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Blue Bell Ice Cream Recalled Over Listeria Fears

Blue Bell Creameries has pulled more products from the market due to an outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes.

Listeria in Blue Bell ice cream that contributed to the deaths of three people and sickness of two others in Kansas has been traced to a second production facility operated by Blue Bell Ice Cream. A 3-ounce cup of ice cream contaminated with Listeria was traced to a plant in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. The ice cream cups listed below were distributed in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Wyoming via food service accounts:

CA5DAwTWEAAWvbdIce Cream Cup Chocolate (3 FL OZ) No UPC – SKU #453

Ice Cream Cup Strawberry (3 FL OZ) No UPC – SKU #452

Ice Cream Cup Vanilla (3 FL OZ) No UPC – SKU #451

The production line in Broken Arrow that makes the flavors has been stopped.

Ten products recalled earlier this month were from a production line at a plant in Brenham, Texas where the company is based. Blue Bell removed the following items:

Chocolate Chip Country Cookie, Great Divide Bar, Sour Pop Green Apple Bar, Cotton Candy Bar, Scoops, Vanilla Stick Slices, Almond Bars, 6 pack of Cotton Candy Bars, 6 pack of Sour Pop Green Apple Bars, 12 pack of No Sugar Added Moo Bars.

The first recall began after five patients at Via Christi St. Francis hospital in Wichita, Kansas, became ill with listeriosis while hospitalized at some point from December 2013 to January 2015. Officials determined at least four drank milkshakes that contained Blue Bell ice cream. Three of the patients later died.

Listeria symptoms cause fever and muscle aches, and can include gastrointestinal issues, according to the Centers for Disease Control’s website. The sometimes-fatal bacteria primarily affect older adults, pregnant women, newborns and adults with weakened immune systems.

Marler Clark, The Food Safety Law Firm, is the nation’s leading law firm representing victims of Listeria outbreaks. The Listeria lawyers of Marler Clark have represented thousands of victims of Listeria and other foodborne illness outbreaks and have recovered over $600 million for clients. Marler Clark is the only law firm in the nation with a practice focused exclusively on foodborne illness litigation. Our Listeria lawyers have litigated Listeria cases stemming from outbreaks traced to a variety of foods, such as caramel apples, cantaloupe, cheese, celery and milk.

More Spinach Recalled Over Listeria Worries

ucm439763Superior Foods, Inc., is recalling spinach because it may have received organic spinach with the possible presence of Listeria monocytogenes. Product was distributed Nationwide at Target retail stores.

Simply Balanced Organic Chopped Spinach 10-oz steam in bag DPCI # (Department, Class, Item.) 270-00-0663 UPC Code – 85239 00663
Production Date Code and Best By Code
4360SF3 through 7 J1 Best By 26/06/2016
4360SF3 through 7 J2 Best By 26/06/2016
5026SF4 through 8 J1 Best By 26/07/2016
5026SF4 through 8 J2 Best By 26/07/2016
5051SF2 through 4 J1 Best By 20/08/2016
5051SF2 through 4 J2 Best By 20/08/2016

ucm439760Twin City Foods, Inc. of Stanwood, Washington is recalling the following products because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Cadia Organic Cut Spinach, 16 oz. frozen packages UPC 15369 01165 Package code: 23424 Product distributed only in California

Meijer Organics Chopped Spinach, 16 oz. frozen packages UPC 41250 02362 Package code: BEST BY FEB 2017 50415 Distributed to warehouses in MI, OH, and WI

Wild Harvest Organic Cut Leaf Spinach, 16 oz. frozen packages UPC 11535 50170 Package code: SELL BY 08.DEC.2016 L084WE, Distributed to warehouses in AZ, CA, WA Package code: SELL BY 22.JAN.2017 A225WE, Distributed to warehouses in PA and VA Package code: SELL BY 30.JAN.2017 A305WE, Distributed to warehouses in DE, ME, PA, and VA Package code: SELL BY 04.MAR.2017 C045WE, Distributed to warehouses in ME and PA

Wegmans Organic Just Picked Spinach, 12 oz. frozen packages UPC 77890 32932 Package code: BEST USED BY JAN.26.2017 50265, Distributed to warehouses in NY and PA Package code: BEST USED BY FEB.02.2017 50335, Distributed to warehouses in NY and PA

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.

