Monday, April 30, 2012

NM Veterinary Services Confirms case of Equine Vesicular Stomatitis

April 30, 2012

The State Veterinarian of New Mexico has been notified by USDA Veterinary Services that a case of Equine Vesicular Stomatitis has been confirmed at the National Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. The infection is in an equine residing in Otero County outside the town of Tularosa. Two horses in a herd of five have been found to have lesions caused by Vesicular Stomatitis Virus. 

The animals in question are under quarantine by order of the New Mexico State Veterinarian. None of the five horses in the herd has been off the premises during the last 12 months.Vesicular Stomatitis is classified as a Foreign Animal Disease. Link to the USDA information sheet for Vesicular Stomatitis

In co-operation with USDA-Veterinary Services, the New Mexico Livestock Board (NMLB) is conducting  surveillance examinations of all livestock in the immediate area. At this time no further cases have been identified. 

The confirmation of this case is the first to be reported in the U.S. this year. As a Foreign Animal Disease this case will be reported internationally to the OIE (the world Organization for Animal Health), as well as nationally to all states. Livestock producers in New Mexico may have some restrictions applied to animals moving into other states or internationally.  Any movement restrictions will be forwarded to New Mexico veterinarians and posted on the NMLB website.  Contact USDA-VS, Albuquerque for information on international shipment at (505) 761-3160. 

Managers and producers of major equine shows and events are encouraged to call the office of the New Mexico State Veterinarian for guidance on how to minimize disruption of shows and events. 

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Allergy Alert on Milk Products in Mrs. Weaver’s Pimento Spread

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 25, 2012- Reser’s Fine Foods, Inc. of Beaverton, OR is voluntarily recalling 653 cases of 7 oz. Mrs. Weaver’s Pimento Spread that may have been packaged into containers marked Ham Salad. The Ham Salad label does not list milk ingredients on the label. People who are allergic to milk products run the risk of serious reaction if they consume this product.
There have been no adverse reactions or illnesses reported in connection with this product.
The recalled 7 oz. Mrs. Weaver’s Pimento Spread was distributed in AR, AZ, FL, LA, MS, OK, TX, and WA between April 11, 2012 and April 17, 2012. The product is sold in a 7 oz. plastic container marked on the side of the lid with Aug/05/12. After the use by date is a facility identifier code of 20 followed by a timestamp No other package codes are affected by this recall.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

BSE (Mad Cow) Detected; Food Supply "Safe"


The beef and dairy in the American food supply is safe and USDA remains confident in the health of U.S. cattle. The systems and safeguards in place to protect animal and human health worked as planned to identify this case quickly, and will ensure that it presents no risk to the food supply or to human health. USDA has no reason to believe that any other U.S. animals are currently affected, but we will remain vigilant and committed to the safeguards in place.

Visit the BSE website for more information

RECALL: Sub Sandwiches Because of Possible Listeria

M.E. Thompson, Inc. Expands Recall of Sub Sandwiches Because of Possible Health Risk Link

M.E. Thompson, Inc. is expanding the recall of its Anytime Deli Turkey & Ham Footlong, to include Italian Footlong, and Classic Cuban, because the products have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria Monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.

RECALL: Frozen raw yellowfin tuna product

Moon Marine USA Corporation (also known as MMI) of Cupertino, Calif. is voluntarily recalling 58,828 lbs of a frozen raw yellowfin tuna product, labeled as Nakaochi Scrape AA or AAA. Nakaochi Scrape is tuna backmeat, which is specifically scraped off from the bones, and looks like a ground product. • The product is not available for sale to individual consumers, but may have been used to make sushi, sashimi, ceviche and similar dishes available in restaurants and grocery stores. • The company name and Nakaochi Scrape AA or AAA were printed on boxes of the product when it was initially sold to distributors. However, the boxes may have been broken into smaller lots for further sale and may not be available to the end retailer or consumer. Therefore, the tuna may not be readily identifiable by retail outlets or by consumers as being from the implicated lots. • The Nakaochi Scrape AA ...

