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RECENT FOOD RECALLS

Welcome to the Food Recall webpage. This page is maintained by the Environmental Health Division of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health in order to provide consumers with the latest information about food recalls affecting the County. In addition to posting details about recalls on this page, Environmental Health actively follows up on reports of adulterated food, auditing retailers to ensure that all contaminated products have been removed from store's shelves. Please bookmark this page or follow us on twitter at LAPublicHealth for frequent updates.

Consumers who have any of these products in their possession should return the product to the place of purchase or see full press release for details for disposition.

If you believe that you became sick from eating or drinking something, you can file a report by clicking this link Food Illness, or by calling 1-888-397-3993.

 

February 15, 2018

Consumers Warned about Certain Cactus Imported from Mexico due to Health Risk

Date: February 14, 2018
Number: 18-012
Contact: Corey Egel | 916.440.7259 | cdphpress@cdph.ca.gov

SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) today warned people not to eat cactus pads, or nopales, imported from Mexico sold at specific retail and wholesale locations around the state due to the presence of unapproved pesticides.

Routine surveillance samples collected by DPR inspectors found various pesticides, including dimethoate, omethoate, monocrotophos and methidathion, at levels that pose a health risk to humans. Both monocrotophos and methidathion have been banned for food use in the United States for several years.

"Anyone feeling ill after consuming cactus products should consult their health care provider," said CDPH Director and State Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith. "The symptoms of acute poisoning may include sweating, headache, weakness, nausea, vomiting, hypersalivation, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea. Consumption of monocrotophos can lead to neurotoxicity and permanent nerve damage."

DPR sampled contaminated cactus pads that were offered for sale to consumers and wholesale customers between January 23-29 at the following locations:

  • Rancho San Miguel Markets, Madera
  • La Monarca Market, Lower Lake
  • FreshPoint Central California, Turlock
  • Arteaga's Food Center, Sacramento
  • Stater Bros. Distribution Center, San Bernardino
  • S&L Wholesale Produce, San Francisco

DPR immediately removed the cactus pads it could locate from store shelves and distribution centers. The items were quarantined or destroyed so that they do not pose a threat to consumers. However, DPR believes it is possible that some of the cactus pads may have been sold to other stores in California, Nevada and Oregon. The tainted produce was packaged with the brand names "Mexpogroup Fresh Produce," "Aramburo," or "Los Tres Huastecos."

"Many Californians eat cactus as part of their diet, but the pesticide levels we have found at some specific locations are concerning," said Brian Leahy, DPR director. "We are not aware of any illnesses that have been reported to date, but we suggest that anyone who bought this product from these locations recently, return it to the place of purchase or dispose of it in the garbage."

Washing or peeling the cactus is not effective and people should not try to salvage any of this contaminated produce.

CDPH and CDPR have alerted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration about the issue. Consumers that observe the product being offered for sale are encouraged to report the activity to the CDPH toll free complaint line at (800) 495-3232.

 

February 13, 2018

Panera Bread Preemptively Recalls All 2 oz. and 8 oz. Cream Cheese Products

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For Immediate Release - January 28, 2018

Contact
Consumers
1-855-6-PANERA
Media
Jonathan Yohannan
jonathan.yohannan@panerabread.com

Announcement

While there have been no reported illnesses, out of an abundance of caution, Panera Bread is conducting a nationwide preemptive, voluntary recall of all 2 oz. and 8 oz. cream cheese products sold in its U.S. bakery-cafes. This recall was initiated after samples of one variety of 2 oz. cream cheese from a single production day showed a positive result for the presence of Listeria monocytogenes . Tests on cream cheese samples manufactured both before and after the production run in question have all come back negative.

Despite the finding in only one day of production, Panera Bread is issuing a voluntary recall of all varieties of the 2 oz. and 8 oz. cream cheese. The products included in the recall are all varieties (see below) of unexpired 2 oz. and 8 oz. cream cheese products with an expiration date on or before 4/2/18. This recall only affects cream cheese sold in Panera Bread United States bakery cafes and does not affect Panera Bread Canadian bakery cafes or any other Panera Bread food products.

