Archive for the Category Foodborne Illness


Listeria Fears Lead to Recall of Hummus by Hagee Foods

Numerous varieties and brands of hummus are being recalled by Hagee Foods. Doing business as Penny’s Salsa, the company made the various recalled hummus products available for sale throughout Washington and Oregon between May 27 and July 14 of this year.  Each recalled product, which will have a Use By date between July 13 and August 25 and come in an eight or 12 ounce package (as well as a 1.5 ounce package on certain vegetable trays), could suffer from a Listeria monocytogenes contamination.  Department of Agriculture testing uncovered the problem, and owners are being instructed to take the hummus back to the store it was bought to get their money back.

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BPA Officially Banned From Baby Food Packaging By The FDA

Bisphenol A, otherwise known as BPA, has officially been banned from the packaging of baby foods by the Food and Drug Administration.  The final rule, which was published at the end of last week, will be more of a symbolic step at this point than anything else, as the FDA notes that product manufacturers no longer even use BPA.  It was this very abandonment of the substances that allowed the FDA to exercise its banning privilege under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.  The American Chemistry Council believes this measure will serve to make consumers more aware of the unavailability of the substance and remove the confusion that might exist.  At the moment, the FDA is still looking into the potential health ramifications of BPA but has not come to any conclusions based off of ongoing research.

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FDA Seeks Limit of Inorganic Arsenic in Apple Juice

The Food and Drug Administration wants to limit how much inorganic arsenic can be found in apple juice.  If the current proposal is finalized, apple juice made available to consumers wouldn’t be able to post levels higher than 10 parts per billion, the same threshold the Environmental Protection Agency mandates for water.  That’s not to say that persons are going around intentionally poisoning people; inorganic arsenic is a naturally recurring mineral in the environment, and in the past, certain pesticides which contained arsenic may have created residue that seeped in to the soil over time.  The FDA notes that, although samples have shown that inorganic arsenic levels remain low among apple juice products, they want to ensure that consumers are protected from such a potential danger.

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Pacific Sea Salt Recalled By Somersault Over Undeclared Allergen Fears

712 cases of Somersault Pacific Sea Salt products are being recalled by the Somersault Snack Company because of a potential undeclared allergen threat.  The packages of these items could actually contain the Santa Fe Salsa version of the product, which contains milk.  Because the label fails to highlight the appearance of milk, the undeclared allergen risk presents itself.  Available only from Target in one ounce packages sold in counts of six, the items will have a sell by date reading FEB061481 or FEB061483.  The product was provided to Target distribution centers in California and four other states.  Allergic parties should bring the food to Target to get their money back.

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Three Frere Cheeses Recalled By Crave Brothers Over Listeria Worries

A potential Listeria monocytogenes risk has prompted the recall of Les Freres, Petit Frere, and Petit Frere with Truffles by the Waterloo, Wisconsin-based Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese Company.  Each of the products was available across the country and carries a make date prior to July 1 of this year.  Regulators are in the midst of a probe of a potential Listeria outbreak, leading Crave Brothers to initiate this particular recall.  Persons exposed to the aforementioned bacteria can experience things like diarrhea, nausea, and fever, and certain at-risk demographics are susceptible to more serious symptoms.  Owners should refrain from consumption and toss out the product or bring it back for a refund.

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Chai Recalled By Washington Company Over Botulism Worries

A company based in Eastsound, Washington is recalling a couple of products due to fears that the items have been contaminated with Clostridium Botulinum.  Harmony Chai announced the recall, which affects Decaffeinated Rooibos and Concentrated Black Spiced Chai.  Because the company can’t assure consumers that the products were processed as they were supposed to be, a contamination is a possibility.  At the moment, no one has reported becoming ill at the moment, and to ensure that continues, consumers in the Washington area who have the Chai in their possessions are being advised to bring the items back to the store for a refund.   The Chai came in either a 22 ounce or a 64 ounce bottle.

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Toasted Almond Gelato Recalled By Talenti Due to Undeclared Pecan Risk

Toasted Almond Gelato is being recalled by Talenti Gelato and Sorbetto due to a potential undeclared allergen threat.  The recall pertains to items with a Best By Date of November 15, 2014 that were sold in Washington and multiple other states.  This adds up to around 816 pints of gelato.  The package of this ice cream reportedly fails to declare that pecans could be contained within, and thus persons allergic to that ingredient could find themselves facing a dangerous reaction.  No one has admitted being put through such a predicament at this time, and persons worried about the potential risk are being asked to get rid of the gelato as soon as possible.

