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Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk in Dark Old Fashioned Sponge Candy

6/11/2014

US Food & Drug Administration
www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm400557.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - June 5, 2014 - Eillien's Candies, Inc. is voluntarily recalling Dark Old Fashioned Sponge Candy because the product contains undeclared milk. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. This recall affects all dates and all products listed below with a "Best By" date prior to June 1st, 2015. (06-01-15). The voluntary recall was initiated after one reported illness. It was discovered that the milk-containing product was distributed in packaging that did not declare the presence of milk. Subsequent investigation indicates the problem was caused by an oversight in the labeling process. For the complete recall notice, including a list of affected products, please visit http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm400557.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

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Voluntary Product Recall: Wegmans Bagged Ice Due to Possible Metal Fragments - Sold in VA, MD, NJ, and some PA stores only

6/11/2014

US Food & Drug Administration
www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm400804.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - June 11, 2014 - Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is voluntarily recalling Wegmans Ice in 18 lb. (UPC 77890 29200) and 7 lb. (UPC 77890 29197) bags sold between January 1 and June 10, 2014. This recall has been initiated because the ice may contain metal pieces from a broken part in the machine that produces the ice, posing a possible choking hazard. The affected bags of Wegmans Ice were sold in Wegmans’ stores located in Pennsylvania (excluding Erie), New Jersey, Virginia, and Maryland. (Note: This recall does not affect Wegmans Ice sold in the company’s New York State, Massachusetts or Erie, PA stores.) Wegmans estimates that approximately 6,000 bags of potentially affected ice were sold. The company also confirmed that automated phone calls will be placed to customers who purchased Wegmans ice, using their Shoppers Club card. For the complete recall notice, please visit http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm400804.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

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FDA Investigates Multistate Outbreak of E. coli O121 Infections Linked to Consumption of Raw Sprouts

6/10/2014

US Food & Drug Administration
www.fda.gov/Food/RecallsOutbreaksEmergencies/Outbreaks/ucm398536.htm
pdate June 10, 2014 FDA conducted an inspection of Evergreen Fresh Sprouts LLC on May 22-23, 2014; May 27-30, 2014, and June 6, 2014. Investigators observed conditions including condensate and irrigation water dripping from rusty valves directly into sprouting vats containing growing sprouts; a rusty and corroded mung bean room watering system; tennis rackets with scratches, chips, and frayed plastic being used to scoop mung bean sprouts from the harvester to the conveyor belt leading to finished product storage bins; a pitchfork with corroded metal being used to transfer mung bean sprouts into plastic tubs during harvest; and a squeegee with visible corroded metal and non-treated wood being used to agitate mung bean seeds inside a soak vat. For the complete news item, please visit http://www.fda.gov/Food/RecallsOutbreaksEmergencies/Outbreaks/ucm398536.htm

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Lansal, Inc. Voluntarily Recalls Egg White Salad With Chives Due To Possible Health Risk

6/8/2014

US Food & Drug Administration
www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm400401.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - June 8, 2014 - Prepared foods manufacturer, Lansal, Inc.(d.b.a. Hot Mama’s Foods), announced today that as a precaution it is voluntarily recalling 304 containers (approximately 114 pounds) of Trader Joe’s Egg White Salad with Chives packaged in 6-ounce plastic containers due to concerns about possible Listeria monocytogenes, an organism, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. The recalled Egg White Salad with Chives was distributed to Trader Joe’s grocery stores in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio & Wisconsin. The voluntary recall applies to product in a 6 ounce, plastic container with UPC # 00666695 and a SELL BY Date of JUN 10, 2014, stamped on the edge of the lid. For the complete recall notice, please visit http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm400401.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

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Dole Packaged Foods Recalls Roasted Garlic Tomato Basil Soup in Texas Due to Undeclared Milk Allergen

6/8/2014

US Food & Drug Administration
www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm400259.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - June 8, 2014 - Dole Packaged Foods, LLC today announced that it is voluntarily recalling DOLE Garden Soup “Roasted Garlic Tomato Basil”, due to an undeclared milk allergen. 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. The product is a 26 oz. carton with UPC Code 3890002404, Lot Numbers WF14113 and WF14114 ONLY, Best by Oct 23 2015 and Oct 24 2015 respectively. The UPC CODE is on the side panel and the lot number and best by information are printed on the top of the carton. The recalled product was distributed only in TEXAS through retail grocery stores. No other Dole Packaged Foods products are affected. For the complete recall notice, please visi thttp://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm400259.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

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Olde Thompson Inc. Issues a Voluntary Recall of Kirkland Signature Coarse Ground Malabar Pepper 12.7 oz Plastic Jars Due to Possible Salmonella Risk

