Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Garden Fresh Foods, Inc. Expanded Recalls on Specific Packages of Products Because of Possible Health Risk

Garden-Fresh Foods is initiating an expansion to our voluntary recall on various ready-to-eat salads, slaw, and dip products sold under various brands and code dates. The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Products are sold in various size containers (6oz to 18oz packages). The products were distributed in the following states: TX, FL, MA, MO, MI, PA, AZ, CA and other states. Products were distributed to retail stores and food services.

For a complete list of products listed in this recall visit the FDA website.

Specific Lots of P.F. Chang's Home Menu Pork and Leek Dumpling Frozen Appetizers Recalled Due to Undeclared Allergen

A limited number of P.F. Chang's Home Menu Pork and Leek Dumpling frozen appetizer sold at retail in 12.5 ounce bags is being recalled due to the possible presence of undeclared allergens, crustacean shellfish (shrimp) and fish (pollock).

This recall does not affect any P.F. Chang's restaurants. No other P.F. Chang's® brand products are affected by this limited voluntary recall.

The packaging indicates that the product is distributed by Unilever, based in Englewood Cliffs, NJ, because Unilever produces the P.F. Chang's Home Menu Pork and Leek Dumpling Frozen Appetizers for retail sale by ConAgra Foods.

The products were produced from May 8, 2013 through May 9, 2013 and distributed to retail establishments in the following states: Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Utah and many other states. 

For complete information regarding this recall, UPC codes and LOT codes, visit the FDA website.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Bubbles Baking Co. Issues an Allergen Alert for Undeclared Milk and Soy in First Street Label Blueberry Muffins

Bubbles Baking Co. is voluntarily recalling 9,229 cases of Blueberry Muffin 14 oz and Blueberry Loaf Cake 16 oz. due to undeclared milk and soy allergen. People who have allergies to milk and soy run the risk of serious or life-threatening reactions if they consume these products.

The Muffins and Loaf Cakes were distributed to Smart & Final Stores only in the following states: California and Arizona. For more information regarding this recall visit the FDA website.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

General Mills Announces Voluntary Recall of Limited Quantity of Refrigerated Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls With Icing

General Mills announced today a voluntary Class II recall of a limited quantity of refrigerated Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls with Icing.

No other flavors or varieties of Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls or Pillsbury dough products are being recalled. Pillsbury Flaky Cinnamon Rolls and Pillsbury Grands! Cinnamon Rolls are not included in this recall.

This action is being taken as a precaution because the dough may contain fragments from a broken piece of plastic on the production line. These products are sold in grocery stores nationally. For complete information regarding this recall visit the FDA website.

GoPicnic Brands Announces Voluntary Recall of Limited Quantity Vegan Meals Due to Undeclared Milk Allergen

GoPicnic Brands, Inc. is voluntarily recalling two vegan ready-­to-­eat meals, GoPicnic Black Bean Dip & Plantain Chips and Hummus & Crackers, containing Professor Zim Zam’s Extraordinary Sweets Dark Chocolate with Orange and Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt. The chocolate products in these meals may contain an undeclared milk allergen.
People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of serious or life-­threatening allergic reaction if they consume the chocolate in the voluntarily recalled meals. 

Product was distributed nationwide through retail stores and direct delivery. For Best By Date codes and Lot codes, regarding this recall, visit the FDA website. 

FDA Explores Impact of Arsenic in Rice

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has taken a major step towards learning whether levels of arsenic in rice and rice products pose a risk to public health.

The agency has collected a total of more than 1,300 samples of rice and rice products and has tested them for both total arsenic and inorganic arsenic, the more toxic form. FDA scientists have determined that the levels of inorganic arsenic found in the samples are too low to cause immediate health damage.

For the complete story visit the FDA website.

Cains Foods Issues an Allergen Alert for Undeclared Milk and Egg in Olde Cape Cod Chipotle Ranch Dressing

Cains Foods is recalling 2,273 six-pack cases of 16 oz. Olde Cape Cod Chipotle Ranch dressing with a "Best By" date of Nov. 30, 2014 because it may contain undeclared milk and egg. People who have allergies to milk and egg run the risk of serious or life-threatening reactions if they consume products containing these ingredients.

The recall was initiated after it was discovered a small portion of the production run contains an incorrect back panel label for "Light Raspberry Vinaigrette & Marinade" dressing. This label does not list the presence of milk and egg.

The dressing was distributed to stores in the following states:  Arizona, California, Colorado, Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, New Mexico,  Tennessee and many other states. 

For more information regarding this recall visit the FDA website.

FDA Builds on Experience and Cooperation to Respond to Foodborne Illness Outbreaks

By: Kathleen Gensheimer, MD, MPH

Two years ago, FDA put the Coordinated Outbreak Response and Evaluation (CORE) Network in place to improve the response to outbreaks of foodborne illness. In fact, the very day FDA announced the group’s formation, CORE was already responding to one of the deadliest foodborne illness outbreaks in decades. Sadly, that outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes linked to cantaloupe caused 33 deaths. However, through the coordinated efforts of the FDA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local governments, the outbreak was stopped and lives were saved.

Just before the Labor Day weekend in 2011, Colorado state health officials announced that the number of listeriosis cases in that state was three times more than normal for August. FDA worked with the CDC and state partners on the issue and it was suspected that illnesses, spread over several states, might be linked to Colorado-grown cantaloupe.  