“The safety of our guests and associates is paramount, therefore we are recalling all cream cheese products sold in the US with an active shelf life. We have likewise ceased all manufacturing in the associated cream cheese facility,” said Blaine Hurst, Panera’s President and CEO. “Only one variety of 2-oz cream cheese from a single day yielded the positive result. Our intent is to go above and beyond for our guests. You should expect nothing less from Panera.”

According to the FDA, Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Affected 2 oz. Cream Cheese Varieties (example pictured below): Plain Cream Cheese, Reduced- Fat Plain Cream Cheese, Reduced-Fat Chive & Onion Cream Cheese, Reduced-Fat Honey Walnut Cream Cheese, Reduced-Fat Wild Blueberry Cream Cheese.

Affected 8 oz. Cream Cheese Varieties (example pictured below): Plain Cream Cheese, Reduced- Fat Plain Cream Cheese, Reduced-Fat Chive & Onion Cream Cheese, Reduced-Fat Honey Walnut Cream Cheese, Reduced-Fat Wild Blueberry Cream Cheese.

Consumers in possession of these products should discard them immediately and contact Panera Bread Customer Service at 1-855-6-PANERA from Monday through Sunday, 5:00 AM to 10:00 PM. CST, or visit Panera.custhelp.com for a full refund. For any other questions, please visit www.panerabread.com/recall .

 

February 13, 2018

National Frozen Foods Corporation Recalls Frozen Green Beans and Frozen Mixed Vegetables Because of Possible Health Risk

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For Immediate Release - January 24, 2018

Contact
Consumers
National Frozen Foods Corporation (NFFC)
1-800-253-8269
Media National Frozen Foods Corporation (NFFC)
mediainquiries@nffc.com

Announcement

National Frozen Foods Corporation (NFFC) is voluntarily recalling a limited quantity of Not-Ready-To Eat Individually Quick Frozen (IQF) green beans and IQF mixed vegetables because they 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. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Following cooking preparation instructions on the labels of master cases or packages will effectively reduce the risk of exposure to this bacterium

This press release includes recalled products distributed to foodservice accounts in bulk and packaged containers in AK, AR, AZ, CA, CO, FL, ID, IL, KS, MI, MS, MT, ND, NE, NM, NV, OR, TN, TX, VA, and WA. The products being recalled listed below were distributed between August 18, 2017 and January 12, 2018.

The recalled items can be identified by the date codes printed on the back of the 32oz. sized bag or the side of the master case. Only the following codes are affected by this recall:

Brand Listed on Packaging Commodity Net Weight NFFC Item #
Customer #
Lot Information / Code Printed On Packaging
Bountiful Harvest Foundations Cut Green Beans 30 LB. 22486-11918
2229881
17100903A02
Bountiful Harvest Originals Cut Green Beans 30 LB. 22486-11908
2229871
17100903A02
Monarch Capri Blend 20 LB. 58108-00602
670229
38511-7H11G3N
Monarch Capri Blend 20 LB. 58108-00602
670229
38511-7H11H3N
NW Treasure Cut Green Beans 30 LB. 62406-90007
3828405
17102603A02
Simplot Classic Meadow Blend 32 oz. 71179-67166 965AUG081705H
Sysco Classic Cut Green Beans 32 oz. 74865-04977
1435197
17102703A03
Sysco Imperial Whole Green Beans 32 oz. 74865-24917
2101855
17102703A03
(No Brand Name) Cut Green Beans 30 LB. 15001-01070 38627-7H28A3N
(No Brand Name) Cut Green Beans 30 LB. 15001-01070 38627-7H28B3N
(No Brand Name) Cut Green Beans 30 LB. 15001-01070 38627-7H28C3N
(No Brand Name) Cut Green Beans 30 LB. 15001-01070 38627-7H28D3N
(No Brand Name) Cut Green Beans 30 LB. 15001-01070 38627-7H28E3N
Valamont* Cut Green Beans 32 oz. 72608-12082 38474-7H08F3N
Valamont Cut Green Beans 20 LB. 72608-12150 38510-7H11F3N
The World's Harvest* Cut Green Beans 32 oz. WRH99-FV021 38475-7H08F3N
The World's Harvest* Cut Green Beans 32oz. WRH99-FV021 38475-7H08G3N

* The 32 oz. inner clear poly bag has only lot code printed.

