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Dry Eviscerated Salted Fish Recalled

ucm497551Krasnyi Oktyabr Inc. in Brooklyn, NY, is recalling Vobla (Roach) Dry Eviscerated Salted Fish and Bream Dry Eviscerated Salted Fish because they have the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium which can cause life threatening illness or death. Consumers are warned not to use the products even if they do not look or smell spoiled.

Botulism, a potential fatal form of food poisoning, can cause the following symptoms: general weakness, dizziness, blurred or 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.

The products were imported from Russia and sold to retail stores in New York and California from February through April 2016.

The products are sold in un-coded clear, vacuum pack plastic bags, each weighing 5.29 ounces:

  • VOBLA (ROACH) DRY EVISCERATED SALTED FISH, UPC 4606495-001308;
  • BREAM – DRY EVISCERATED SALTED FISH, UPC 4606495001346

The potential for contamination was noted after routine sampling and inspection by the US Food and Drug Administration and subsequent analysis of the Bream fish by the FDA confirmed that the Bream fish was not properly eviscerated prior to processing.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

Salmonella Recall: Organic Spiced Herbal Tea

ucm497300CVS Pharmacy® announced today that it has voluntarily recalled select cases of Gold Emblem Abound™ Organic Spiced Herbal Tea following notification from the manufacturer that the product is potentially contaminated with Salmonella. An ingredient produced by the manufacturer’s raw material supplier tested positive for Salmonella in another company’s product. CVS Pharmacy’s Gold Emblem product also contains this ingredient.

The product is labeled “Gold Emblem Abound Organic Spiced Herbal Tea 1.41 oz” and was packed in 1.4 oz cartons. The recalled product has a single best by date of 18 Mar 2018 with a UPC code 0 50428 541043. No other best by dates are affected. The product was available at CVS Pharmacy stores nationwide.

Salmonella is an organism that 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.

Approximately 200 units of the recalled product were sold prior to this recall. The Company is not aware of any reported cases of illness to date related to this product and it has issued this voluntary recall as a matter of precaution.

CVS Pharmacy has removed the affected products from its stores and the manufacturer has notified the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. A “do not sell” block has also been placed in the Company’s store register system to prevent further sale of these recalled items.

Fifteen Frozen Vegetable Items Recalled over Listeria

CRF Frozen Foods of Pasco, Washington is voluntarily recalling fifteen frozen vegetable items that 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.

No illnesses have been reported to date, but the company is recalling the products as a precaution. The Listeria was discovered through routine testing by state health officials in OhioListeria monocytogenes was found to be present in one lot of Individually Quick Frozen (IQF) organic petite green peas and one lot of IQF organic white sweet cut corn.

Recalled items were sold in plastic bags and are marked with Use By Dates located on the back of the package. Listed below are details regarding the recalled items:

Label

Size

Item

UPC

Use By Date

True Goodness by Meijer

10 oz

Organic Petite Green Peas

7 13733 43099 9

11/26/2017

True Goodness by Meijer

10 oz

Organic White Sweet Corn

7 13733 43098 2

11/21/2017

Wellsley Farms Organic

4 lb

Organic Mixed Veg 

8 88670 01013 6

10/25/2017

Wellsley Farms Organic

4 lb

Organic Green Peas

8 88670 00997 0

2/10/2018

Wellsley Farms Organic

4 lb

Organic Green Peas

8 88670 00997 0

2/15/2018

Wellsley Farms Organic

4 lb

Organic Green Peas

8 88670 00997 0

3/17/2018

Organic by Nature – Canada

2.5 kg

Organic Green Peas

846358000619

10/22/2017

Organic by Nature – Canada

2.5 kg

Organic Green Peas

846358000619

12/3/2017

Organic by Nature – Canada

2.5 kg

Organic Green Peas

846358000619

3/16/2018

Organic by Nature

4 lb

Organic Green Peas

846358000695

10/25/2017

Organic by Nature

5 lb

Organic Green Peas

846358000633

2/15/2018

Organic by Nature

5 lb

Organic Veg Medley w/ Shelled Edamame

846358000657

2/11/2018

Organic by Nature

4 lb

Organic White Supersweet Corn

846358000701

11/19/2017

Organic by Nature

5 lb

Organic White Supersweet Corn

846358000640

9/13/2017

Schwan’s

16 oz

Organic SS Yellow & White Cut Corn

007218060433

11/16/2017

2B5320

 

