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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.

 

August 22, 2014

Nestlé Prepared Foods Company Announces Allergy Alert and Voluntary Recall Of LEAN CUISINE® Culinary Collection Chicken with Peanut Sauce Recall Due to Package Mislabeling

 




Contact:
Consumer:
1-800-392-4057


Media:
Roz O’Hearn, Nestlé USA:
(440) 264-5170
Roz.OHearn@us.nestle.com

Edie Burge, Nestlé USA
(818) 551-3284
Edie.Burge@us.nestle.com


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - August 22, 2014 - Nestlé Prepared Foods Company, a business unit of Nestlé USA, is initiating the voluntary recall of a limited quantity of LEAN CUISINE® Culinary Collection Chicken with Peanut Sauce/UPC code 13800 10154 because it may contain undeclared shrimp. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to shrimp run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

The affected product is marked with a production code of 4165595911U and has a “best before” date of JULY 2015. A small quantity of LEAN CUISINE Culinary Collection Shrimp Alfredo was inadvertently placed into packaging for LEAN CUISINE Culinary Collection Chicken with Peanut Sauce.

Three consumers who purchased the mislabeled product alerted Nestlé to this issue. To date, no illnesses or allergic reactions have been reported. Nestlé issued this voluntary recall of one hour code of production to ensure the safety of consumers with shellfish allergies.

Consumers who may have purchased LEAN CUISINE Culinary Collection Chicken with Peanut Sauce /UPC code 13800 10154 should look for the manufacturing code, located in the grey box, on the right side panel of the package. The manufacturing code of the recalled product is: 4165595911U. No other LEAN CUISINE items are impacted by this recall. The affected product was distributed to retail customers in Washington State, California, Louisiana and Texas, and can be found in the frozen food aisle. Nestlé asks consumers to contact us for a full refund by calling Nestlé Consumer Services directly at 1-800-392-4057 Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM EST.

The quality and safety of our products are the top priority for our company. For these reasons, the company initiated this recall. We apologize to our retail customers and consumers and sincerely regret any inconvenience created by this product recall. We have advised the U. S. Food & Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture of this voluntary recall and will cooperate with them fully.

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August 21, 2014

California Firm Recalls Chicken Caesar Salad Kits For Possible Listeria Contamination



Class I Recall                                                                                                                               054-2014

Health Risk: High                                                                                                          August 21, 2014


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Congressional and Public Affairs
Congressional and Public Affairs
Richard J. McIntire
(202) 720-9113


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -WASHINGTON, AUG. 21, 2014 – APPA Fine Foods, a Corona, Calif. establishment, is recalling approximately 92,657 pounds of fully cooked chicken Caesar salad kit products due to concerns about possible Listeria monocytogenes (Lm) contamination, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The salad kits were shipped nationwide to one bulk warehouse chain for retail sale in its in-store cafés. [APPA Fine Foods produced the kits used by the bulk warehouse chain.] The following products are subject to recall:

  • 11oz. clear plastic containers and 6.5-lb. boxes labeled, “APPA Fine Foods/Sam’s Club Daily Chef CHICKEN CAESAR SALAD KIT” with case codes 141851, 141922, 141951, 141991, 142021, 142201 or 142131 with use by dates of 8/14/14, 8/21/14, 8/27/14, 9/1/14, 9/3/14 or 9/17/14. The kits were produced on July 4, July 11, July 14, July 18, July 21, July 25, Aug. 1 and Aug. 8, 2014.

Box labels bear the establishment number “P-21030” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development personnel informed FSIS they received two confirmed positive Lm results from retail product purchased at one of the bulk warehouse chain locations. The bulk warehouse chain then sampled intact components of the salad kits. Only the chicken came up positive with Lm.

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

Consumption of food contaminated with Lm 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 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 regarding the recall can contact Thom Rindt, of APPA Fine Foods, at 951-547-8111.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at 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/wps/portal/fsis/topics/recalls-and-public-health-alerts/report-a-problem-with-food.