Twin City Foods Link in Spinach Recall

JoNel Aleccia from the Seattle Times wrote: “Spinach from Stanwood recalled for listeria risk.”

Frozen organic spinach produced by a Stanwood firm has been tied to a recall of products that may be contaminated with listeria bacteria.

Wegman’s Food Markets, an East Coast grocery chain, on Monday issued a voluntary recall for about 12,500 packages of organic frozen spinach. Firm officials said Twin City Foods, of Stanwood, Snohomish County, supplied the spinach. It was sold in the frozen-food section of stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland and Massachusetts between Jan. 27 and March 21, 2015.

Also on Monday, Amy’s Kitchen, of Petaluma, Calif., issued a voluntary recall of nearly 74,000 cases of products that may include frozen spinach potentially tainted with listeria. The products include frozen vegetable lasagna, brown rice and vegetable bowls, and stuffed pasta shell bowls. The products were distributed nationwide in the U.S. and Canada.

A person who answered the phone at Twin City Foods said it wasn’t clear that the company had supplied frozen spinach to Amy’s Kitchen. She said Twin Cities could not say what volume of product might have been contaminated with listeria and that owners were not prepared to make a statement. She declined further comment.

Listeria monocytogenes Recall: Blue Bell Ice Cream Cups

ucm439536Blue Bell Ice Cream of Brenham, Texas, is recalling three 3 oz. institutional/food service ice cream cups- chocolate, strawberry and vanilla with tab lids because they have the potential to be contaminated 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 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.

On March 22, the Kansas Department of Health & Environment reported one positive test for Listeria monocytogenes on a chocolate institutional/food service cup recovered from a hospital in Wichita, Kan. This cup was produced in the Broken Arrow, Okla., plant on April 15, 2014. These cups are not sold thru retail outlets such as convenience stores and supermarkets.

The ice cream cups listed below were distributed in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Wyoming via food service accounts.

Ice Cream Cup Chocolate (3 FL OZ) No UPC – SKU #453

Ice Cream Cup Strawberry (3 FL OZ) No UPC – SKU #452

Ice Cream Cup Vanilla (3 FL OZ) No UPC – SKU #451

Listeria monocytogenes Causes More Spinach Products to be Recalled

Amy’s Kitchen, Inc. is voluntarily recalling approximately 73,897 cases of select code dates and manufacturing codes of the products identified on Attachment A. This recall is based on a recall notice from one of Amy’s organic spinach suppliers that Amy’s may have received organic spinach with the possible presence of Listeria monocytogenes, an organism that 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.

Amy’s Kitchen is not aware of any illness complaints to date related to the recalled products identified in Attachment A. Out of an abundance of caution, however, Amy’s Kitchen is recalling these products based on the recall notice we received from our supplier.

The recalled products were distributed to stores nationwide in the United States and in Canada.

The recalled products are identified in Attachment A, and no other products or varieties are included in this recall.

Amy’s Kitchen has notified its distributors and retailers and is taking this voluntary action as a precautionary measure. This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the Food and Drug Administration.

Spinach Recalled from Wegmans

Wegmans Food Markets recalled frozen 12 oz bags of Wegmans Organic Food You Feel Good About Just Picked Spinach over the weekend.

The recalled bags have “best used by” dates of January 26, 2017 and February 2, 2017, according to the announcement from Wegmans which also includes the UPC code from the bags in question.

According to the grocery chain, supplier Twin City Foods notified Wegmans that these packages may have become contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, a bacteria that may cause Listeriosis.

The infection primarily affects older adults, pregnant women, newborns, and adults with weakened immune systems, according to the CDC. Symptoms can include fever, muscle aches, diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms.

Raw Milk Recalled From Claravale Farm Over Campylobacter – Farm Linked to 2012 Outbreak

Consumers urged to dispose of raw dairy products due to bacterial contamination

In 2012 Claravale Farms was linked to 22 Campylobacter illnesses by CDPH.