FDA quickly mobilized its field investigators and subject matter experts. Cantaloupe samples FDA collected from stores were found to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. FDA reviewed records to determine the potential growers of these cantaloupes. Investigators from FDA and the state of Colorado inspected one of these growers, Jensen Farms, and collected cantaloupe samples and swabs of surfaces at the Jensen Farms packing house. Those samples were found to contain Listeria monocytogenes with the same DNA fingerprint that had been isolated from people who became ill. Shortly afterwards, Jensen Farms began a product recall. 

For the full story visit the FDA blog.


Thursday, September 5, 2013

Chobani, Inc. Voluntarily Recalls Greek Yogurt Because of Product Concerns

Chobani, Inc., of Twin Falls, Idaho is voluntarily recalling Greek Yogurt.
The company has ceased the distribution of the product due to reports of product bloating and swelling and some claims of illness as the company continues its investigation to identify the root cause.
The potentially affected product was distributed nationwide from its Twin Falls, Idaho facility and was delivered to consumers through retail and club stores.
The products subject to recall are identified as follows:
Best By Date Codes: Sept 11-13 (four digit time stamp) to Oct 07-13 (four digit time stamp).

Chobani Branded Products: 
Chobani 6 oz. cups – all flavors
Chobani 16 oz. tubs – all flavors
Chobani 32 oz. tubs – all flavors
Chobani 3.5 oz. cups – all flavors
Chobani Bite™ 3.5 oz. cups – all flavors
Chobani Flip™ 5.3 oz. containers – all flavors
Chobani Champions® cups 3.5 oz. – all flavors
Chobani Champions® tubes 2.25 oz., 8, 16 and 36 count – all flavors

For a list of recalled products regarding this recall visit the FDA website.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Nestlé Purina Voluntarily Recalls Limited Number of Purina ONE beyOnd Our White Meat Chicken & Whole Barley Recipe Adult Dry Dog Food Bags Due to a Potential Health Risk

St. Louis, Missouri, Nestlé Purina PetCare Company (NPPC) is voluntarily recalling a limited number of 3.5-pound bags of its Purina ONE beyOnd Our White Meat Chicken & Whole Barley Recipe Adult Dry Dog Food from a single production run and shipped to retail customers in the United States. This is being done because one bag of the product was found to be contaminated with Salmonella.
Only Purina ONE beyOnd Our White Meat Chicken & Whole Barley Recipe Adult Dry Dog Food with both the "Best By" date and the production code shown below are included in this voluntary recall:
Bag Size
3.5 lb.
"Best By" Date & Production Code*
OCT 2014 31071083
UPC Code
17800 12679
 
No additional Purina or Purina ONE dog or cat products are involved in this voluntary recall at this time. No salmonella-related illness has been reported to date in association with this product. Visit the FDA website for more information.

Texas Firm Recalls Canned Pasta Due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allergen

Campbell’s Soup Supply Company LLC, a Paris, TX establishment, is recalling 1,920 cans (approximately 1,740 pounds) of SpaghettiOs with Meatballs due to misbranding and undeclared allergens. The SpaghettiOs product is formulated with wheat, soy, and milk, known allergens.  However, the product was released with a Swanson 100% Natural Chicken Broth label, which does not declare the allergens.

The products were produced on July 24, 2013 and were sold in Texas and other states. The product was sold at retail only.

For a product list and establishment number, regarding this recall, visit the FSIS website.

California Firm Recalls Pork Products Due To Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens

Westlake Foods, a Santa Ana, Calif., establishment, is recalling a total of approximately 69,123 pounds of cured pork products because of misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The products contain wheat and soy, known allergens which are not declared on the labels.

Recall 046-2013 is being expanded to include the following products:
  • 12-lb. blocks of “PATE GAN TAY HO LIVERWURST SPREAD” distributed in cases for restaurant and wholesale use nationwide.
  • 6-oz. cups of “PATE GAN TAY HO LIVERWURST SPREAD” distributed at retail, restaurants and wholesale locations nationwide.
For a complete list of products and labels visit the FSIS website.

Amport Foods Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Peanuts Mislabeled as Milk Chocolate Raisins

American Importing Co, Inc. (d/b/a Amport Foods) of Minneapolis, MN is voluntarily recalling one lot of Amport Milk Chocolate Raisins because they may contain undeclared peanuts. People who have an allergy or sensitivity to peanuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

This product was distributed to Albertsons, Farm Fresh/Supervalu, Hy-Vee and The Kroger Co. stores in the Mid-Atlantic, Midwest and West.

This recall is based on a discovery that a container of Milk Chocolate Peanuts was erroneously labeled as Milk Chocolate Raisins.

For information regarding this recall visit the FDA website.

Goldenfeast® Inc. Recalls Bird Food Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination from Parsley

Goldenfeast® Inc. is recalling several exotic bird food blends due to possible contamination of Salmonella from parsley flake ingredients supplied to Goldenfeast® Inc. by Specialty Commodities, Inc., an outside supplier to Goldenfeast® Inc.

Recalled products were distributed to retailers and distributors in the states of: Arizona, California, Colorado, Texas and many other states. No other Goldenfeast® Inc. products are affected by this voluntary recall.

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