PREPARING PRODUCT FOR SAFE CONSUMPTION

USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline
1-888-MPHOTLINE or visit
www.fsis.usda.gov

  • 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, quesco blanco, quesco 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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August 15, 2014

Massachusetts Firm Recalls Ground Beef Products Due To Possible E. Coli O157:H7 Contamination



Class I Recall                                                                                                                               053-2014

Health Risk: High                                                                                                          August 15, 2014


En Español


Congressional and Public Affairs
Congressional and Public Affairs
Lauren Kotwicki
(202) 720-9113


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -WASHINGTON, Aug. 15, 2014 – Whole Foods Market locations, South Weymouth, Mass. and Newton, Mass., are recalling 368 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

125 lbs. of the following ground beef products produced on June 8, 2014 at the Newton, Mass. location are subject to recall:

  • “BEEF GROUND SIRLOIN 93% LEAN 7% FAT” with SKU 90013
  • “BEEF GROUND SIRLOIN 93% LEAN 7% FAT FAMILY PACK” with SKU 90247
  • “BEEF SIRLOIN Patty 93% LEAN / 7% Fat” with SKU 90088
  • “BEEF GROUND 93% LEAN / 7% FAT” with SKU 90035
  • “BEEF GROUND SIRLOIN 93% LEAN 7% FAT patty FAMILY PACK” with SKU 52179
  • “BEEF GROUND 85% LEAN 15% FAT” with SKU 90004
  • “BEEF GROUND 85% LEAN 15% FAT FAMILY PACK” with SKU 90037
  • “BEEF GROUND PATTY 90% LEAN GRASS FED” with SKU 96363
  • “BEEF GROUND PATTY 90% LEAN GRASS FED, Value Pack” with SKU 52162
  • “BEEF GROUND 90% LEAN GRASS FED” with SKU 95997
  • “BEEF GROUND 90% LEAN GRASS FED, Value pack” with SKU 52190
  • “BEEF GROUND 85 15 GRASS FED” with SKU 95195
  • “BEEF GROUND 85 15 PATTIES GRASS FED” with SKU 95196
  • “BEEF BURGER GRASS FED GOURMET FEATURED” with SKU 52871

170 lbs. of the following ground beef products produced on June 10, 2014 at the Newton, Mass. location are subject to recall:

  • “BEEF GROUND SIRLOIN 93% LEAN 7% FAT” with SKU 90013
  • “BEEF GROUND SIRLOIN 93% LEAN 7% FAT FAMILY PACK” with SKU 90247
  • “BEEF SIRLOIN Patty 93% LEAN / 7% Fat” with SKU 90088
  • “BEEF GROUND 93% LEAN / 7% FAT” with SKU 90035
  • “BEEF GROUND SIRLOIN 93% LEAN 7% FAT patty FAMILY PACK” with SKU 52179
  • “BEEF GROUND SIRLOIN 93/7 PATTIES NE” with SKU 90199
  • “BEEF GROUNDSIRLOIN 93/7 NE” with SKU 95051
  • “BEEF GROUND 85% LEAN 15% FAT” with SKU 90004
  • “BEEF GROUND 85% LEAN 15% FAT FAMILY PACK” with SKU 90037
  • “BEEF GROUND PATTY 90% LEAN GRASS FED” with SKU 96363
  • “BEEF GROUND PATTY 90% LEAN GRASS FED, Value Pack” with SKU 52162
  • “BEEF GROUND 90% LEAN GRASS FED” with SKU 95997
  • “BEEF GROUND 90% LEAN GRASS FED, Value pack” with SKU 52190
  • “BEEF GROUND 85 15 GRASS FED” with SKU 95195
  • “BEEF GROUND 85 15 PATTIES GRASS FED” with SKU 95196
  • “BEEF BURGER GRASS FED GOURMET FEATURED” with SKU 52871

73 lbs. of the following ground beef products produced on June 21, 2014 at the South Weymouth, Mass. location are subject to recall:

  • “BEEF GROUND PATTY 90% LEAN GRASS FED” with SKU 96363
  • “BEEF GROUND PATTY 90% LEAN GRASS FED, Value Pack” with SKU 52162
  • “BEEF GROUND 90% LEAN GRASS FED” with SKU 95997
  • “BEEF GROUND 90% LEAN GRASS FED, Value pack” with SKU 52190
  • “BEEF GROUND 85 15 GRASS FED” with SKU 95195
  • “BEEF GROUND 85 15 PATTIES GRASS FED” with SKU 95196
  • “BEEF BURGER GRASS FED GOURMET FEATURED” with SKU 52871
  • “BEEF GROUND SIRLOIN 93% Lean 7% fat” with SKU 90013
  • “BEEF GROUND SIRLOIN 93% LEAN 7% FAT FAMILY PACK” with SKU 90247
  • “BEEF SIRLOIN Patty 93% LEAN / 7% Fat” with SKU 90088
  • “BEEF GROUND 93% LEAN / 7% FAT” with SKU 90035
  • “BEEF GROUND SIRLOIN 93% LEAN 7% FAT patty FAMILY PACK” with SKU 52179
  • “BEEF GROUND SIRLOIN 93/7 PATTIES NE” with SKU 90199
  • “BEEF GROUND SIRLOIN 93/7 NE” with SKU 95051