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Hepatitis A Fears Cause Recall of Pomegranate Kernels By Scenic Fruit

Woodstock Frozen Organic Pomegranate Kernels available in Washington, California, and multiple other states are being recalled because of the possibility that consumers could be exposed to Hepatitis A.  An investigation by the Food and Drug Administration into a recent outbreak led to this recall, which was issued by the Scenic Fruit Company, an entity based in Gresham, Oregon.  Although no Hepatitis A has been detected in the item and no purchasers have reported sustaining an illness thus far, owners are being asked to cease eating these products.  The kernels came in an eight ounce pouch containing a Best By date of February 4, March 28, or April 19 of 2015.  5,091 cases are impacted by the recall.

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Three Burst Cookies Flavors Recalled Due To Undeclared Milk

Almond, Raspberry, and Brownie-flavored Burst Cookies are being recalled by the Schenectady, New York-based Price Chopper Supermarket due to the potential presence of an undeclared allergen.  These items, which hail from Jacqueline’s Wholesale Bakery, reportedly contain milk without the label stating as much.  This error reportedly derives from a labeling mixup created due to an error by Jacqueline’s.  The recall involves all those products that contain a sell-by date between this past September 5 and June 21.  Those concerned about a possible adverse reaction in association with these products should bring the items to the place of purchase to get their money back.

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Salmonella Risk Prompts Recall of Dry Pet Food By Natura Pet Products

Various types of dry pet foods for dogs, cats, and ferrets are being recalled by Natura Pet Products because of a possible Salmonella contamination.  An illness could impact the animals themselves or even those pet owners who make contact with the food.  The recall pertains to Healthwise, Karma, California Natural, EVO, Innova Dry, and Mother Nature branded products that expire prior to June 10 of next year.  Consumers should check the full recall notice for the specific types of food affected.  Owners should be on the lookout for pet lethargy and refrain from providing the food to their pets or even handling the product.  Instead, the food should be disposed of in a safe manner.

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Dark Chocolate Candy Recalled By OSKRI Due to Undeclared Allergen Risk

The Lake Mills, Wisconsin-based OSKRI Corporation has announced the recall of various dark chocolate candies because of a potential undeclared allergen threat posed.  Persons allergic to milk might face a severe reaction if they consume the affected Fig Dark Chocolate Bars, Almond Dark Chocolate Bars, Coconut Bar Dark Chocolate, and Coconut Bar Dark Chocolate Minis.  The items were available across the country and will be 1.9 ounces in size and have a Lot Number ranging from 001 to 154.  No one has reported becoming ill at this point, and to ensure that continues, concerned parties ought to arrange for a return of the item for a refund.

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Undeclared Milk Prompts Recall of Vega Sport Protein and One Bars

Sport Protein and ONE Bars of various flavors under the Vega brand are being recalled by Sequel Naturals because of an undeclared allergen threat.  Available across the country, the bars might contain milk without the label declaring as much.  Persons allergic to the substance could face a serious reaction that could even be fatal under the right circumstances.  One person has already reported suffering a reaction in conjunction with the bars, and allergic parties are being encouraged to get in touch with Vega to get their money back.  The company has announced its intention to alter the label to more clearly delineate the potential presence of milk; at the moment, the label only stipulates that the bars may have been made in an area where various allergens are present.

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Wardley Betta Fish Food Recalled By Hartz Over Salmonella Threat

The Secaucus, New Jersey-based Hartz Mountain Corporation has announced the recall of one lot of 1.2 ounce versions of Wardley Betta Fish Food because there’s a possibility that the product could suffer from a Salmonella contamination.  Not only could this affect fish eating the food, but even a person handling the food could suffer from a Salmonella-based illness.  More than 8,000 containers made available across the country between May 13 and June 4 are impacted and each will have a lot code of PP06331.  No illnesses have been reported at this time, but consumers are being asked to cease feeding this product to their fish and to simply throw out the item.  Customers can get a refund by contacting Hartz.

