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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.

 

October 28, 2014

Chetak New York L.L.C. Recalls 7 Oz., 14 Oz., & 28 Oz. Packages of "Deep Raw Cashew Pieces" Because of Possible Health Risk


Contact:
Consumer:
1-973-835-1906

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - October 27, 2014 — Edison, NJ — Chetak New York L.L.C. of Edison, NJ is recalling its 5560 packages of 7oz., 3840 packages of 14oz., & 1920 packages of 28oz. "DEEP RAW CASHEW PIECES" because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

The recalled &Deep Raw Cashew Pieces& were distributed nationwide in retail stores from March 12, 2014 to October 21,2014. The product comes in a 7 oz., 14oz., & 28oz. clear plastic package marked with UPC number on the rear of the package.

  • UPC number for 7oz. is 011433133104
  • UPC number for 14oz. is 011433133111
  • UPC number for 28oz. is 011433133128

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

The potential for contamination was noted after routine testing conducted by the FDA.

Consumers who have purchased 7oz., 14oz., & 28 oz. packages of "Deep Raw Cashew Pieces" are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-973-835-1906 from 9 am- 5 pm EST.

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October 28, 2014

Shur-Green Farms Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Lascadoil/Soyoil Due to Possible Lasalocid Contamination


Contact:
Consumer:
937-459-2768

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - October 23, 2014 — Shur-Green Farms LLC(Ansonia, OH) has voluntarily recalled loads of Soyoil containing Lascadoil, industrial processing waste oil, which was intended for non-food product or bio-fuels but may have been used as a feed ingredient. This voluntary recall is the result of death in turkeys.

The recall includes load sold on or before September 17, 2014.

Geographic areas of distribution: United States

If used as feed ingredient, may cause animal death.

Consumers that have recall product should contact Shur-Green Farms to arrange for return.If you or any of your customers may have further distributed this oil, please be notified we are recalling this product for improper labeling and for reports of deaths in turkeys associated with feeding this oil. This product is only permitted for bio-fuels. If you know this product has been used for purposes other than bio-fuels, please call your customer to cease this use immediately.

To date, the company has received adverse event reports or product complaints attributable to the levels of lasalocid sodium in the oil. This may be harmful to poultry or livestock.

As such, the company is conducting a voluntary recall as a safety precaution, and will continue to closely monitor for reports of adverse events and product complaints.

Brief description of how problem was found:State and FDA investigations of turkey deaths.

This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Notification of the recall has been sent to purchasers of the oil.

Shur-Green Farms LLC Contact: (937)-459-2768 between 8A-9P EST.

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October 27, 2014

Z Natural Foods Recalls Lightly Roasted Organic Carob Powder Due to Possible Salmonella Health Risk


Contact:
Consumer:
1-888-963-6637

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - October 21, 2014 — West Palm Beach, FL — Z Natural Foods of West Palm Beach, Florida is recalling 55 lbs of Lightly Roasted Organic Carob Powder because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

The recalled Lightly Roasted Organic Carob Powder was available for sale directly through Z Natural Foods website at www.ZNaturalFoods.com. It was not available in retail stores.

The Lightly Roasted Organic Carob Powder was available in a 1 lb and 5 lb standup resealable foil pouches either bronze (1 lb) or silver in color (5 lb) and marked with Lot # ZNCARB39513 and a Best By Date of 12/5/2016 at the bottom of the label.

No illnesses have been reported to date and we are issuing this recall purely as a precautionary measure. The potential for contamination was noted after learning that another customer of our ingredient supplier received a positive test for Salmonella. While sampling conducted by the manufacturer did not indicate the presence of Salmonella, we are recalling this product out of an abundance of caution. No other Z Natural Foods products are affected.

All sales of the Lightly Roasted Organic Carob Powder have been suspended while the FDA, Z Natural Foods and its suppliers continue their investigation as to the source of the problem.

Consumers who have purchased a 1 lb or 5 lb Lightly Roasted Organic Carob Powder are urged to contact Z Natural Foods to arrange return of the product and for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-888-963-6637 between the hours of 9am - 6pm, Monday - Friday Eastern Standard Time.

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October 27, 2014

Rome Packing Co., Inc. Recalls Fresh And Frozen Crab Meat Because Of Possible Health Risk




Contact:
Consumer:
John F. Whiteside, Jr.
(508)991-3333 / John@JWhiteside.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - October 22, 2014 – East Providence, RI - Rome Packing Co., Inc. has issued a voluntary recall of Ocean’s Catch brand All Natural Jonah Crab Leg Meat after routine product sampling by the company determined some of the finished products may have been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. 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.