FSIS was notified of an investigation of E. coli O157:H7 illnesses on June 25, 2014. Working in conjunction with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), FSIS determined that there is a link between ground beef purchased at Whole Foods Market and this illness cluster. Based on epidemiologic investigation, 3 case-patients have been identified in Massachusetts with illness onset dates ranging from June 13, 2014 to June 25, 2014. While the onset of illnesses was in June, on August 13, 2014, additional laboratory results provided linkages between the 3 MA case-patients and ground beef purchased from Whole Foods. Traceback investigation indicated that all 3 case-patients consumed ground beef purchased from 2 Whole Foods Market prior to illness onset. FSIS is continuing to work with state and federal public health partners on this investigation to determine a common source and will provide updated information as it becomes available.

E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps 2–8 days (3–4 days, on average) after exposure the organism. While most people recover within a week, some develop a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). This condition can occur among persons of any age but is most common in children under 5-years old and older adults. It is marked by easy bruising, pallor, and decreased urine output. Persons who experience these symptoms should seek emergency medical care immediately.

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(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.

FSIS advises all consumers to safely prepare their raw meat products, including fresh and frozen, and only consume ground beef that has been cooked to a temperature of 160 ° F. The only way to confirm that ground beef is cooked to a temperature high enough to kill harmful bacteria is to use a food thermometer that measures internal temperature, http://1.usa.gov/1cDxcDQ.

Consumers with questions regarding the recall can call (512) 477-5566 ext. 20060, and media can contact Kate Lowery, Senior Global Coordinator, PR, Media Relations at (512) 542-0390.

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
www.fsis.usda.gov

Wash hands with warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds before and after handling raw meat and poultry. Wash cutting boards, dishes and utensils with hot, soapy water. Immediately clean spills.

Keep raw meat, fish and poultry away from other food that will not be cooked. Use separate cutting boards for raw meat, poultry and egg products and cooked foods.

Color is NOT a reliable indicator that meat has been cooked to a temperature high enough to kill harmful bacteria.

The only way to be sure the meat or poultry is cooked to a high enough temperature to kill harmful bacteria is to use a thermometer to measure the internal temperature.

  • Fish: 145°F
  • Beef, pork, lamb chops/steaks/roasts: 145 °F with a 3-minute rest time
  • Ground meat: 160°F
  • Poultry: 165°F
  • Hot dogs: 160°F or steaming hot

Refrigerate raw meat and poultry within two hours after purchase or one hour if temperatures exceed 90º F. Refrigerate cooked meat and poultry within two hours after cooking.


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August 15, 2014

Voluntary Recall Notice of McCormick Ground Oregano Due to Possible Salmonella Risk


Contact:
Consumer:
1-800-632-5847


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - August 13, 2014 - SPARKS, Md., August 13, 2014- McCormick & Company, Incorporated is initiating a voluntary recall of McCormick® Ground Oregano, 0.75 oz bottle, UPC 0-523561-6 with code dates BEST BY AUG 21 16 H and AUG 22 16 H due to possible contamination with Salmonella. This recall does not impact any other McCormick Ground, Whole or Oregano Leaves products.

Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea, 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.

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

The product subject to this recall is:

McCormick® Ground Oregano 0.75 oz bottle
UPC NUMBER: 52100003566 (as seen on label: 0-523561-6)
MCCORMICK ITEM NUMBER: 900356
AFFECTED DATE CODES: BEST BY AUG 21 16 H, BEST BY AUG 22 16 H
SHIPPING DATES: April 4, 2014 to August 5, 2014
STATES SHIPPED TO: AL, AZ, CA, CO, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, and WV
INTERNATIONALLY SHIPPED TO: Aruba, Bahamas, Bermuda, Indonesia, Jamaica, Netherlands, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Thailand, and Virgin Islands

The potential risk was brought to McCormick’s attention by FDA during routine testing. This recall affects 1,032 cases that were shipped of the affected date codes.