352ClaravaleTopRaw milk, raw nonfat milk and raw cream produced by Claravale Farm of San Benito County are the subject of a statewide recall and quarantine order announced by California State Veterinarian Dr. Annette Jones.  The quarantine order came following the confirmed detection of campylobacter bacteria in Claravale Farm’s raw milk and raw cream from samples collected and tested by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).

Consumers are strongly urged to dispose of any product remaining in their refrigerators with code dates of “MAR 28” and earlier, and retailers are to pull those products immediately from their shelves.

CDPH found the campylobacter bacteria in samples collected as part of an investigation of illnesses that may have been associated with Claravale Farm raw milk.  No illnesses have been definitively attributed to the products at this time.  However, CDPH is continuing its epidemiological investigation of reported clusters of campylobacter illness where consumption of raw milk products may have occurred.

According to CDPH, symptoms of campylobacteriosis include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever.  Most people with camplylobacteriosis recover completely.  Illness usually occurs 2 to 5 days after exposure to campylobacter and lasts about a week.  The illness is usually mild and some people with campylobacteriosis have no symptoms at all.  However, in some persons with compromised immune systems, it can cause a serious, life-threatening infection.  A small percentage of people may have joint pain and swelling after infection.  In addition, a rare disease called Guillian-Barre syndrome that causes weakness and paralysis can occur several weeks after the initial illness.

Marler Clark, The Food Safety Law Firm, is the nation’s leading law firm representing victims of Campylobacter outbreaks. The Campylobacter lawyers of Marler Clark have represented thousands of victims of Campylobacter and other foodborne illness outbreaks and have recovered over $600 million for clients. Marler Clark is the only law firm in the nation with a practice focused exclusively on foodborne illness litigation. Our Campylobacter lawyers have litigated Campylobacter cases stemming from outbreaks traced to a variety of sources, such as raw milk and municipal water.

What Not to Eat Last Week – Garlic Powder, Mac & Cheese, Walnuts, Spinach Dip, Macadamia Nuts and Coconut Recalled

March 16 – Garlic Powder – Frontier Co-op is voluntarily recalling several of its products manufactured with organic garlic powder that were sold under its Frontier and Simply Organic brands, and one product sold under the Whole Foods Market brand due to potential Salmonella contamination. The product in question was raw material received by Frontier, which tested positive for Salmonella during a test by the United States Food and Drug Administration. On March 18 Vitamin Cottage Natural Food Markets Inc., a specialty retailer of organic and natural products, is expanding their recall of Natural Grocers brand Organic Garlic Powder to all lots as the product has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The recalled product is packaged in clear plastic bags with Natural Grocers label notating Julian pack on dates and pricing per pound. The product was produced in size ranges of 0.25 pound to 0.30 pound. The product was distributed to Natural Grocers’ 95 stores located in Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

March 17 – Mac & Cheese – Kraft Foods Group is voluntarily recalling approximately 242,000 cases of select code dates and manufacturing codes of the Original flavor of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Dinner – due to the possibility that some boxes may contain small pieces of metal. The recalled product is limited to the 7.25-oz. size of the Original flavor of boxed dinner with the “Best When Used By” dates of September 18, 2015 through October 11, 2015, with the code “C2” directly below the date on each individual box. The “C2” refers to a specific production line on which the affected product was made.