No illnesses have been reported to date. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them and return them to the place of purchase for a refund or discard them.

The list of recalled products include fresh and frozen products.

The list of fresh recalled products are packaged in round plastic containers (tub with snap-on lid), sold as refrigerated, includes:

5 ounce Ocean’s Catch All Natural Fresh Jonah Crab Leg Meat:
  • lot number 0104804 with a sell by date before 10/15/14;

6 ounce Ocean’s Catch All Natural Jonah Crab Combo Meat:
  • lot number 0104791 with a sell by date before 10/13/14;
  • lot number 0104666 with a sell by date before 10/15/14;

8 ounce Ocean’s Catch All Natural Fresh Jonah Crab Leg Meat:
  • lot number 0104665 with a sell by date before 10/13/14;
  • lot number 0104665 with a sell by date before 10/14/14;
  • lot number 0104804 with a sell by date before 10/14/14;
  • lot number 0104842 with a sell by date before 10/16/14;

8 ounce Ocean’s Catch All Natural Jonah Crab Combo Meat:
  • lot number 0104787 with a sell by date before 10/14/14;

16 ounce Ocean’s Catch All Natural Fresh Jonah Crab Leg Meat:
  • lot number 0104659 with a sell by date before 10/13/14;
  • lot number 0104665 with a sell by date before 10/14/14;
  • lot number 0104842 with a sell by date before 10/16/14;

16 ounce Ocean’s Catch All Natural Jonah Crab Combo Meat:
  • lot number 0104806 with a sell by date before 10/14/14;
  • lot number 0104845 with a sell by date before 10/16/14;

The list of frozen recalled products are packaged in plastic bags, sold frozen, includes:
5 pound bags of Ocean’s Catch All Natural Frozen Jonah Crab Leg Meat:
  • lot number 0104842 with a sell by date before 4/16/16;

The products are distributed in Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania, Florida, Illinois and California to retail stores including but not limited to: Shaw’s Supermarkets, Legal Sea Foods, and Harbor Fish Market. Consumers with questions may contact the company’s representative, John F. Whiteside, Jr. at (508)991-3333.

Any consumers who believe they may have become ill after eating the products should contact their health care provider.

Rome Packing Co., Inc. is cooperating with the Food and Drug Administration and Rhode Island Department of Health investigation. Rome Packing Co., Inc. has initiated corrective action in their processing plant to prevent this from occurring..

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October 27, 2014

Pennsylvania Firm Recalls Chicken Products Due to Staphylococcal Enterotoxin Contamination


Class I Recall 074-2014
Health Risk: High October 25, 2014



Congressional and Public Affairs
Megan Buckles
(202) 720-9113

WASHINGTON, Oct. 13, 2014 - Murry’s Inc., a Lebanon, Pa. establishment, is recalling approximately 31,689 pounds of gluten free breaded chicken products that may be contaminated with Staphylococcal enterotoxin, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The products have a best by date of August 9, 2015. The following products are subject to recall: [View Labels (PDF Only)]

  • 12-oz. boxes of "Bell & Evans Gluten Free Breaded Chicken Breast Nuggets."
  • 10.5-oz. boxes of "Bell & Evans Gluten Free Breaded Chicken Breast."

The products subject to recall bear the establishment number "P-516" inside the USDA mark of inspection. These products were shipped to retail locations nationwide.

The problem was discovered by the Colorado Department of Agriculture during a retail surveillance and sampling program funded by the USDA at a Federal Emergency Response Network lab. After being notified of the positive test result, FSIS conducted traceback activities.

Staphylococcal food poisoning is a gastrointestinal illness. It is caused by eating foods contaminated with toxin-producing Staphylococcus aureus.

Staphylococcus aureus is a common bacterium found on the skin and in the noses of healthy people and animals. Staphylococcus aureus can produce seven different toxins that are frequently responsible for food poisoning.

Staphylococcal enterotoxins are fast acting, sometimes causing illness in as little as 30 minutes. Symptoms usually develop within one to six hours after eating contaminated food. Patients typically experience several of the following: nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, and diarrhea. The illness is usually mild and most patients recover after one to three days.