McCormick has alerted customers and grocery outlets to remove the product with the affected date codes from store shelves and distribution centers immediately, and to destroy this product in a manner that would prevent any further consumption.

Consumers do not need to return the product to the store where it was purchased. Instead, consumers are urged to dispose of the recalled product and its container. Please contact McCormick Consumer Affairs at 1-800-632-5847, weekdays from 9:30 AM to 8:00 PM (Eastern Time), for a replacement or full refund, and with general inquires.

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August 13, 2014

Georgia Firm Recalls Chicken Nugget Product Due To Possible Foreign Matter Contamination



Class II Recall                                                                                                                              052-2014

Health Risk: Low                                                                                                           August 12, 2014




En Español


Congressional and Public Affairs
Congressional and Public Affairs
Lauren Kotwicki
(202) 720-9113


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -WASHINGTON, Aug. 12, 2014 – Perdue, a Gainesville, Ga. establishment, is recalling approximately 15,306 pounds of frozen, fully cooked chicken nugget product that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s FSIS announced today.

The following product is subject to recall: [View Label (PDF Only)]

  • 8-oz. box of “APPLEGATE naturals CHICKEN NUGGETS” bearing the establishment number “P2617” and the “BEST BEFORE” date of “02/05/15”.

The product was produced on Feb. 5, 2014, with a sell by date of Feb. 5, 2015 and bear the establishment number “P2617” inside the USDA Mark of Inspection. The products were shipped to retail outlets nationwide.

The problem was discovered after the firm received consumer complaints that small pieces of plastic were found in the products. FSIS and the company have received no reports of injury or illness from consumption of the product. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness from consumption of these products should contact a healthcare provider.

Applegate conducted a market withdrawal of this product on Aug. 8, 2014. However, as this is a frozen product, consumers may still have this product in their possession.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify that 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 with questions about the recall should contact Gerry Clarkson, Applegate Consumer Relations Specialist at (800) 587-5858. Media with questions about the recall should contact Michelle Kijek, mkijek@foodminds.com at (312) 952-0220.

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 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.

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August 13, 2014

Sunfood Recalls Organic Carob Powder Because Of Possible Health Risk

 


Contact:
Consumer:
1-888-RAWFOOD


Media:
Stacy Johnson
619.596.7979 x320


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - – August 11, 2014 – Sunfood of El Cajon, CA is recalling 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.

Organic Carob Powder was distributed nationwide in retail stores and through mail orders.

The product comes in 1lb, 20lb & 55lb white poly bags. The following lot numbers were affected: 140321,140416,140509,140516,140609,140616 & 140623. Expiration date is 6/5/2015 and UPC Code 803813-04429 8.

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

The potential for contamination was noted after routine testing by our supplier revealed the possibility of Salmonella in the above noted lot numbers.

Production of the product has been suspended while FDA and the company continue to investigate as to the source of the problem.

Consumers who have purchased the affected Organic Carob Powder are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Sunfood at 1-888-RAWFOOD between 8am and 5pm PDT.

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August 11, 2014

Oberto’s Brands recall of chicken strips



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Class III Recall                                                                                                                             051-2014

Health Risk: Low                                                                                                              August 6, 2014


En Español



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


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - WASHINGTON, August 9, 2014 – Oberto’s Brands, a Kent, Wa. establishment, is recalling approximately 57,578 pounds of chicken strip products due to company quality issues, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The products subject to recall includes:[ View Label (PDF Only)]

  • 3, 5.75 and 16 oz. film bags of “Smokey Sweet BBQ Style Chicken Strips”
  • 2.75, 3, 5.75, 9 and 16 oz. film bags of “Spicy Buffalo Style Chicken Strips”

The Smokey Sweet BBQ Style Chicken Strips were first produced on May 14, 2014 and last packaged on July 28, 2014. The Spicy Buffalo Style Chicken Strips were first produced on May 16, 2014 and last packaged on August 6, 2014. The product bears the establishment number “P4837” on the package. The product was sent to retail establishments nationwide as well as internet sales.

The problem was discovered by the company. A sister establishment noticed bloated packages and alerted the company to the problem. The plant determined that the increased water activity is due to “an undetected process deviation.” The establishment further stated the product met all critical limits during production. The company has determined that this a quality control issue and that there are no food safety hazards.

