Thursday, September 27, 2012

UPDATED Sunland, Inc. Announces an Expansion of its Voluntarily Limited Recall of Almond Butter and Peanut Butter To Add Cashew Butter, Tahini and Roasted Blanched Peanut Products Due to Possible Health Risk

Sunland, Inc. today announced a voluntary recall of its Almond Butter and Peanut Butter, which it has now expanded to include its Cashew Butter, Tahini and Roasted Blanched Peanut Products. This recall is limited to products manufactured between May 1, 2012 and September 24, 2012. These products may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The voluntary recall was initiated after learning that between June 11, 2012 and September 2, 2012, twenty-nine people reported Salmonella Bredeney PFGE matching illnesses in approximately 18 states, including New Mexico, Arizona and Texas.

The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). No other Sunland products are affected by this recall.

The products were distributed nationally to numerous large supermarket chains and were available for purchase on the internet.

For a complete list of products and UPC codes included in this recall visit the FDA website.

General Mills Issues Voluntary Class One Recall of One Day's Production of Almond Nature Valley Sweet & Salty Nut Granola Bars

 General Mills is voluntarily recalling a single day's production of Almond Nature Valley Sweet & Salty Nut Granola Bars because of a labeling issue. Product produced on this date may have been packaged incorrectly, and may contain allergens not listed on the box's ingredient label, specifically peanuts.

A production error resulted in a limited number of properly labeled, individually wrapped Peanut Nature Valley Sweet & Salty Nut Granola Bar packages being inserted into 6-count boxes labeled as Almond Nature Valley Sweet & Salty Nut Granola Bars.
 
Consumers allergic to peanuts, or who are unsure of whether they are allergic to peanuts, should not consume Almond Nature Valley Sweet & Salty Nut Granola Bar products from 6-count boxes bearing the Better if Used By date 26FEB2013 on the top of the box, and should contact General Mills for replacement or a full refund.
 
Visit the FDA website for complete information.

Whole Foods Market Voluntarily Recalls Variety Of Peanut Butter Cookies In Four States Due To Possible Health Risk

Whole Foods Market is recalling 3oz peanut butter cookies and 3oz peanut butter chocolate chunk cookies sold in its self-serve pastry case, and mini peanut butter cookies sold in 12-pack paper bags due to possible Salmonella contamination in the peanut butter used as an ingredient.

The recalled cookies were sold before Sept. 29, 2012 in all Whole Foods Market stores in Texas and 3 other states. This cookie recall is in response to a recall by Sunland, Inc., whose recalled peanut butter has been connected to 29 illnesses in 18 states.

For a list of products and PLU codes visit the FDA website.

Forever Cheese Announces an Expanded Recall of Marte brand Ricotta Salata Frescolina for Possible Health Risk

 Forever Cheese Inc. is notifying consumers of their expanded recall of all Marte brand Ricotta Salata Frescolina cheese, originally announced on September 14, 2012 due to possible Listeria Monocytogenes contamination.

The cheese was sold to distributors for retailers and restaurants in CA, CO, NM, NV, TX, UT and 23 other states between September 1, 2011 and August 31, 2012. Products were sold to supermarkets, restaurants and wholesale distributors.

The cheese in question is Marte brand Frescolina Ricotta Salata, which is a product of Italy. The expanded recall, announced on September 14, 2012, includes ALL lots and ALL production codes. For a complete list of lot codes and production codes visit the FDA website.

Consumers may wish to follow up at the place they purchased the ricotta salata to ensure when it was cut or repacked that it was not relabeled. If the product was relabeled, consumers may not be able to determine if the cheese is Marte brand Ricotta Salata Frescolina.

FSIS Updates Public Health Alert for Imported Canadian Beef from XL Foods

The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is alerting the public that, in conducting standard recall effectiveness checks of U.S. domestic establishments receiving beef from XL Foods, Inc. (Canadian Establishment 038), the Agency discovered that whole muscle beef cuts produced on the same production dates as beef subject to recall in Canada were being used to produce raw ground products. Specifically, FSIS discovered that sub-primal materials (i.e., beef short ribs) produced on the same production dates as beef subject to recall in Canada were being used by a U.S. facility to manufacture other products and that the beef short ribs were being trimmed in order for the trim to be used to make ground beef.
FSIS has reason to believe, based on information provided by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), that beef from cattle slaughtered during the period associated with the recall exhibited an unusually high frequency of positive findings for the possible presence of E. coli O157:H7).