To prevent Staphylococcal contamination, keep kitchens and food-serving areas clean and sanitized. Keep hot foods hot (over 140°F) and cold foods cold (40°F or under). Make sure to wash hands and under fingernails vigorously with soap and water before handling and preparing food. Do not prepare food if you have an open sore or wound on your hands or if you have a nose or eye infection.

FSIS and the company have received no reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about a reaction should contact a healthcare provider.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.

Consumers and media with questions about the recall can contact Murry’s customer service, at (717) 273-9361.

Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at askkaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. "Ask Karen" live chat services are available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.

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October 27, 2014

Lundberg Family Farms Recalls Sea Salt Rice Chips Due to Undeclared Allergen


Contact:
Consumer:
1-530-538-3555
recall@lundberg.com

Media:
Inez Be / 1-415-844-6254
Cori Barrett / 1-415-844-6263
Access Communications
teamlundberg@accesspr.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - October 24, 2014 — RICHVALE, Calif. — Lundberg Family Farms announced that it is voluntarily recalling from distribution in the United States and Canada, specific bags of Sea Salt Rice Chips due to possible presence of an undeclared dairy allergen. The issue was discovered through a consumer complaint.

The recall applies to only 6 ounce bags (170g) of Sea Salt Rice Chips packed on August 11th, 2014, bearing the code "140811" and a best before date of "2015 JUN 08" on the upper right-hand corner of the bag. The Sea Salt Rice Chips display the following UPC numbers 0-73416-03530-0 for U.S., or 0-73416-03540-9 for Canada.

Lundberg Family Farms has identified the problem and has taken immediate corrective action. Distributors and retailers have been notified and requested to discard the affected products in stock. The company notified the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and is cooperating fully with the agency.

No serious injuries or illness have been reported from the consumption of the product. People who have a severe allergy to dairy run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

Customers who have bags of Sea Salt Rice Chips with the aforementioned labeling should discard them or return them unopened to the place of purchase for a refund. Customers can call our customer service representatives at 530-538-3555, which is staffed seven days a week, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific Time, or leave a message at other times, with any questions or concerns about the product, or email recall@lundberg.com.

About Lundberg Family Farms

Since 1937, the Lundberg Family has been farming rice and producing rice products at their farms in the Sacramento Valley. Now led by its third generation, Lundberg Family Farms uses organic and eco-positive farming practices to produce wholesome, healthful rice products while protecting and improving the environment for future generations.

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October 24, 2014

Bailey Farms Inc. Recalls Fresh Serrano Chile Peppers Because Of Possible Health Risk


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Consumer:
1-888-820-2545

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - October 21, 2014 — Bailey Farms, Inc. of Oxford, NC is voluntarily recalling 6,215 pounds of Fresh Serrano Chile Peppers, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditic and arthritis.

The Fresh Serrano Chile Peppers was distributed to Meijer, Inc. and customers may have purchased this product from October 14th to October 19th at Meijer stores in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio.

In addition this product was distributed to Publix Super Markets Inc., Merchants Distributors, Inc., Walmart, Food Lion, Flavor 1st Growers and Packers, US Foods, Military Produce Group, LLC.,C&S Wholesalers, John Vena, Inc. and Harris Teeter. Consumers who suspect they may have purchased Fresh Serrano Chile Peppers from the above listed companies between the dates of October 2, 2014 to October 21, 2014 should check with the above listed companies to verify if the product was subject to recall.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

A random sample was taken by the Michigan Department of Agriculture on October 13, 2014 from a warehouse in Lansing, Michigan. Bailey Farms, Inc. received notice that the sample tested positive for Salmonella on October 20, 2014. This recall is the result of the possibility that the remainder of these lots could be contaminated with this bacteria. We are working with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to investigate the root cause of the potential contamination.

Bailey Farms, Inc. has notified all of their customers who have purchased Fresh Serrano Chile Peppers during said dates.

Consumers with questions can contact Bailey Farms, Inc. M-F 8:00 am to 5:00 pm EST 1-888-820-2545.

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October 22, 2014

Contract Packaging Resources, Inc. Issues a Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Assured™ Brand Naproxen Sodium Tablets due to Packaging Mix-Up




Contact:
Consumer:
336-252-3422

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - October 20, 2014 - Greensboro, N.C., Contract Packaging Resources, a drug repackaging company, is voluntarily recalling 11,640 boxes of Assured™ brand Naproxen Sodium tablets because some cartons actually contain bottles of Ibuprofen, a different pain reliever. The Ibuprofen bottles were placed in the Naproxen Sodium boxes due to a packaging error. The affected products are: boxes of Assured™ brand Naproxen Sodium Tablets 220mg, 15 count (Lot #FH4102A) [SKU #122368/UPC #639277223685] containing bottles of Ibuprofen softgels in 200mg strength.