We know the recalled frozen vegetables were distributed to retailers and distribution centers between September 13, 2015 and March 16 in the following states, and may be redistributed in other states nationwide: AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, LA, MD, MA, MI, MN, MO, MT, NV, NH, NJ, NY, NC, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, and in British ColumbiaAlbertaManitobaSaskatchewan of Canada.

Lorigo Meating Place Recalls Hamburger over E. coli Concerns

08814dfb6f2f41d1bce6fe7dacbee6cbMeating Place, a Buffalo, N.Y., establishment, is recalling approximately 325 pounds of ground beef product that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The ground beef patties were produced on April 15, 2016. The following product is subject to recall: [View Label (PDF Only)]

  • 5-lb. boxes of “LORIGO BRAND BEEF PATTIES KEEP FROZEN THE MEATING PLACE INC.” with a package code of 120106.

The product subject to recall bears establishment number “Est. 8631” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The item was shipped to retail and institutional locations in the Buffalo, NY area.

The problem was discovered by FSIS during routine in-plant review of testing results. There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of this product.

E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps 2–8 days (3–4 days, on average) after exposure to the organism. While most people recover within a week, some develop a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). This condition can occur among persons of any age, but is most common in children under 5-years old and older adults. It is marked by easy bruising, pallor, and decreased urine output. Persons who experience these symptoms should seek emergency medical care immediately.

FSIS and the company are concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers’ freezers.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

Soup Recalled Over Botulism Fears

recalled-Marys-vegetable-soupVegetable soup distributed to retailers and farmers markets in three states is under recall because laboratory tests showed it could be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, which causes botulism poisoning.

Mary’s Home Canning of Lancaster, PA, produced the vegetable soup, which is sold in glass jars with plain black and white labels that do not include any traceability  or expiration codes, according to the recall notice on the Food and Drug Administration’s website.

“Consumers are warned not to use the product even if it does not look or smell spoiled,” according to the recall notice.

“Botulism, a potentially fatal form of food poisoning, can cause the following symptoms: 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.”

Retailers and farmers markets in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware received the Mary’s Homemade Vegetable Soup. The labels read, in part: “Mary’s Home Made Vegetable Soup … Heat and Serve … 829-A Strasburg Road, Paradise, PA 17562.”

Inspectors with the FDA discovered the potential for Clostridium botulinum contamination when lab tests on a sample of the soup showed high pH levels, indicating inadequate time and temperature during its production.

Listeria Prompts Reser’s Fine Foods Recall

Screen Shot 2016-04-10 at 7.21.49 PMReser’s Fine Foods, Inc. of Beaverton, Oregon is recalling nineteen refrigerated salad items due to notification from one of our ingredient suppliers that Listeria monocytogenes may be present in one lot of onions that was used in the manufacture of these salads.  

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometime fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and individuals with weakened immune systems. Healthy people 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 woman.

The recalled refrigerated salads were distributed to retailers and distribution centers in the following states: AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, NE, NM, NV, OH, OK, OR, PA, SD, TN, TX, UT, WA, WY, and British Columbia.

The retail product is sold in plastic containers and is marked with a Use By Date and the #10 at the end of the line of printing.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

The recall was the result of a notification from one of our onion suppliers that the bacteria may be present in one lot of onions used in the manufacture of these refrigerated salads.  No other items were manufactured using this lot of onions.

Consumers are urged not to consume these products.

Sliced Red Apples with Listeria Risk

Fresh from Texas of San Antonio, Texas is voluntarily recalling multiple products containing sliced red apples which are identified below 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.
The product was sold by H-E-B stores in Texas.