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.

Consumers with questions about the recall should contact Lisa Austin, Vice President of Sales, at (253) 437-6308. Media with questions about the recall should contact Demir Vangelov, Chief Financial Officer, at (206) 437-6370.

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.

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August 8, 2014

Regeneca Worldwide, A Division Of Vivaceuticals, Inc Voluntarily Recalls RegeneSlim Appetite Control Capsules Due To The Presence Of DMAA That May Pose Possible Health Risk



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Consumer:
949-281-2600


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - August 6, 2014 – Regeneca Worldwide a division of VivaCeuticals, Inc. Las Vegas, NV is conducting a voluntary nationwide recall of its RegeneSlim appetite control dietary supplement from lot # EX0616R15814 and lot #11414RE5516 because FDA analysis confirmed the presence of DMAA. DMAA is also known as 1,3-dimethylamylamine, methylhexanamine, or geranium extract. DMAA is commonly used as a stimulant, pre-workout, and weight loss ingredient in dietary supplement products. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned that DMAA is potentially dangerous to health as it can narrow blood vessels and arteries, which can cause a rise in blood pressure or other cardiovascular problems such as shortness of breath, arrhythmias, tightening in the chest, and heart attack.

RegeneSlim is purchased by and distributed through a direct sales force within the United States and Puerto Rico, and through online sales, for both personal consumption and retail sales.

RegeneSlim is packaged in approximately 3 ½” by 3” green and white sachets that contain 2 capsules, with the name RegeneSlim displayed prominently on the front of the sachet.

There have been no illnesses reported to date.

This voluntary recall was the result of FDA analysis confirming the presence of DMAA in RegeneSlim and our company’s sampling. The company continues their investigation as to what caused the problem.

Consumers who have purchased RegeneSlim with the above-mentioned lot numbers are advised to immediately stop using the product and are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full exchange. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-949-281-2600 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. PDT. Consumers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they experience any problems that may be related to taking or using RegeneSlim.

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.

Complete and submit the report Online: www.fda.gov/medwatch/report.htm

Regular Mail or Fax: Download form www.fda.gov/MedWatch/getforms.htm or call 1-800-332-1088 to request a reporting form, then complete and return to the address on the pre-addressed form, or submit by fax to 1-800-FDA-0178.

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

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August 7, 2014

New York Firm Recalls Sausage Product Due To Misbranding and Undeclared Allergen



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Class I Recall                                                                                                                               050-2014

Health Risk: High                                                                                                             August 6, 2014


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Alexandra Tarrant
(202) 720-9113


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - WASHINGTON, August 6, 2014 – Zemco Industries Inc., a Buffalo, NY, establishment, is recalling approximately 106,800 pounds of smoked sausage due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The product contains soy, a known allergen that is not declared on the label of the product. The product subject to recall includes: [View Label (PDF Only)]

  • 2.5 lb. packages of “CAVANAUGH SMOKED SAUSAGE”

The products were produced on June 11, 2014; June 13, 2014; June 19, 2014; July 10, 2014; July 19, 2014; and Aug. 1, 2014. The recalled product has Use By dates of Sept. 9, 2014; Sept. 11, 2014; Sept. 17, 2014; Oct. 8, 2014; Oct. 17, 2014; and Oct. 30, 2014. The product bears the establishment number “Est. 5222” on the package. The product was sent to distribution centers for resale as well as retail establishments nationwide.

The problem was discovered by the company. The problem occurred when the company reformulated the product and updated packaging and labeling but the employees utilized the old formulation containing soy that was not declared on the updated packaging and labels. 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 ensure 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 with questions about the recall should contact Consumer Relations at (866) 328-3156. Media with questions about the recall should contact Worth Sparkman, Public Relations Manager, at (479) 290-6358.

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 l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.

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August 6, 2014

Ortho Molecular Products Issues Allergy Alert On Undeclared Milk In Lifecore Chocolate And Lifecore Complete Chocolate



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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - August 1, 2014 - Ortho Molecular Products of Stevens Point, Wisconsin is recalling all lots of LifeCore Chocolate and LifeCore Complete Chocolate because the flavoring may contain undeclared milk. According to food safety standards, people who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

Products were distributed nationwide to health care practitioners who then distribute the products to their patients as warranted. Distribution of the product has been suspended until further notice.