Consumers who intentionally avoid using Ibuprofen due to allergy, or other medical conditions, should be advised that they may have inadvertently purchased Ibuprofen 200mg softgels, believing it was Naproxen Sodium 220mg tablets. Allergic reactions can range from mild irritation or hives to serious reactions such as anaphylaxes that may be life-threatening. The firm has not received any reports of adverse events related to this recall.

The recalled Assured brand drug products were distributed nationwide to Dollar Tree® and sold via the Dollar Tree® retail stores and internet site. Contract Packaging Resources is notifying its distributors and customers directly and arranging for replacement of all recalled products. Consumers may return the recalled products to the place of purchase or contact the firm by phone at 336-252-3422, on Monday – Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm (Eastern).

Consumers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have experienced any problems that may be related to taking or using this drug product. Adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of this product may be reported to the FDA's MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either online, by regular mail or by fax.

This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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October 20, 2014

JFC International Inc. Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk in "Hapi Pudding"




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Consumer:
1-800-633-1004

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - October 17, 2014 - JFC International Inc. of Los Angeles, CA is voluntarily recalling all lot codes of its 3-pack Hapi Pudding with a net weight of 8.46 ounces (UPC 11152 13417), because they may contain undeclared milk. People who have allergies to milk run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume the products.

The recalled product, "Hapi Pudding" was distributed nationwide to retail stores.

The product comes in a pack of three, weighing a total of 8.46 ounces, in clear plastic containers, with an orange and white seal on the top. The seal has the words "Hapi Pudding" with an image of a pudding. The 3 pack of pudding is plastic wrapped, with the product information found at the bottom of the product.

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

The recall was initiated after it was discovered that the milk-containing product was distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of milk to the consumer. Subsequent investigation indicates the problem was caused by an inadvertent omission on the label by the producer during the revision of the packaging process.

JFC has immediately responded to this issue and have already taken action to stop sales and distribution of the affected product.

Consumers who have purchased the product "Hapi Pudding" are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-633-1004, Monday – Friday, 8:30am-5pm PST.

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October 20, 2014

AMS Health Sciences, LLC Issues Voluntary Recall of Saba Shark Cartilage Complex, 60 Capsule Bottles Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination


Contact:
Consumer:
866-758-7222
damenndral@amsmainline.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - October 17, 2014 — Oklahoma City, Oklahoma — AMS Health Sciences, LLC is notifying the public that it is recalling 2014 bottles of Saba Shark Cartilage Complex due to possible contamination of Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis. To date, no illness or complaints have been reported to AMS Health Sciences, LLC.

A single lot of Saba Shark Cartilage Complex is the subject of this public announcement and recall as a result of a sample from one bottle that tested positive for Salmonella. This product is packaged in black screw-top bottles with the brand name "saba" in red letters, the product name "shark cartilage complex" in white letters, and a net quantity statement of "500 mg 60 capsules" in small white letters. Product from the affected lot can be identified by the Lot Number 416349 and an expiration date of 08/16, both of which are printed in black letters inside a white rectangle that is adjacent to the products "Suggested Use" instructions.

Product from this lot was sold to consumers through the internet site www.sabaforlife.com during the period of February through August 2014. AMS is initiating this recall out of caution for consumer health, even though numerous samples from the same Lot No. have tested negative for Salmonella.

Any consumer who purchased product with the lot number and expiration date above should dispose of it immediately and may request a refund by calling (866) 758-7222, Monday through Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (Central). If you have consumed the product and are experiencing any unusual or severe symptoms such as those described above, go to an emergency room immediately or contact your physician for immediate advice.

Adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of this product may be reported to the FDA's MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either online, by regular mail or by fax.