RECALL: Dry Dog Food Bags May Contain Salmonella

Diamond Pet Foods Voluntarily Recalls Limited Number of Dry Dog Food Bags Due to a Potential Health Risk Recall is limited to one formula of Diamond Naturals distributed to 12 states; no illnesses reported Link
Diamond Pet Foods is voluntarily recalling Diamond Naturals Lamb Meal & Rice. This is being done as a precautionary measure, as the product has the potential to be contaminated with salmonella. No illnesses have been reported and no other Diamond manufactured products are affected.

ALERT: Undeclared Milk in Knott's Berry Farm Cookies

Biscomerica Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk in it's Knott's Berry Farm 12/8/2 Boysenberry Cookies #59680, Bluberry Cookies #59675, Raspberry Cookies #59670 Strawberry Cookies #59695. Link

Biscomerica Corp. is recalling its Knott's Berry Farm 12/8/2 display cartons as described in our product description (item numbers # 59680 Boysenberry, #59675 Blueberry, # 59670 Raspberry and # 59695 Strawberry). Each carton contains eight 2 ounce packages of Knott's Berry Farm cookies.

Kraft Foods Voluntary Recall Planters Cocktail Peanuts

Kraft Foods Voluntarily Recalls Single Code Date of Planters Cocktail Peanuts
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Kraft Foods Group, Inc. is voluntarily recalling one code date of Planters Cocktail Peanuts sold in 12 oz canisters (code date 09-Jan-14, UPC 2900007212) because there is a possibility that the product was exposed to water not intended for use in food during the production process.

RECALL: Stuffed Potato Product Due To Undeclared Allergens

Michigan Firm Recalls Stuffed Potato Product with Beef Filling Due To Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens 
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Al Baghdadi Food Inc., a Hazel Park, Mich. establishment is recalling approximately 5,400 pounds of a stuffed potato product with beef filling because of misbranding and undeclared allergens. The product contains soy and milk, which are known allergens not declared on the label.

Recall and Food Safety Alert

A couple of situations for your consideration:
 
http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm296983.htm
Whole Foods Market issues allergy alert for undeclared walnuts in Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies – Distributed in Texas 
http://www.fsis.usda.gov/News_&_Events/Recall_016_2012_Release/index.asp
Texas Firm Recalls Beef Sausage Products due to Possible Listeria Contamination

RECALL: Gerber Good Start Infant Formula

Gerber Products Company is proactively retrieving and offering a replacement to consumers who purchased Gerber® Good Start® Gentle powdered infant formula 23.2 ounce plastic package from batch GXP1684 expiration date of March 5, 2013. The product poses no health or safety risk.
 
Product Labels: Link

RECALL: Non-alcoholic Malta Beverages

Voluntary Recall Of Goya, Great Value, Hatuey, Mr. Special, Polar, Publix, Regal, And SuperMax Brand Malta Beverages In 7-oz Bottles Due To Possible Health Risk Link

The Florida Brewery, Inc. is recalling certain lots of Goya, Great Value, Hatuey, Mr. Special, Polar, Publix, Regal, and SuperMax brand non-alcoholic malta beverages packaged in 7-oz bottles because glass on the exterior of the bottles may break when the twist-off cap is removed from the bottle and can result in cuts to the mouth. To date, the Company has received two reports of consumers experiencing cuts to the mouth.


 Product Labels: Link

RECALL: Meat and Poultry

AA Meat Products Corporation, a Maywood, Calif. establishment, is recalling an undetermined amount of meat and poultry products because they may have been produced without the benefit of federal inspection.
 
Product Labels: Link

ALLERGY ALERT: Eggs in Bin Bin Snow Rice Cracker

Summit Import Corp., at 100 Summit Place, Jersey City, New Jersey, is recalling Bin Bin Snow Rice Cracker 5.3oz Pack and Bin Bin Rice Cracker 15.8oz Bulk Pack because the affected products contain egg which are not declared on the label. Consumers who are allergic to eggs may run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reactions if they consume this product.