While the investigation continues, FSIS will provide information as it becomes available. The products subject to the Canadian recall were distributed to U.S. establishments in the following states: Texas, Utah and many other states.

Visit the FSIS website for complete details.

Maine Natural Health Company Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Allergens in Products containing Whey Protein Concentrate

Maine Natural Health is announcing a recall of Whey Protein Concentrates as the labels fail to declare the allergens: milk, shellfish and coconut.

The products can be identified by the following names.
  • Pure Whey in Maine Natural Health and Stronger Faster Healthier brands contains the allergen milk
  • Fortified and Endurance Daily in Stronger Faster Healthier contains the allergen milk.
  • Recovery (also labeled as Post Workout) and Rejuvenate in Maine Natural Health and Stronger Faster Healthier contains the allergens milk and glucosamine derived from crab shells.
  • Daily Balance, Endurance Daily, Endurance In Race, and Hunger and Weight in Stronger Faster Healthier contains the allergens milk and coconut fat that is derived from coconuts.
These products are distributed nationwide both directly to consumer via the internet and through retailers.

For more information visit the FDA website.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Sunland, Inc. Announces Voluntarily Limited Recall of Almond Butter and Peanut Butter Products Due to Possible Health Risk

Sunland, Inc. today announced a voluntary limited recall of its Almond Butter and Peanut Butter products, manufactured between May 1, 2012 and September 24, 2012, because these products may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The voluntary recall was initiated after learning that between June 11, 2012 and September 2, 2012, twenty-nine people reported Salmonella Bredeney PFGE matching illnesses in approximately 18 states, including Arizona, California and Texas.

The products were distributed nationally to numerous large supermarket chains.

For a complete list of products, UPC codes and Best-If-Used- By dates, visit the FDA website.

Maine Natural Health Company Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Allergens in Products containing Whey Protein Concentrate

Maine Natural Health is announcing a recall of Whey Protein Concentrates as the labels fail to declare the allergens: milk, shellfish and coconut.

The products can be identified by the following names.
  • Pure Whey in Maine Natural Health and Stronger Faster Healthier brands contains the allergen milk
  • Fortified and Endurance Daily in Stronger Faster Healthier contains the allergen milk.
  • Recovery (also labeled as Post Workout) and Rejuvenate in Maine Natural Health and Stronger Faster Healthier contains the allergens milk and glucosamine derived from crab shells.
  • Daily Balance, Endurance Daily, Endurance In Race, and Hunger and Weight in Stronger Faster Healthier contains the allergens milk and coconut fat that is derived from coconuts.

Stronger Faster Healthier and Maine Natural Health products are sold in the flavors of chocolate, natural, vanilla, lime, coconut and pina colada and in the two lb, 10 oz and 30 gram sizes. Products were sold since July 14, 2010 through August 31, 2012.
These products are distributed nationwide both directly to consumer via the internet and through retailers.
 
Visit the FDA website for complete details on this recall.

Hanover Pike Enterprises, Inc Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Margarine Containing Milk and Soy in Jams and Jellies

Hanover Pike Enterprises, INC of Hampstead, MD is notifying its customers that its 8 ounce and 4 ounce jars of Hot Pepper Jelly and Green Pepper Jelly and its 4 ounce and 9 ounce jars of Blackberry Brandy Jam and Peach Brandy Jam may contain undeclared milk and soy.

These items were distributed nationwide through retail stores and via the company website under the label “Jill’s Jams Mixes and More” or “Jill’s Jams and Jellies”.

Retail stores who have these products in inventory will be furnished with an additional label indicating these allergens as ingredients. Consumers with dairy or soy related allergies, who have purchased these products may return them to their place of purchase or contact the company at 410-239-7433 between the hours of 9-4 weekdays.

For complete infromation on this recall visit the FDA website.