6/6/2014

US Food & Drug Administration
www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm400179.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - June 6, 2014 - Olde Thompson Inc. Oxnard, CA is recalling to the consumer level Kirkland Signature Coarse Ground Malabar Pepper 12.7 OZ Plastic Jars with a Best Before date of 03/2017 and Lot #: OT 065099, OT 065169, OT 065254, OT 065255, OT 065256, and OT 065284, due to possible contamination by Salmonella. This recall is being undertaken with the knowledge of the FDA. 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. For the complete recall notice, please visit http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm400179.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

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Navitas Naturals© Expands Voluntary Recall for Organic Sprouted Chia Powder Products

6/6/2014

US Food & Drug Administration
www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm400185.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - June 6, 2014 - NOVATO, CA -- Navitas Naturals©, the Superfood Company™, today announced an expansion of its voluntary and precautionary recall to include additional expiration dates of products containing Organic Sprouted Chia Powder, due to the possible presence of Salmonella. "Based on investigations by FDA and California Department of Public Health, one of our suppliers Health Matters America Inc. has expanded their recall of Chia products. As a result, we are expanding our voluntary recall to include a broader date range of products. Our business depends on providing safe and healthy food and we will not take chances with our consumer’s wellbeing. Because of this priority, in an abundance of caution, we have deliberately and voluntarily expanded this recall" stated Zach Adelman, Chief Executive Officer of Navitas Naturals. Based on information from CDC we are not aware of any reported illnesses associated with the products included in this expanded date range. The affected products were distributed nationally and include: Navitas Naturals Organic Sprouted Chia Powder, 8oz, UPC 858847000369 all best by dates up to and including 11/22/2015 Navitas Naturals Omega Blend Sprouted Smoothie Mix, 8oz, UPC 858847000314 all best by dates up to and including 11/05/2015 Williams-Sonoma Omega 3 Smoothie Mixer, 8 oz, SKU 506436 all best by dates up to and including OC 2015 No other Navitas Naturals products are affected by this recall. For the complete recall notice, please visit http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm400185.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

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Parkers Farm Acquisition, LLC issues voluntary recall of products due to Listeria contamination

6/5/2014

Minnesota Department of Agriculture
www.mda.state.mn.us/en/news/releases/2014/~/media/Files/news/2014releases/nr20140605-recall.pdf
ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is alerting consumers to avoid eating certain cheese and salsa produced by Parkers Farm Acquisition, LLC of Coon Rapids, Minnesota, due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. There have been no reports of illness associated with consumption of the products. Parkers Farm Acquisition, LLC is cooperating with the MDA investigation and has issued a voluntary recall of all products with the sell by dates listed below. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged to return it to the place of purchase or discard it. For the complete recall notice, please visit http://www.mda.state.mn.us/en/news/releases/2014/~/media/Files/news/2014releases/nr20140605-recall.pdf

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GreenSmoothieGirl Issues Voluntary Recall for Organic Sprouted Chia Seed Powder Products Because of Possible Health Risk

6/5/2014

US Food & Drug Administration
www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm400143.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - June 5 , 2014 - GreenSmoothieGirl is voluntarily recalling two products which contain Organic Sprouted Chia Powder due to possible health risks related to Salmonella contamination. Company CEO, Robyn Openshaw, states, “To date, there have been no reports of sickness traced back to our products, but we have chosen to exert the utmost level of caution in this situation to protect the health and well-being of our customers. We are, therefore, voluntarily recalling products that contain organic sprouted chia powder.” The affected products include: GreenSmoothieGirl Sprouted Ground TriOmega Superfood, 16 oz, UPC 853811005036 with lot number AC030141, Exp. 1/2016 (Silver Ziplock Pouch) GreenSmoothieGirl Sprouted Ground TriOmega Superfood, 16 oz, no UPC, with lot number BIO13TOP300, Exp. 10/2015 (Gold Ziplock Pouch) The lot numbers associated with the recall were distributed in retail stores in UT, OR, MT and directly to consumers throughout the US via GreenSmoothieGirl.com. For the complete recall notice, please visit http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm400143.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

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CDC Report: Restaurants Can Help Prevent Norovirus Outbreaks

6/4/2014

FoodSafetyNews.com
News Desk
www.foodsafetynews.com/2014/06/norovirus-report/
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that there are 19-21 million cases of norovirus infections each year. Food is a vehicle for about 5.5 million cases, and the agency believes that improved food safety is an important part of reducing norovirus infections. This week, CDC issued a report on the latest statistics for norovirus disease and what the food service industry can do to prevent outbreaks from contaminated food. Between 2009 and 2012, there were 4,318 norovirus outbreaks reported to CDC’s National Outbreak Reporting System (NORS). Slightly more than 1,000 of them were linked to food, mostly from restaurants or catering facilities. For the complete news item, please visit http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2014/06/norovirus-report/

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Use a plate, pan or even a plastic bag defrosting raw meats, poultry, or seafood in a refrigerator. Containing the juices that form during the defrosting process helps to prevent potential cross contamination of other items in the refrigerator. These juices may contain illness-causing bacteria that may contaminate ready-to-eat foods unless otherwise contained.

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