold at Whole Foods locations in Southern California, Nevada and Arizona on June 15 and June 16, 2016. Consumers who purchased the product should not eat it. The recalled product was sold in 7.4 oz clear plastic containers with the name “Whole Foods Pesto Pasta Salad w/Arugula,” UPC code 857898004333 and “best by” date of 6/20/16. At the time of the recall, … [Read more...]

Food Safety Issues Prompt FDA Warning Letter to Whole Foods North Atlantic Kitchen

Food safety violations at the Whole Foods North Atlantic Kitchen in Everett, Mass. are serious enough that food made there is considered adulterated, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration told the company in a warning letter dated June 8, 2016. Among the agency's finding at the facility was a positive tests for non-pathogenic Listeria on food contact surfaces.  The finding shows conditions inside the facility would support the presence and growth of Listeria monocytogenes, a pathogen, the agency said. Under the Food and Drug Act, foods are considered adulterated if they "were prepared, packed, or held under insanitary conditions whereby they may have been contaminated with filth or rendered injurious to health." In addition to finding non-pathogenic Listeria, the agency found: food was … [Read more...]

Massachusetts Whole Foods Recall Curry Chicken Salad for Listeria

A Whole Foods Market  in Everett, Mass. is recalling approximately 234 pounds of curry chicken salad products that may be contaminated with Listeria. Consumers who have purchased these products should not eat them. The recalled salad, packaged on Oct. 16, 2015, was sold prepackaged, in salad bars, in store's chef's cases, and in sandwiches and wraps prepared in the stores. To see UPC codes of the recalled products, click the link above. The recalled products have a "sell by" date of Oct. 23, 2015 and were shipped to a warehouse and retail locations in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island.  At the time of the recall, there had been no reports of illness.  However, Listeria infections can take as long as 70 days after exposure to develop. Symptoms of a … [Read more...]

Whole Foods Recalls Products Made with Cumin

Whole Foods Market is recalling foods made with cumin that may contain undeclared peanut, one of the major food allergens. People with an allergy to peanuts could have a life-threatening reaction if they consume these products. No illnesses have been reported to date. The recalled food items include prepared salads, seasoned meat items, tacos, and other seasoned foods. They were sold at Whole Foods Market stores in Connecticut, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, and Washington D.C. Not all of the recalled products were sold at all of the stores. Whole Foods has pulled the spice and all items containing the recalled ingredient. Signage is posted in the stores about the recall. You can see the long … [Read more...]

Whole Foods Recalls Macadamia Nuts for Possible Salmonella

Whole Foods Market is recalling packaged raw macadamia nuts because they may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. No illnesses have been reported to date. The recalled product is Whole Foods Market Raw Macadamia Nuts in 5.6 ounce plastic tubs. The UPC number is 7-23055-21415-3 and the sell-by dates are 4/22/15, 5/4/15, and 5/6/15. They were sold in Whole Foods Market, Greenlife Grocery, and Harry's Farmers Market stores in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. If you purchased this product, do not eat it. Discard in a double bagged or sealed container so other people and animals can't eat it. You can return the receipt to the place of purchase for a refund. … [Read more...]

Whole Foods Recalls Raw Almonds for Hydrogen Cyanide

Organic Raw Almonds (bitter almonds) sold at Whole Foods stores in Northern California, Oregon, Washington, Reno, Nevada and Boise are being recalled for elevated levels of naturally occurring hydrogen cyanide. At the time of the recall, no illnesses had been reported according to laboratory test results, but consumers who have purchased these nuts should not eat them. The nuts, imported from Italy and Spain and distributed by Marin Foods Specialties, Inc. of Byron, Calif., are described in the recall notice as "the wild form of the edible sweet almonds."  Bitter almonds contain  glycoside amygdalin,  chemical which creates hydrogen cyanide when the almonds are crushed or chewed. Eating foods that contain hydrogen cyanide may cause illness with symptoms including: dizziness, … [Read more...]

E. coli Illnesses Prompt Whole Foods Ground Beef Recall in Massachusetts

Three E.coli illnesses in Massachusetts have prompted a recall of ground beef products sold at Whole Foods stores in South Weymouth and Newton, Massachusetts. Three people who ate ground beef purchased from these stores developed E. coli O157:H7 infections between June 13 and June 25. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service is working with the Massachusetts Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on an investigation of the illnesses. A recall has been issued for 368 pounds of ground beef products produced in June and sold at the stores. Health officials are concerned that some people may have the recalled products in their freezers. Consumers who have any of the products listed below should not eat them as E.coli can … [Read more...]

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