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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 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
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, 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




Contact:
Consumer:
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




Contact:
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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