Friday, June 28, 2013

Campylobacter Outbreak Linked to Raw Milk from Jaloszynski Farm (US/MN)

Minnesota state health and agriculture officials reported yesterday that routine disease surveillance has detected at least six illnesses linked to consumption of raw dairy products from the Dennis Jaloszynski dairy farm, near Cambridge, Minnesota.
According to epidemiologists with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), the illnesses include three people with laboratory confirmation of a bacterium called Campylobacter jejuni.
The illnesses were reported to MDH by health care providers as required under Minnesota law. When MDH contacted the individuals to inquire about potential causes of their illnesses, the ill people reported that they had consumed raw milk from the Jaloszynski Farm.
Minnesota Department of Agriculture inspectors visited the farm to determine how many customers were purchasing the milk to notify them of the outbreak. Because the owner did not have a customer list, a consumer advisory is being issued.
Anyone who may have purchased or received raw milk from this farm should not drink it but should throw it away.
"We're concerned that people may be continuing to get sick after consuming products from this farm," said Trisha Robinson, a foodborne illness epidemiologist with MDH.

"While we are very concerned about the illnesses associated with this farm, this also is about the inherent risk for foodborne illness from any raw milk consumption," Robinson said. "Drinking raw milk or eating products made from raw milk can expose you to a variety of pathogens that can result in anything from a few days of diarrhea to kidney failure and death. People need to think carefully about those risks before consuming raw dairy products from any source, and people need to know that the risks are especially high for young children."

Common symptoms of Campylobacter infection include fever, diarrhea (sometimes bloody), abdominal pain, malaise, and vomiting. Symptoms often begin 2-5 days after consumption of contaminated food. Symptoms last for about a week in most people but can last for up to three weeks in 20 percent of cases. In addition, Campylobacter infection occasionally results in complications such as arthritis and Guillain Barré syndrome, which is characterized by sudden onset of paralysis. Anyone who believes they may have become ill with Campylobacter should contact their health care provider.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Oskri is Expanding the Recall of Fig Dark Chocolate Bars to Include Additional Lots. Lot: 161 through 164 Oskri Recalls “Coconut Bar Dark Chocolate”, “Coconut Bar Dark Chocolate Minis”, “Fig Dark Chocolate Bars” and “Almond Dark Chocolate Bars” Because of Undeclared Milk.

OSKRI Corp. of Lake Mills, WI is recalling “Coconut Bar Dark Chocolate”, “Coconut Bar Dark Chocolate Minis”, “Fig Dark Chocolate Bars” and “Almond Dark Chocolate Bars” because the dark chocolate contains milk. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

The recalled “Coconut Bar Dark Chocolate”, “Coconut Bar Dark Chocolate Minis”, “Fig Dark Chocolate Bars” and “Almond Dark Chocolate Bars” was distributed nationwide to retail stores.

For complete information regarding this recall visit the FDA website.

Natura Pet Issues Voluntary Recall of Specialized Dry Pet Foods Due to Possible Health Risk

Natura Pet Products is voluntarily recalling specific lots of dry pet food because it has the potential to be contaminated withSalmonella.

These products were packaged in a single production facility. During routine FDA testing, a single lot tested positive for the presence of Salmonella. There have been no reports of pet or human illness associated with this product. In an abundance of caution, Natura is voluntarily recalling all products with expiration dates prior to June 10, 2014.

The affected products are sold in bags through veterinary clinics, select pet specialty retailers, and online in the United States and Canada. No canned wet food is affected by this announcement.

For a list of affected products, LOT and UPC codes, visit the FDA website.

Oskri Recalls “Coconut Bar Dark Chocolate”, “Coconut Bar Dark Chocolate Minis”, “Fig Dark Chocolate Bars” and “Almond Dark Chocolate Bars” Because of Undeclared Milk

OSKRI Corp. of Lake Mills, WI is recalling “Coconut Bar Dark Chocolate”, “Coconut Bar Dark Chocolate Minis”, “Fig Dark Chocolate Bars” and “Almond Dark Chocolate Bars” because the dark chocolate contains milk. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

The recalled “Coconut Bar Dark Chocolate”, “Coconut Bar Dark Chocolate Minis”, “Fig Dark Chocolate Bars” and “Almond Dark Chocolate Bars” was distributed nationwide to retail stores.

The product comes in a 1.9 ounce, flexible plastic wrapper. For UPC codes provided in this recall visit the FDA website.

See’s Candies, Inc. Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Nuts & Eggs in Milk and Dark Raisins

See’s Company of San Francisco is recalling all Milk and Dark Raisins because it may contain undeclared tree nuts and eggs. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to tree nuts (e.g.: almonds, walnuts, pecans, cashews) and/or eggs run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

Product was distributed nationwide through See’s Candies Retail Stores, Licensees and Mail Order. The product is sold bulk and packaged at the stores in 8oz clear cellophane bags.

Visit the FDA website for a list of UPC codes provided in this recall.

Vega Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk in Vega One Bars and Vega Sport Protein Bars

Sequel Naturals Ltd. Dba “Vega” is voluntarily recalling a limited quantity of nutrition bars due to finding trace amounts of milk in some lot codes.

People who have severe sensitivity or allergies to milk may run the risk of a serious or life threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. There has been one reported allergic reaction.

The bars are sold nationwide. They do not pose any risk to the general population without milk allergies.

For a complete list of LOT codes visit the FDA website.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Hartz Mountain Corporation is Voluntarily Recalling One Specific Lot of 1.2 oz. Size of Wardley Betta Fish Food Due to Possible Health Risk

The Hartz Mountain Corporation, located in Secaucus, N.J. is voluntarily recalling one specific lot of Wardley Betta Fish Food 1.2 oz. size due to concerns that one or more containers within the lot may have been potentially contaminated with Salmonella.