March 17 – Walnuts – Trader Joe’s Company is recalling Raw Walnuts because these products have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The recalled Trader Joe’s Raw Walnuts were distributed to Trader Joe’s stores nationwide. The products are packaged in clear plastic bags with the UPC Codes printed on the back. For the Raw California Walnut products, the “BEST BY” dates and Lot Numbers can be found printed on the back of the packages. For the Organic Raw Walnut products, the “BEST BY” dates can be found printed on the front of the packages. On March 18 First Source, LLC of Buffalo, New York is voluntarily recalling 3,276 plastic tubs (6 oz.) of Wegmans Organic Walnut Halves & Pieces because the product may be contaminated with Salmonella. The recalled Wegmans Organic Walnut Halves & Pieces 6oz tubs were distributed to Wegmans’ 85 stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts and sold between January 27, 2015 and March 17, 2015. Wegmans Organic Food You Feel Good About Walnut Halves & Pieces, NET WT 6 oz, packed in clear plastic tubs. On March 20 Aurora Products, Inc. is conducting a voluntary nationwide recall of certain lots of NATURAL WALNUTS and TRAIL MIXES CONTAINING WALNUTS because they have the potential to contain Salmonella. Product was distributed nationwide through retail stores. Product was also distributed in Canada and Bermuda. Aurora is communicating with stores that have received the affected product. Stores have been instructed to cease distribution of these products and to remove the affected product from store shelves. The affected products were produced by Aurora Products, Inc. The potential for contamination was noted after routine testing by an outside company contracted by the FDA revealed the presence of Salmonella in one container of natural walnuts product. Organic walnuts are not affected.

March 20 – Spinach Dip – La Terra Fina is issuing a voluntary recall of its Organic Spinach Dip due to a potential health risk from Listeria exposure. The recall of product available in Bay Area Costco stores is a precaution. This is the only product that has been impacted and there have been no reports of illness. Product Name: La Terra Fina Organic Thick & Creamy Spinach Dip & Spread, 24-ounce tub.

March 21 – Macadamia Nuts – Texas Star Nut and Food Co., Inc. of Boerne, Texas is voluntarily recalling Nature’s Eats Natural Macadamia Nuts, Lot Code #31435001, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Nature’s Eats Natural Macadamia Nuts, Lot Code #31435001 was distributed only to HEB stores, in Texas. The product was sold between 12/30/2014 and 3/20/2015.

March 21 – Coconut – Nutiva, an Organic Superfoods company, has initiated a voluntary product recall of the following O’Coconut™ products after being notified by supplier that samples of a raw material in this product have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Canada Recalls Salmonella Health Mix

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume and retailers not to sell the Aurora brand Cranberry Health Mix described below due to Salmonella.  The following product may have been sold from Winners, HomeSense and Marshalls stores nationally.
Product

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Brand Product Size UPC Codes
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Aurora Cranberry Health Mix 4.5 oz (127 g) various 10/30/15 to 12/13/15
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What you should do:  Check to see if you have the product in your home or establishment. If the product is in your home or establishment, do not consume, sell or use it.  Food contaminated with Salmonella may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick. Young children, pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems may contract serious and sometimes deadly infections. Healthy people may experience short-term symptoms such as fever, headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Long-term complications may include severe arthritis.

Background:  This warning was triggered by a recall in the United States. The CFIA is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of this or other products. If products are recalled, the CFIA will notify the public through a Food Recall Warning.

Illnesses:  There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

O’Coconut Being Recalled Over Salmonella

Nutiva, an Organic Superfoods company, has initiated a voluntary product recall of the following O’Coconut™ products after being notified by supplier that samples of a raw material in this product have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. “We are choosing to voluntarily recall three of our O’Coconut items as a precautionary measure to provide the safest products for our customers,” states John Roulac, Nutiva’s CEO.

The affected products include:

Product #

Description

Packaging

Unit UPC

Display UPC

Master Case UPC

Lot Code

Exp Date

BAR312

O’Coconut™ Classic

Singles/Bag of 8

6-92752-10557-9

N/A

6-92752-10558-6

18FEB15L

18 FEB 16

BAR202

O’Coconut™ Hemp & Chia

Singles/Caddy of 24

6-92752-10502-9

6-92752-10503-6

6-92752-10386-5

24FEB15L

24 FEB 16

BAR302

O’Coconut™ Classic 

Singles/Caddy of 24

6-92752-10500-5

6-92752-10501-2

6-92752-10385-8

20FEB15L

20 FEB 16

The latter two items (BAR202 & BAR302) were distributed via Nutiva.com or as samples only.

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.

Consumers who have purchased these items are urged not eat the product, and to dispose of it or return it to the where it was originally purchased. Please be aware that we have received no customer complaints to date about any of the above listed products.