This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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October 14, 2014

California Firm Expands Recall of Beef Products Due To Possible Processing Flaw


Class I Recall 067-2014-EXP
Health Risk: High October 13, 2014



Congressional and Public Affairs
Edward Stoker
(202) 720-9113

WASHINGTON, Oct. 13, 2014 - Galant Food Company, a San Leandro, Calif. establishment, is recalling an additional 130 pounds of beef products because the meat filling used in the products did not meet its cooking critical limit, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The additional products subject to the recall include: [Labels (PDF Only)]

  • 6.5-oz. Paramount Beef and Cheese Piroshki, 12 per case, with case codes 092214
  • 7-oz. Galinas Original Beef and Cheese Piroshki, 12 per case, with case codes 092314

The products, which bear the establishment number “EST. 9014,” were produced Sept. 22 through 23, 2014 and then shipped to a distributor in the San Francisco Bay area.

The problem was discovered by the company when visiting its distributor and identifying that the products, as those in the initial recall, contained the same filling that did not reach lethality.

FSIS and the company have received no reports of adverse illnesses due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a healthcare provider.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.

Consumers and media with questions about the recall may contact Len Galant at (510) 614-7150.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at askkaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. "Ask Karen" live chat services are available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.

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October 14, 2014

California Olive And Vine Announces The Voluntary Recall Of Pumpkin Seed Pesto




Contact:
Consumer:
(530) 822-7996

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - October 10, 2014 - California Olive and Vine, LLC of Sutter, CA is taking precautionary measures and voluntarily recalling Pumpkin Seed Pesto because of irregular lab results. The company found that the jarred pesto may have been improperly processed, making it susceptible to contamination with Clostridium botulinum.

This food product was distributed under the Williams-Sonoma label, nationwide, since September 2014. The product labels have the following SKU numbers 6404305, 6389043 and is sold in an 8 ounce glass jar, as pictured below. The company has made the deliberate decision to recall this product to ensure the safety of their customers. The company has not been notified of any illness associated with this product.

No other products from this company are affected.

Ingestion of botulism toxin may lead to serious illness and death. To date, there have been no reports of any illnesses or contamination of the product.

Symptoms from Botulism are as follows: general weakness, dizziness, double vision and trouble with speaking or swallowing. Difficulty in breathing, weakness of other muscles, abdominal distention and constipation may also be common symptoms. People experiencing these problems should seek immediate medical attention.

Consumers are warned not to use the product even if it does not look or smell spoiled.

California Olive and Vine immediately segregated its entire inventory of this product and has notified Williams-Sonoma and CDPH directly. Consumers who have purchased the recalled Pumpkin Seed Pesto are urged to dispose of the product or return it to the place of purchase for a refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company Monday through Friday between 10am and 4pm.

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October 10, 2014

Allergy Alert On Undelcared Eggs In Lotte Waffles






Contact:
Consumer:
1-213-688-8806

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - October 9, 2014 - LOTTE Confectionery Co., Ltd. (manufacturer), 21-5ka, Yangpyung-dong, Youngdeunpo-gu, Seoul, Korea, is recalling its 1.41 ounce (40g) and 5.64 ounce (160g) packages of Lotte Waffles because they contain undeclared egg ingredients. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to eggs run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

(Product Barcode: 1.41 ounce – 8 801062 518111 / 5.64 ounce – 8 801062 518135)

The recalled Lotte Waffles were distributed to California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Washington, Texas, Oklahoma, Illinois, New Jersey, Maryland, and Canada retail stores.

The product comes in 1.41 ounce and 5.64 ounce paper packaging, with a white ingredient sticker label and an expiration date from July 2014 to Sep. 2015 (the expiration date is printed as Year. Month., and Day).

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

The recall was initiated after it was discovered that the egg-containing product was distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of eggs by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

Subsequent investigation indicates the problem was caused by an error in the company’s product sticker making process.

The distribution of the product has been suspended until FDA and the company are certain that the problem has been corrected.

Consumers who have purchased 1.41 ounce and 5.64 ounce packages of “Lotte Waffle” are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Lotte International America Corp. (Importer), 1805 Industrial St. Los Angeles, CA 90021, at 1-213-688-8806 Monday thru Friday 8AM-5PM PST.