The product was shipped nationwide from May 13, 2013 through June 4, 2013. In total, 8,112 1.2-oz. plastic containers of Wardley Betta Fish Food. For a UPC number and LOT codes, visit the FDA website.

Alabama Firm Recalls Beef Jerky Products Due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allergen

Hickory Hollow Jerky, LLC, a Eufaula, Ala. establishment, is recalling approximately 1,800 pounds of flavored beef jerky products because of misbranding and an undeclared allergen. The products contain Worcestershire sauce, and fish (anchovy paste) is a subcomponent. Fish is a known allergen, which is not declared on the product label.

The products were produced on various dates between Dec. 4, 2012 and June 4, 2013 and were sold nationwide. The product was sold at retail and over the Internet. 

For a list of products included in this recall visit the FSIS website.

Julian’s Recipe Issues Voluntary Withdrawal of European Style Pretzel Baguette Boxes at Heb Stores in Texas

Julian’s Recipe, LLC., in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is voluntarily withdrawing its European Style Pretzel Baguette packages from HEB Stores in Texas. Certain packages of Pretzel Baguettes may contain Julian’s European Style Multigrain Garlic Baguettes, which are made with soy flour. The affected boxes of European Style Pretzel Baguettes were only shipped to HEB Stores in Texas.

For complete information on this recall, visit the FDA website.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

UPDATED RELEASE #2 Harris Teeter Lot Code and Best By Correction Townsend Farms Voluntarily Recalls Limited Lots of Frozen Organic Antioxidant Blend Products Due To Possible Health Risk

Townsend Farms, Inc. of Fairview, Oregon, has announced that it is voluntarily recalling certain lots of its frozen Organic Antioxidant Blend, out of an abundance of caution, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Hepatitis A virus, based on an ongoing epidemiological and traceback investigation by the FDA and the CDC of an illness outbreak. No other Townsend Farms products, frozen or fresh, are covered by this voluntary recall or linked to the illness outbreak at this time. This release confirms the correct Lot codes for Harris Teeter Products.

The product was sold at Costco warehouse stores under the product name Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend, 3 lb. bag.

Visit the FDA website for a complete list of UPC and LOT codes. 5 states have been impacted: Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona, and California.  

General Mills Voluntarily Recalls Single-Serve Reduced-Sugar Cinnamon Toast Crunch Bowlpak sold in Foodservice Establishments

General Mills announced today a voluntary Class I recall of a small quantity of single-serve reduced-sugar Cinnamon Toast Crunch bowlpak sold in foodservice establishments. 

This action is being taken as a precaution because the company was notified by an ingredient supplier that it had recalled an ingredient due to the possible presence of salmonella.

No Other Varieties or Sizes of Cinnamon Toast Crunch Are Involved


Visit the FDA website regarding this recall.

Prime Food USA Issues an Alert On Listeria In Latis Brand Seafood Products

Prime Food USA  is recalling Latis Brand Seafood Products due to confirmed and suspected contamination with listeria monocytogenes.

The recalled Latis Brand Seafood products are packaged in various sizes plastic oval type containers. All container sizes are affected. The UPC numbers for the products begin with 75100407.... .The product was sold nationwide.

For more information visit the FDA website.

Monday, June 3, 2013

FDA Investigates Multistate Outbreak of Hepatitis A Illnesses Potentially Associated with a Frozen Food Blend

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local officials are investigating a multi-state outbreak of Hepatitis A illnesses potentially associated with a frozen food blend. We are moving quickly to learn as much as possible and prevent additional people from becoming ill. We recognize that people will be concerned about this outbreak, and we will continue to provide updates and advice.

What is the Problem and What is Being Done About It?
The FDA, the CDC, and state and local officials are investigating a multi-state outbreak of Hepatitis A illnesses potetially associated with Townsend Farms Organic Anti-Oxidant Blend, a frozen blend containing pomegranate seed mix.

As of May 31, 2013, 30 people infected with Hepatitis A have been reported from 5 states: Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona, and California.  
 
Through interviews with ill patients, the CDC has reported that 11 of 17 patients interviewed thus far recalled eating Townsend Farms Organic Anti-Oxidant Blend.
FDA has begun an inspection of the processing facilities of Townsend Farms of Fairview, Oregon.

To read more about this outbreak, visit the FDA website.

International Desserts ISSUES ALLERGY ALERT ON UNDECLARED Walnuts IN Uncle Eddies Vegan Oatmeal Chocolate Cookies

International Desserts of Glendale, California is recalling Uncle Eddies Vegan Oatmeal Chocolate Cookies in 12 oz bags, because it may contain undeclared walnuts.

Uncle Eddies Vegan Oatmeal Chocolate Cookies was distributed nationwide to retail grocers.

For further information on this recall visit the FDA website.

Cheryl's Issues A Voluntary Nationwide Recall On Its 1.6 oz. Buttercream Frosted Cinnamon Pumpkin Cookies Due To Undlecared Peanuts

Cheryl’s of Westerville, Ohio is recalling 10,588 individually wrapped 1.6 oz. Buttercream Frosted Cinnamon Pumpkin Cookies because the wrapper on these affected cookies may not specifically state that the cookie contains Peanuts, a known allergen. Our investigation revealed that some of the packages of our Buttercream Frosted Cinnamon Pumpkin Cookies actually contained our Fudge Buttercream Frosted Peanut Butter Cookie.

The 1.6 oz. Buttercream Frosted Cinnamon Pumpkin Cookies were sold at Cheryl’s retail stores located in Columbus and Dayton, Ohio and nationwide via Cheryl’s website during the months of April and May, 2013.

For more information regarding this recall visit the FDA website.