The recall was initiated based on a 3rd party test result of the IQF Green Beans only by a downstream customer that revealed that the finished products may potentially be contaminated with the bacteria. There has been no report of human illness to date.

The frozen green beans and frozen mixed vegetables are being recalled as a precaution with the health and safety of consumers as top priority and in full cooperation with the FDA. The recall has not yet been classified by the FDA.

Consumers should not consume these products. Consumers who purchased affected products may return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-253-8269, Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Pacific Time).

 

February 13, 2018

Fieldbrook Foods Corporation Clarifies Scope of its Voluntary Recall. Products Include Orange Cream

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For Immediate Release - January 11, 2018

Contact
Consumers
Michael Kummerle
1 800-333-0805 x2270

Announcement

Fieldbrook Foods Corporation is clarifying that the previously announced voluntary recall of all orange cream bars and chocolate coated vanilla ice cream bars that were produced in 2017 on the company’s Hoyer 1 Line at its Dunkirk, NY plant (plant code 362677) also includes 28,751 cases of Raspberry Cream Bars that were included with Orange Cream Bars in ALDI seasonal split-case purchases. The split-cases were shipped between March and August 2017. These products are being recalled due to the possibility that they may 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. Although healthy individuals may suffer only shortterm symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

The Hoyer 1 Line in Dunkirk, NY is the only production line and the only Fieldbrook Foods plant (of 3) involved in this recall notice.

The recalled orange cream bars, raspberry cream bars, and chocolate coated vanilla ice cream bars were sold at the following merchants under the indicated brands:

Merchant Brand Merchant Brand
Acme Lucerne Safeway (DC/DE/FL/MD/VA) Lucerne
ALDI Sundae Shoppe Save-A-Lot World’s Fair
Amigo (Puerto Rico Only) Great Value Shaws Lucerne
Bi Lo Southern Home Shoprite Polar Express
BJ's Wellsley Farms Shoprite Shoprite
Demoulas Market Basket Smart & Final First Street
Dillon Kroger Smiths Kroger
Dollar Tree Party Treat Star Lucerne
Econo (Puerto Rico Only) Econo Stater Stater
Food 4 Less Kroger Stop N Shop Ahold symbol
Fred Meyer Kroger Tops Tops
Frys Kroger Various Food Club
Giant Ahold symbol Various Stoneridge
Giant Eagle Giant Eagle Various Hagan
Harveys Southern Home Various Greens
Jewel Lucerne Various Hood
King Soopers Kroger Various Kemps
Kroger Kroger Various Stoneridge
Meijer Purple Cow Walmart (Puerto Rico Only) Great Value
Price Chopper PIC Weis Weis
Price Rite Price Rite Winn Dixie Winn Dixie
Ralphs Kroger

The recalled products have a production date of January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017 and a “best by” date of January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018. The Hood and Kemps products may show a “best by” date of July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019. Fieldbrook Foods is working with each of these retailers to recall the affected products.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem .

The potential for contamination was noted after routine industry testing revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in only a few ice cream bar samples of many tested. The expansion of the recall is out of precaution for consumer health and food safety after a few additional samples tested positive for the presence of Listeria monocytogenes . There is no evidence of any contamination prior to October 31, 2017, but the company has issued the recall back to January 1, 2017 through an abundance of caution and in full cooperation with the FDA. The company has suspended production and distribution of all products produced on this production line while it cooperates with the FDA to fully investigate the source of the problem.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-333-0805 x2270.

Fieldbrook Foods Corporation takes the safety and integrity of our products very seriously. Our families also consume these products and we are working tirelessly to identify the cause of the problem and permanently fix it so the orange cream, raspberry cream, and other types of ice cream bars made at Fieldbrook Foods will again have the complete confidence of our customers and consumers.

Initial Press Release
Expanded Press Release

 

 
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