RECALL: Cruller Bakery Pastries Distributed in Walmart Due To Mislabeled Milk Allergen

Walmart recalled its eight-count packages of Cruller bakery pastries because the common name of milk was not listed following sodium caseinate, a milk derivative, on the ingredient label. People who have milk allergies that do not recognize sodium caseinate as a milk derivative run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reactions if they consume the product.

RECALL: Strawberry Jam & Peanut Butter Snack Size Sandwich Bars

Nest Collective ™ announced today that it is voluntarily recalling 8150 selling units of its Jammy Sammy™ - Strawberry Jam & Peanut Butter Flavor Snack Size Sandwich Bars due to a mislabeled inner wrapper. The cartons contain the best by date June 28, 2012 and are marked with the following universal product code (UPC) #89676600116 6 located on the bottom of the package.

RECALL: Prepared Salads that Contain Hard Cooked Eggs

Allison’s Gourmet Kitchens was notified by their egg supplier, Michael Foods, Inc. that they are recalling numerous lots of their hard cooked eggs due to the potential for contamination by Listeria monocytogenes. Some of these eggs were introduced into our process to manufacture these effected products.

Product Labels: Link

Recalls on 2 products from China: W&C International Import, Inc

W & C International Import Inc. Issues an Alert on Un-eviscerated "Rely" Sardine Anchovies


W & C International Import Inc. is recalling "Rely" Sardine Anchovies because the product was found to be un-eviscerated. The recalled "Rely" Sardine Anchovies were distributed nationwide in 7.0 oz. plastic packages. The "Rely" Sardine Anchovies are a product of China.

The recalled “Rely” Sardine Anchovies were distributed nationwide in 7.0 oz. plastic packages.  The “Rely” Sardine Anchovies are a product of China.

 The “Rely” Sardine Anchovies were sampled by a New York State Department of Agriculture Food Inspector during inspection.  Subsequent analysis of the product by New York State Food Laboratory personnel confirmed that the “Rely” Sardine Anchovies were not properly eviscerated prior to processing.

 The sale of un-eviscerated fish is prohibited under New York State Agriculture and Markets regulations because Clostridium Botulinum spores are more likely to be concentrated in the viscera than any other portion of the fish.  Uneviscerated fish have been linked to outbreaks of botulium poisoning.

 This product may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum spores, which can cause Botulism, a serious and potentially fatal food-borne illness.  Symptoms of botulism include blurred or double vision, general weakness, poor reflexes, difficulty in swallowing and respiratory paralysis.


W & C International Import Inc. Issues An Alert On Un-Eviscerated "Rely" Dried Yellow Croaker


W & C International Import Inc. is recalling "Rely" Dried Yellow Croaker because the product was found to be un-eviscerated. The recalled "Rely" Dried Yellow Croaker was distributed nationwide in bulk cardboard boxes.

The “Rely” Dried Yellow Croaker was sampled by a New York State Department of Agriculture Food Inspector during inspection. Subsequent analysis of the product by New York State Food Laboratory personnel confirmed that the “Rely” Dried Yellow Croaker was not properly eviscerated prior to processing.

The sale of un-eviscerated fish is prohibited under New York State Agriculture and Markets regulations because Clostridium Botulinum spores are more likely to be concentrated in the viscera than any other portion of the fish. Uneviscerated fish have been linked to outbreaks of botulium poisioning.

RECALL: Certain Lots of Walgreen's 13 Oz. Chocolate-Covered RaisinsMay Contain Peanuts, Almonds, Soy Due to Packaging Error

Walgreen Co. is voluntarily recalling certain lots of 13-oz. Walgreens Chocolate-Covered Raisins because the packages may contain Walgreens Bridge Mix with peanut, almond and soy ingredients.

The error occurred when Walgreens Bridge Mix was mistakenly packaged with the Walgreens Chocolate-Covered Raisin labeling.

 Walgreen Co. has already instructed stores to stop selling the affected product, which can be identified as a blue and white plastic bag with chocolate-covered raisins pictured on the front and the following identifying information on the back label: best by date of "Oct 42012A1", UPC number 04902245661, and item number 280217.

The affected product was distributed through Walgreen Co. distribution centers in Arizona, Connecticut and California and to Walgreens retail stores in the Northeastern and Western United States.