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Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Egg in Wegmans Easter Bread, 17 oz.

4/22/2014

US Food & Drug Administration

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - April 21, 2014 - Rochester, NY - Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. has initiated a voluntary recall of all Wegmans Easter Bread (braided loaf) 17 oz., UPC 77890 32431 (all code dates) because it contains egg, which is not declared on the label. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to egg run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

Wegmans Easter Bread was produced and sold exclusively in 83 Wegmans stores located in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Virginia, and Maryland. Approximately 29,000 units of the product are affected by the recall. The recall was initiated when the label error was discovered by a Wegmans bakery department employee, who noticed the absence of an allergen advisory.

Wegmans Easter Bread is a braided loaf with drizzled white frosting (some loaves also have colored sprinkles). The product is packaged in clear plastic, and sold in Wegmans bakery department.

For the complete recall notice, please visit http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm394249.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

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Whole Foods Market Southwest Region Recalls Mini Butter Croissants Due to Undeclared Egg

4/21/2014

US Food & Drug Administration

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 18, 2014 – Whole Foods Market Southwest Region is recalling mini butter croissants because they contain eggs, an undeclared allergen. 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.

The recalled mini butter croissants were sold with a Whole Foods Market scale label reading “mini butter croissants” in six pack plastic containers with a “best by” date of April 21 to April 23 and a UPC of 2 28719-00499-1, which is noted on the scale label. The mini butter croissants were distributed to 26 Whole Foods Market stores in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.

The recall was initiated after product was distributed without allergen declared on labeling. The issue was discovered when one illness was reported. To date, one illness has been reported.

For the complete recall notice, please visit http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm394021.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

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Hickory Farms Issues Allergy Alert on Chipotle Ranch Sauce Due to Undeclared Milk

4/21/2014

US Food & Drug Administration

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - April 19, 2014 - Hickory Farms, Inc., the specialty food and holiday gift retailer today announced a voluntary recall of its Chipotle Ranch Sauce due to an undeclared allergen on its label. The Chipotle Ranch Sauce is formulated with buttermilk powder, a known allergen. However, the product was mistakenly released with a label that does not declare the presence of this milk allergen.

No adverse reactions have been reported by consumers. People who are allergic to milk could have a reaction if they consume this product and should dispose of it immediately.

The product subject to this recall bears the label: Hickory Farms Farmstand Recipe “Chipotle Ranch Sauce”, NET WT. 9 oz. and has a Best If Used By date of February 08, 2015 and earlier. This date is located above the back label.

For the complete recall notice, please visit http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm394062.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

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Price Chopper Supermarkets Recalls Price Chopper Brand Tuscan White Bean Hummus due to Mislabeling

4/18/2014

US Food & Drug Administration

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — April 17, 2014 – Price Chopper Supermarkets is issuing a voluntary recall on its Price Chopper Brand Tuscan White Bean Hummus. The product is being recalled due to it being mislabeled with the ingredient panel for Price Chopper Sweet Potato Hummus, which does not declare that the product contains parmesan cheese, a known allergen. Other than this labeling issue, the product is safe for consumption for those not allergic to cheese. The affected products were produced and purchased between March 19, 2014 and April 14, 2014.

Customers who have any of the affected product should return it to their local Price Chopper for a full refund. For more information including a full list of the recalled products visit pricechopper.com or call 800-666-7667, option 3, Monday through Friday, 8:30am -7pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10am-4pm. In addition to alerting the media, Price Chopper has initiated its Smart Reply notification program, which uses purchase data and consumer phone numbers on file in connection with the company's AdvantEdge (loyalty) card to alert those households that may have purchased the product in question.

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Nature’s Universe Issues Voluntary Worldwide Recall of All Thinogenics Products Sold Prior to 02/06/2014 Due to the Presence of Undeclared Sibutramine (appetite suppressant)

4/18/2014

US Food & Drug Administration

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - April 9, 2014 - Nature’s Universe is voluntarily recalling all lots of old Thinogenics product (product sold prior to February 6, 2014, hereinafter the “Old Product”) to the user level after FDA analysis revealed that the Old Product contained undeclared sibutramine. Sibutramine is an appetite suppressant that was withdrawn from the U.S. market in October 2010 (due to increased risk of seizures, heart attacks, arrhythmia and strokes). This ingredient made the Old Product an unapproved drug for which safety and efficacy have not been established and, therefore, subject to recall. Nature’s Universe was advised that the FDA received seven complaints about the Old Product. Nature’s Universe was completely unaware that the Old Product contained sibutramine. Beginning February 13, 2014, as a result of notification from the FDA, Nature’s Universe began selling a new, reformulated Thinogenics that does not contain sibutramine (hereinafter referred to as the “New Product”).

These products are used as weight loss aids and are packaged as capsules in bottles. The New Product (which is not being recalled) can be identified because each bottle contains 45 capsules (see attached label), where the Old Product contains 30 capsules per bottle (see attached label). Any of the remaining Old Product sold prior to February 6, 2014 is being recalled. Nature’s Universe distributed these products worldwide to customers via internet sales through their website at www.shopnaturesuniverse.com disclaimer icon and www.easy2loseweight.com disclaimer icon .

Nature’s Universe is notifying its customers by letter. Customers are advised to immediately discontinue use of the Thinogenics Old Product purchased prior to February 6, 2014 and should return the product immediately to Nature’s Universe, 2817 West End Avenue, Nashville, Tennessee 37203 for the new, replacement product which has been reformulated and does not contain sibutramine.

For the complete recall notice, please visit http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm393876.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

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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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