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October 9, 2014

Minnesota Firm Recalls Meat and Poultry Products for Possible Listeria Contamination


Class I Recall 068-2014
Health Risk: High October 8, 2014



Congressional and Public Affairs
Benjamin Bell
(202) 690-3386

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - WASHINGTON, Oct. 08, 2014 – Buddy’s Kitchen, a Burnsville, Minn. establishment, is recalling approximately 62,488 pounds of meat and poultry products due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The meat and poultry breakfast products were produced on various dates from July 16, 2014 through Sept. 25, 2014, and then shipped to distributors, retail locations, and airlines nationwide. The following products are subject to recall:

  • "Swiss Cheese and Mushroom Omelet with Seasonal Tid-Bit Potatoes & Turkey Buffet Sausage Link" trays with the production codes "07/16/14 9", "08/08/14 9" and "08/27/14 9".
  • "Savory Scrambled Eggs with Seasoned Red Skin Potatoes and Turkey Buffet Links" with the production codes "09/19/14 9" and "09/22/14 9".
  • "Garden Omelet w/ Parslied Potatoes & Chicken Sausage Links" with the production codes "07/16/14 9", "07/17/14 9", "07/18/14 9", "07/22/14 9", "07/25/14 9", "08/22/14 9", "08/25/14 9", "09/02/14 9", "09/09/14 9" and "09/16/14 9".
  • "Fiesta Scramble Bowl with Sausage Links" with the production code "10I14 9".
  • "Breakfast Skillet Burrito with eggs, sausage and cheese" with the production codes "18G14 2", "06I14 4", "16G14 4", "17G14 2", "07H14 4", "20H14 2", "21H14 4", "22H14 4" and "25H14 4".

Case labels or packaging may bear the establishment number "EST. 4226" or "P-4226" inside the USDA mark of inspection.

The problem was discovered when an FSIS product sample confirmed positive for Listeria monocytogenes (Lm). The tested product was held, and the recalling firm tested raw materials from the product and found that the roasted red skin potatoes, which were provided by an independent supplier, tested positive for Lm. The firm is recalling all products that used the confirmed positive potatoes. FSIS and the company have received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products.

Consumption of food contaminated with L. monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, a serious infection that primarily affects older adults, persons with weakened immune systems, and pregnant women and their newborns. Less commonly, persons outside these risk groups are affected.

Listeriosis can cause fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms. An invasive infection spreads beyond the gastrointestinal tract. In pregnant women, the infection can cause miscarriages, stillbirths, premature delivery or life-threatening infection of the newborn. In addition, serious and sometimes fatal infections in older adults and persons with weakened immune systems. Listeriosis is treated with antibiotics. Persons in the higher-risk categories who experience flu-like symptoms within two months after eating contaminated food should seek medical care and tell the health care provider about eating the contaminated food.

FSIS and the company are concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers' freezers.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.

FSIS advises all consumers to reheat ready-to-eat product until steaming hot.

Media with questions regarding the recall can contract Dave Smith, CEO, at (952) 894-2540 and consumers with questions regarding the recall can contact Tom Webber, Director of Food Safety, at (952) 894-2540 or info@buddyskitchen.com.

Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.

PREPARING PRODUCT FOR SAFE CONSUMPTION
USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline
1-888-MPHOTLINE or visit
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Wash hands with warm, soapy water before and after handling raw meat and poultry for at least 20 seconds. Wash cutting boards, dishes and utensils with hot, soapy water. Immediately clean spills.

Do not eat hot dogs, luncheon meats, bologna or other deli meats unless reheated until steaming hot.

Do not eat refrigerated pate, meat spreads from a meat counter or smoked seafood found in the refrigerated section of the store. Foods that do not need refrigeration, like canned tuna and canned salmon, are safe to eat. Refrigerate after opening.

Do not drink raw (unpasteurized) milk and do not eat foods that have unpasteurized milk in them.

Do not eat salads made in the store, such as ham salad, chicken salad, egg salad, tuna salad or seafood salad.

Do not eat soft cheeses, such as Feta, queso blanco, queso fresco, Brie, Camembert cheeses, blue-veined cheeses and Panela, unless it is labeled as made with pasteurized milk.

Use precooked or ready-to-eat food as soon as you can. L. monocytogenes can grow in the refrigerator. The refrigerator should be 40º F or cooler and the freezer 0º F or colder Use an appliance thermometer to check the temperature of your refrigerator.

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October 8, 2014

HAR Maspeth Corp RECALLS Jinga brand "Pan Fried Anchovies" BECAUSE OF POSSIBLE HEALTH RISK




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1-718-706-9300

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - October 6, 2014 –HAR Maspeth Corp. of Maspeth, NY, is recalling its 2 ounce and 4 ounce packages of Jinga "Pan Fried Anchovies" due to contamination 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 persons 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.