All LifeCore Chocolate and LifeCore Complete Chocolate products distributed through August 1, 2014 are subject to the recall. Products subject to the recall contain lots numbers beginning with the following numbers:

73286, 73620, 74419, 75339, 73288, 73840, 74562, 75568, 73455, 73859, 74773, 75749, 73482, 73987, 74920, 75919, 73569, 74038, 75309

The lot number and expiration date can be located at the neck of the bottle just above the label.

No adverse events have been reported to date regarding the undeclared milk allergen.

The recall was initiated after it was discovered that the chocolate flavoring used in the products contains a milk allergen which was not disclosed on the packaging of the products.

Consumers who have LifeCore Chocolate or LifeCore Complete Chocolate are urged to contact their health care practitioner who distributed the product to discuss returning or replacing the product. Consumers with questions may contact the company directly at 1-(715) 342-9881.

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August 5, 2014

Seoul Shik Poom Inc. Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Eggs in Choripdong Chocolate Almond Richmond Ice Bar



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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - August 5, 2014 - Seoul Shik Poom Inc. of Englewood, NJ is recalling Choripdong Chocolate Almond Richmond Ice Bar (4bags/432ml) because they may contain undeclared eggs. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to eggs run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

The recalled Choripdong Chocolate Almond Richmond Ice Bar(4bars/432 ml) was distributed nationwide through retail stores.

Choripdong Chocolate Almond Richmond Ice Bar (4bars/432 ml) was sold in a silver plastic cooling bag marked with code # IC1006 and UPC CODE: 761898632925. The product has an expiration date of 03/20/2015 which is stamped on the package.

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

The recall was initiated after the issue was discovered during an FDA inspection of the foreign manufacturer.

Consumers who have Choripdong Chocolate Almond Richmond Ice Bar(4bars/432 ml) and are allergic to eggs are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 201-567-7780 ext 140, Monday to Friday between 9:00am to 5:00pm (Eastern Time Zone).

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August 4, 2014

Wawona Packing Co. Expands Its Voluntary Recall of Fresh, Whole Peaches, Plums, Nectarines, and Pluots Because of Possible Health Risk



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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - July 31, 2014 - Out of an abundance of caution, Wawona Packing Company of Cutler, California is expanding its voluntary recall from July 19, 2014, of whole white and yellow peaches, white and yellow nectarines, plums and pluots due to the potential of the products being contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

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.

The July 19 recall covered specific lots of products packed from June 1 through July 12, 2014. Wawona Packing Company is expanding the recall, as a precautionary step, to cover all products packed in the Wawona Packing Co. facility from June 1, 2014 through July 17, 2014 because the company’s experts have yet to identify with scientific certainty the source of Listeria monocytogenes in the facility.

Beginning on July 18, 2014, no products have been packed at the Wawona Packing facility in Cutler, CA. Products packed on or after July 18 outside of the Wawona Packing Co. facility are not affected by this recall.

Consumers can identify the recalled products by the information provided in the attached photographs. The recalled products include the following brands marketed to consumers: Sweet 2 Eat, Sweet 2 Eat Organic, Mrs. Smittcamp’s, and are also packed in private labels. These brands will be on the boxes or on the stickers placed on individual fruit. Anyone who has the recalled products in their possession should not consume them and should discard them. If consumers are seeking reimbursement, they should return to the store where they purchased the product to request a refund, providing proof of purchase or receipt if available. Consumers with questions may contact Wawona Packing’s consumer information desk at 1-888-232-9912, M-F, 8am-11pm EST or Sat-Sun 8am-8pm EST, or visit www.wawonapacking.com for a copy of this press release and product photos.

Wawona Packing shipped the recalled products directly to retailers and wholesalers who resell or further distribute the products. Because we do not know the locations of the companies or stores that received the products from our direct customers, the company is issuing a nationwide recall.

Wawona Packing has already notified its business customers of the expanded recall, and requested that they remove the additional recalled products from commerce. Wawona Packing is voluntarily recalling these products in consultation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The July 19 recall was initiated based on internal company testing. The company shut down the packing lines, retrofitted equipment, sanitized the facility, and is working with experts on Listeria in making further improvements to the food safety program. Our packing lines in the Cutler, California facility will not reopen until we know, in consultation with experts, that they are safe.

“Wawona Packing believes in the highest standards of food safety. We have been working around the clock to determine the source of the Listeria monocytogenes. We have brought in nationally known experts in food safety to investigate every part of our packing facility, and we are working with the U.S. Food & Drug Administration,” said company president Brent Smittcamp.