Monday, September 24, 2012

FAQs About Arsenic Levels in Rice

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) monitors hundreds of foods and beverages that make up the average American diet. The agency looks for substances that could be harmful to consumers, including industrial chemicals, heavy metals, pesticide residues and radiation contamination.
Those dietary staples include rice and rice products, foods that FDA has specifically tested for the presence of inorganic arsenic, a chemical that under some circumstances has been associated with long-term health effects.
The agency has analyzed nearly 200 samples of rice and rice products and is collecting about 1,000 more. Since rice is processed into many products, these samples include rice products such as cereals, rice beverages and rice cakes.
Arsenic levels can vary greatly from sample to sample, even within the same product. FDA’s testing of the initial samples found these average levels of inorganic arsenic in micrograms (one millionth of a gram):
  • Rice (other than Basmati rice): 6.7 per 1 cup (cooked)
  • Rice cakes: 5.4 per 2 cakes
  • Rice beverages: 3.8 per 240 ml (some samples not tested for inorganic arsenic)
  • Rice cereals: 3.5 per 1 cup
  • Basmati rice: 3.5 per 1 cup cooked
Based on data and scientific literature available now, FDA is not recommending that consumers change their consumption of rice and rice products at this time, but that people eat a balanced diet containing a wide variety of grains.
 
For the complete article visit the FDA website.

Trader Joe’s Voluntarily Recalls Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter Because of Possible Health Risk

Trader Joe’s is voluntarily recalling its Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter because of potential contamination with Salmonella.

The recalled Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter was distributed to Trader Joe’s stores nationwide. The product comes in a 16 ounce, plastic jar with an expiration date of stamped below the lid. All code dates are included in this recall.

Visit the FDA website for more information on this recall.

Kasel Associated Industries Recalls Boots & Barkley American Beef

Kasel Associated Industries of Denver, CO is voluntarily recalling its BOOTS & BARKLEY 6 COUNT 5 INCH AMERICAN BEEF BULLY STICKS product because it may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The recalled American Beef Bully Sticks were distributed nationwide through Target retail stores from April through September 2012.

Consumers who have purchased the 6 count 5 inch packages of Boots & Barkley American Beef Bully Sticks are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Kasel Associated Industries at 1-800-218-4417 Monday thru Friday from 7am to 5pm MDT.

For bar code numbers and Best By dates included in this recall visit the FDA website.

Friday, September 21, 2012

FSIS Issues Public Health Alert for Imported Canadian Raw Boneless Beef Trim Products

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing a Public Health Alert for raw boneless beef trim products imported from Canada that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.
The company has notified its customers, including U.S. establishments that beef trim associated with the recall was shipped to them. The products subject to the Canadian recall were distributed to U.S. establishments in the following states: Texas, Utah and other states.

For complete information on this recall visit the FSIS website.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

GHSW, LLC Recalls Limited Quantity of Expired Fresh-Cut Mango Products Due to Possible Health Risk

GHSW, LLC of Houston, Texas is initiating a voluntary recall of a limited quantity of expired products that contain fresh-cut mangoes and are distributed to retail supermarkets due to the potential risk that the mangoes may contain Salmonella.

This recall is associated with Food Source’s recall of mangoes sourced from Agricola Daniella. The FDA has issued an Import Alert and advised consumers not to eat mangoes from Agricola Daniella.

The products listed in this recall were distributed through retail stores to 5 states, including Texas. For a complete list of states  and UPC codes included in this recall visit the FDA website.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

DFI Marketing Inc. Voluntarily Recalls Cantaloupe Because of the Possibility of Salmonella

DFI Marketing Inc. of Fresno, CA is voluntarily recalling cantaloupe because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella was found on a single sample of cantaloupe during routine testing conducted at a wholesale produce distribution center (terminal market) as part of a USDA testing program.

The cantaloupes were packed on August 26, 2012. The cantaloupes may have been distributed from August 27 to September 10, 2012 primarily to retail customers in the following states and one country: Arizona, Colorado, Texas and many other states, and Mexico.

For specific information on how to identify the product visit the FDA website.

Whole Foods Market recalls cheese in 21 states and Washington, D.C.

Whole Foods Market announces that it is recalling ricotta salata sold in 21 states and Washington, D.C. that came from its supplier Forever Cheese Inc. of Long Island City, NY.  Forever Cheese recalled this cheese product because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The recalled Ricotta Salata Frescolina brand cheese was cut into wedges, packaged in clear plastic wrap and sold with a Whole Foods Market scale label using PLU 293427.  All “sell by” dates through Oct. 2 are affected. Fourteen illnesses have been reported which may be associated with the Frescolina recall.