The recalled Jinga "Pan Fried Anchovies" were distributed nationwide in retail stores and through mail orders. The product comes in a 2 ounce and 4 ounce, clear plastic packages marked with an expiration date of "9/28/2014" stamped on the top.

An alleged illness has been reported to date in connection with this problem.

The recall was initiated after routine sampling by The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Food Inspectors and subsequent analysis of the product by Food Laboratory personnel revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes.

Customers who have purchased 2 ounce and 4 ounce packages of Jinga "Pan Fried Anchovies" are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-718-706-9300.

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October 8, 2014

California Firm Recalls Beef Products Due To Possible Processing Flaw


Class I Recall 067-2014
Health Risk: High October 6, 2014



Congressional and Public Affairs
Edward Stoker
(202) 720-9113

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - WASHINGTON, Oct. 6, 2014 – Galant Food Company, a San Leandro, Calif. establishment, is recalling approximately 410 pounds of beef products because the meat filling used in the products did not meet its cooking critical limit, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The products subject to the recall include: [View Labels (PDF Only)]

  • 4.5-oz. Galina’s Original Beef and Cheese Piroshki, 12 or 24 per case, with case codes 092214, 092314 and 092414
  • 5-oz. Paramount Beef Piroshki, 25 per case, with case codes 092314

The products, which bear the establishment number “EST.9014,” were produced Sept. 22 through 24, 2014 and then shipped to a retailer in the San Francisco Bay area and a distributor in Northern California.

The problem was discovered by FSIS personnel who were at the establishment reviewing records.

FSIS and the company have received no reports of adverse illnesses due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a healthcare provider.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.

Consumers and media with questions about the recall may contact Len Galant at (510) 614-7150.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at www.AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. “Ask Karen” live chat services are available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.

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October 2, 2014

IKEA Recalls PASTAÄLGAR FULLKORN And PASTAÄLGAR, Due To Non-Declared Soy Content




Contact:
Consumer:
www.IKEA-USA.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - October 1, 2014 - If you have purchased PASTAÄLGAR FULLKORN, elk-shaped wholegrain pasta or PASTAÄLGAR, elk-shaped pasta, in the Swedish Food Market at IKEA, please be aware that the product may contain soy, which is not declared on the product. As a precautionary measure, we have decided to recall these products.

Analyses of PASTAÄLGAR FULLKORN and PASTAÄLGAR have indicated presence of soy which is not declared on the product. Soy is an allergen and persons allergic to soy may experience an allergic reaction if eating the product. The product is safe for anyone not allergic or sensitive to soy.

Customers allergic to soy or otherwise concerned are welcome to return PASTAÄLGAR FULLKORN and PASTAÄLGAR to the nearest IKEA store for a full refund. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

For more information, please contact the Returns & Exchanges department, or visit: www.IKEA-USA.com

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October 2, 2014

Tropical Valley Foods Issues Allergy Alert For Potentially Undeclared Peanuts In Next By Nature Dark Chocolate Cherries




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Consumer:
Kristain Stone, (518) 314-7162

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - October 1, 2014 – Tropical Valley Foods Inc. of Plattsburgh, NY, is recalling 455 cases (12 bags per case) of next by Nature DARK CHOCOLATE CHERRIES, Lot 460013, due to the potential for undeclared peanuts to be packaged in the product. People who have an allergy to peanuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reactions if they consume this product.

The affected next by Nature DARK CHOCOLATE CHERRIES was sold to distributors and retailers located in Iowa, California, Colorado, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Canada and Japan. Distributors where instructed to inform their customers of the recall of the product, to immediately remove it from sale and to promptly discard it.

The affected product is packaged in 3 oz. plastic bags with UPC 817582252006, Lot 460013 and “Best by Date” of 2016.03.31. The product was distributed between September 12th, 2014 and September 25th, 2014.

The recall was initiated after an employee found a peanut piece in a bulk case of Dark Chocolate Covered Cherries that was being packaged into the 3 oz. bags. Subsequent investigation by the firm revealed that some Dark Chocolate Covered Cherries had been packaged into 3 oz. bags of next by Nature DARK CHOCOLATE CHERRIES prior to the discovery.

No illnesses have been reported to date associated with this problem.

Consumers who are allergic to peanuts are urged not to consume the above product. Customers who purchased the affected product may return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Kristain Stone at Tropical Valley Foods by phone at (518) 314-7162, Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT.

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