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Review Suggests Canadian Beef Recall Was Preventable

A few months back, much was made of a recall of Canadian beef from an Alberta food producer called XL Foods.  The threat of foodborne illness led to what’s been considered the largest recall of beef in the history of Canada.  Now, an independent review has discovered that the whole thing could have been prevented if the overseers of the plant would have enacted basic mandatory safety procedures.  The problems were reportedly manifold.  Not only were staff members not well-versed in recall procedures, but the equipment used during food processing wasn’t properly cleaned and cleaning itself wasn’t conducted on a regular basis.  And when members of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency actually looked at the plant, they failed to notice potential safety issues.

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Latis Seafood Products Recalled By Prime Food Over Listeria Fears

The Brooklyn, New York-based Prime Food USA has announced the recall of Seafood Products under the Latis Brand because there’s a possibility that Listeria might be present in the items.  Available across the country, the seafood impacted by the recall will be of Latvian origin and contain a UPC that starts with 75100407.  Although no one has reported suffering an illness in association with any of these products at this time, testing by New York state officials has highlighted the presence of Listeria in sample items, a finding that was confirmed by Food Laboratory analysis.  The items can be brought back to the store by those looking for a refund.  The seafood should not be eaten.

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Hepatitis A Fears Prompt Recall of Frozen Organic Antioxidant Blends

Frozen Organic Antioxidant Blends are being recalled by the Fairview, Oregon-based Townsend farms.  The recall affects those items available under the Townsend Farms brand from Costco and under the Harris Teeter brand from Harris Teeter grocers.  In the latter case, the product would have been called “Antioxidant Berry Blend.”  These products are being recalled because there is a chance they could contain the Hepatitis A virus.  Turkish pomegranate seeds are thought to be to blame for the contamination, which may have already prompted an outbreak outside the US.  In the US, investigators are looking into whether or not 34 cases of Hep A could be related to this product.  Persons who have already consumed the product are advised to speak with a doctor to figure out if a vaccination is necessary.

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Cinnamon Pumpkin Cookies Recalled By Cheryl’s Over Allergen Risk

Buttercream Frosted Cinnamon Pumpkin Cookies are being recalled by the Westerville, Ohio-based Cheryl’s because of a potential undeclared allergen threat.  There is a chance that the 1.6 ounce packages of these cookies actually contain a different type of cookie that has peanuts, and thus persons allergic to that ingredient could find themselves suffering a potentially serious reaction.  No one has reported sustaining such a reaction at this point, and indeed a statement on the label already illuminates that products made in the factory may have made incidental contact with nuts.  Owners are urged to throw out the products if they’re concerned; they can get a refund and coupon for future purchases.

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Product Mixup Prompts Recall of Farmer’s Market Veggie Burgers

Farmer’s Market Veggie Burgers are being recalled by Lightlife Foods because there’s a possibility that the items could contain milk without the label stating as much.  This would potentially imperil those persons who are allergic to this substance and consume the burger.  The safety hazard derives from an apparent mixup that led Black Bean Burgers that do contain milk to be contained in the Veggie Burger box.  The recall affects 12 ounce, four count packages with a Best if Used By Date of July 16 and 30.  Although a consumer complaint enlightened Lightlife to the issue, no one has reported becoming sick or suffering a reaction in conjunction with these burgers, which were available around the country.  Concerned parties are advised to throw out the burgers.

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Listeria Threat Prompts Recall of Salmon Items From Salmolux

Various cold smoked salmon items are being recalled by the Federal Way, Washington-based Salmolux because of a potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination.  No one has reported becoming ill in conjunction with these products at this time, but purchasers and consumers should be on the lookout for such things as fever, nausea, diarrhea, and more.  The recall affects nearly 5,000 pounds of fresh and frozen salmon available in a handful of states, including California and Washington.  FDA sampling uncovered the safety issue, and an investigation is ongoing into how the Listeria made its way into the final product.  Anyone with these products in their possession should bring them back for a refund.

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FDA Explains Genetically Engineered Food Regulatory Policies

In a new report, the Food and Drug Administration outlines the steps the organization has taken to regulate genetically engineered foods, or GE foods.  This type of food is differentiated from standard breeding and selection processes by the adoption of biotechnology.  The FDA notes that such foods entered our nation’s food supply in the 90s, with soybeans, cotton, and corn quickly becoming the most visible types of GE food.  The FDA requires that GE foods adhere to the same standards set forth in regards to any other type of food.  Manufacturers are also asked to work with the FDA prior to bringing a GE product to market.  At the moment, having a label disclosing the presence of GE ingredients is not required, but the FDA does encourage manufacturers to include such information voluntarily.

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