Whole Foods Market stores in the following states are affected by this recall: Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and many other states. For a complete list of states and complete information on this recall visit the FDA website.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Forever Cheese Recalls Ricotta Salata Frescolina Brand for Possible Health Risk

Forever Cheese inc. is recalling all Ricotta Salata Frescolina brand, Forever Cheese, from one specific production date due to possible Listeria Monocytogenes contamination.

The cheese was sold to distributors for retailers and restaurants in CO, NM, and many other states between June 20 and August 9, 2012. Products were sold to supermarkets, restaurants and wholesale distributors.

The cheese in question is Ricotta Salata brand Frescolina from one production date coded 441202 on the original wheel. There have been 14 reported illnesses in 11 states which may be related to this.  
For more information on this recall and lot code number, visit the FDA website.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Dawn Food Products Inc. Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk and Soy in Sam's Club Chunky Cinnamon Streusel

Dawn Food Products, Inc. is recalling 251, 25-pound buckets of Sam’s Club Chunky Cinnamon Streusel because it may contain undeclared milk and soy allergens.

Sam’s Club Chunky Cinnamon Streusel was distributed from July 23, 2012 to September 7, 2012 in Sam's Club distribution centers in Texas and Utah.

The product is sold in 25-pound round, white plastic pails with specific lot codes. For a list of these codes and complete infromation on the allergy alert visit the FDA website.

Eco Health, Inc Recalls Product Because Of Possible Health Risk

ECO HEALTH, INC of Chatsworth, CA is recalling its florAlign PREBIOTIC FORMULA (POWDER).

This PREBIOTIC FORMULA was marketed under the name florAlign PREBIOTIC FORMULA. (Please note that this recall does not effect the ECO HEALTH, INC PROBIOTIC FORMULA which is a capsule marketed also under the FlorAlign Label). 

The PREBIOTIC FORMULA ONLY is being recalled because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

The florAlign PREBIOTIC FORMULA was distributed within the United States (throughout the nation) via direct to consumer marketing (mail order, internet and direct delivery).

For more information regarding this recall visit the FDA website.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Somersault Snack Co. Issues Allergy Alert on a Limited Number of Packages of Somersaults Pacific Sea Salt 6oz.

Somersault Snack Co., LLC, in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is voluntarily recalling a limited number of packages of Somersaults Pacific Sea Salt 6oz. that were inadvertently mispackaged —limited quantities of Somersaults Santa Fe Salsa flavored product were inadvertently commingled with Somersaults Pacific Sea Salt flavored product in packages labeled as Somersaults Pacific Sea Salt 6oz. The inadvertent commingling of these two products introduced another allergen (milk) to the Somersaults Pacific Sea Salt 6oz. packages, and that allergen (milk) is not listed on the packaging as either an ingredient or an allergen.

Somersault Snack Co. will work with retail customers to ensure that the recalled products are removed from store shelves. In the event that consumers believe they have purchased products affected by this voluntary recall, they should return the product to the store where it was purchased for a full refund. Consumers or customers with questions may call 415-275-1247 for more information.

For complete information on this recall visit the FDA website.

Manna Organics Recalls Tofu and Sprouts Because of Possible Health Risks

 Manna Organics, Inc. of Newark, NJ, is recalling various soybean sprouts and tofu products listed in the table below because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The recalled products were distributed to various restaurants, retailers, and distributors in TX and other states on or after July 17, 2012.

For a complete list of products and UPC codes visit the FDA website.

Ready Pac Announces Voluntary Recall of Fresh Cut Fruit Products Containing Mangoes Because of Possible Health Risk

Ready Pac Foods, Inc. of Irwindale, California is voluntarily recalling, out of an abundance of caution, packaged fruit products containing mangoes, distributed through August 30th 2012, with Use-by Dates as listed below since they contain Daniella Brand mangoes, which have been recalled by supplier Splendid Products, due to potential contamination with Salmonella Braenderup.

The voluntary recall extends only to the products with the Use-by Dates listed on the FDA website and sold in the following states: Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Utah, and many other states. Some of the products listed on this recall were distributed in Walmart®, Safeway®, and Starbucks® stores in New Mexico, Colorado, Texas, and Arizona.