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August 4, 2014

Sunburst Superfoods Recalls Organic Raw Carob Powder Because of Possible Health Risk



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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - August 1, 2014 - Sunburst Superfoods of Tuckahoe, NY, is recalling Sunburst SUPERFOODS Organic Raw Carob Powder sold from March 12, 2014 through July 28th, 2014, 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.

Sunburst SUPERFOODS Organic Raw Carob Powder was distributed throughout the United States to consumers through online sales.

Sunburst SUPERFOODS Organic Raw Carob Powder was sold in One Pound and Five Pound bags with no coding. The product is packaged in re-sealable, all-natural brown paper bags with a thin metal and thin plastic lining on the interior of the bags.

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

Our supplier initiated a recall of the bulk Organic Raw Carob Powder after learning that one of its customers received a positive test for Salmonella from their original lot. While sampling conducted by the manufacturer did not indicate the presence of Salmonella, we are recalling this product out of an abundance of caution.

Consumers who have purchased Sunburst SUPERFOODS Organic Raw Carob Powder are urged not to consume the product and to return it to us as soon as possible for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-228-4436, Monday - Friday, 9 am – 4 pm, ET or by e-mail to customerservice@sunburstsuperfoods.com.

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August 4, 2014

New England Greens, LLC dba Vibrant Health Recalls Green Vibrance and Rainbow Vibrance Because of Possible Health Risk



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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - August 1, 2014 - New England Greens of Canaan, Connecticut announced a recall of specific lots of Green Vibrance and one lot of Rainbow Vibrance. Due to a miscommunication, the list of lot numbers identified in the recall notice was not a complete and accurate list. The company is now revising the recall notice with an updated list of the lots affected by the recall. The company is asking the public to disregard the list provided in the previous notice and refer to the lot numbers below.

New England Greens of Canaan, Connecticut is recalling 15 lots of Green Vibrance and one lot of Rainbow Vibrance after a former raw material supplier, Raw Deal of Allamuchy, NJ, recalled the Organic Parsley Leaf Powder used to manufacture Green Vibrance and Rainbow Vibrance because of the potential for contamination with Salmonella. Although the possibility is slight that any amount of Salmonella is present in any of the recalled lots of the above-mentioned products, New England Greens is issuing the recall with an abundance of caution for the safety of its consumers. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

Salmonella is a bacterial organism which may cause from mild to severe food poisoning. In severe cases, sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems may result. Healthy persons infected with Salmonellaoften 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 implicated lots of Green Vibrance and Rainbow Vibrance were distributed nationwide through both brick and mortar and online health food and natural product retailers. The products are packaged in white, high density polyethylene (HDPE) canister jars ranging in size from 20 ounce to 51 ounce. One lot of Green Vibrance capsules, 240 per bottle, are also included in the recall as well as one lot of Green Vibrance single-serving packets, 15 packets per cardboard display box.

Recalled products and lot numbers are as follows:

SKU
Code
Lot #
 
 
 
Green Vibrance Single Serving Display
GVSD
1040176
 
 
 
Green Vibrance Capsules, 240 count
GVC
1401078
 
 
 
Green Vibrance pdr, 181.5 gm, 15-day
GV15
1041084
 
 
 
Green Vibrance pdr, 363 gm, 30-day
GV30
1041083
1401092
1401094
 
Green Vibrance KILOGRAM
GVKG
1041079
1041080
1041081
 
Green Vibrance pdr, 726 gm, 60-day
GV60
1041081
1041082
1041085
1041086
Green Vibrance pdr, 726 gm, 60-day
GV60
1041087
1041088
1041089
 
Rainbow Vibrance
RV19
131193
 
 
 

53,740 units of the above products were sold into the marketplace.

To date, Vibrant Health has received NO COMPLAINTS and there have been NO INCIDENTS of salmonellosis related to any lot number of Green Vibrance or Rainbow Vibrance. Organic parsley leaf comprises just 2.07% of one serving of Green Vibrance and 3.26% of one serving of Rainbow Vibrance. Furthermore, to date, 21 analyses have been run on the parsley material and the finished products containing that material. No contamination has been found.

Consumers who have purchased any of the lot numbers of Green Vibrance or Rainbow Vibrance listed above are urged to return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-242-1835.

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