Photographs of the recalled product are included below. Only the following products and production lots are affected:

Product UPC Code Best By Date Packaging
H-E-B READY FRESH GO SLICED RED APPLES 22.5 oz 4122018603 03/16 to 04/11 Bagged Item
H-E-B READY FRESH GO SLICED RED APPLES WITH CARAMEL DIP 16 OZ 4122079830 03/16 to 04/11 Bagged Item
Value Pack Sliced Apples 28 oz. 42797 96149 03/16/2016 to 04/11/2016 Clear Bowl
Red & Green Apples Large 17 oz. 41220 87649 03/16/2016 to 04/11/2016 Clear Container
Large Sliced Red Apples 17 oz 41220 87646 03/16/2016 to 04/11/2016 Clear Container
Fruit Party Tray 45 oz 41220 87997 03/16/2016 to 04/03/2016 Clear Rectangle Container
Deluxe Fruit Tray 52 oz 42797 96661 03/16/2016 to 04/03/2016 Clear Round Container
Apples & Grapes 10 oz 41220 87666 03/16/2016 to 04/03/2016 Clear Container
Fruit & Veg Combo Tray 40oz 42797 96688 03/16/2016 to 04/03/2016 Clear Rectangle Tray
H-E-B READY FRESH GO FRESH FRUIT MEDLEY 7 oz. 41220 02402 03/16/2016 to 04/03/2016 Clear Container
H-E-B READY FRESH GO CARROTS, APPLES & CELERY WITH RANCH DIP 6.75 oz 41220 54448 03/16/2016 to 04/03/2016 Clear Container with 4 compartments
H-E-B READY FRESH GO CARROTS, APPLES WITH SESAME STICKS, & HUMMUS 6oz 41220 02144 03/16/2016 to 04/03/2016 Clear Rectangle Container with 4 compartments
H-E-B READY FRESH GO CARROTS, APPLES WITH YOGURT PRETZELS AND RANCH DIP 4.75 oz. 41220 02119 03/16/2016 to 04/03/2016 Clear Rectangle Container with 4 compartments
H-E-B READY FRESH GO PINEAPPLE, GRAPES & APPLES WITH BANANA CHIPS 6oz 41220 02138 03/16/2016 to 04/03/2016 Clear Container with 4 compartments

The recall was the result of internal company testing which indicated the presence of Listeria Monocytogenes in two random samples of the same product. The company has ceased the production and distribution of the product as FDA and the company continue their investigation as to what caused the problem.

Customer Glass Complaint Prompts Pepper Recall

ucm493854Roland Foods, LLC, of New York, NY, in cooperation with the manufacturer in Peru, is initiating a voluntary recall of specific lots of Roland® Fire Roasted Red Pepper Strips due to the possible presence of glass fragments in the product, therefore posing a potential health hazard.

Roland® Fire Roasted Red Pepper Strips were distributed nationwide and to Canada to food distributors, food service customers, and super market chains for further distribution or use.

The following product is subject to the voluntary recall:

  • Roland® Fire Roasted Red Pepper Strips, NET Wt. 5 LB. 8 OZ. can
  • Item #: 45628
  • Lot #s: 427, 428, 432, 437
  • UPC #: 10041224456287 (carton) and 041224456280 (can)
  • Pack Size: 6 x 5 LB. 8 OZ. cans per shipping carton
  • Production Codes (code is ink jet printed on the top of the can):
    G1 MSS 1 P0929 and G1 MSS 2 P0929
  • Carton Markings:
    • ITEM 45628
    • LOT #s: 427, 428, 432, 437
    • Fire Roasted Red Pepper Strips
    • Roland®
    • UPC 10041224456287

No other sizes of Roland® Fire Roasted Red Pepper Strips or products are affected by the voluntary recall.

The recall was initiated after the firm received customer complaints of glass in the product. The recalling firm has notified the manufacturer of the findings in order to conduct an investigation as to what caused the problem.

Broccoli Recalled after Listeria Test

ucm493850Alimentos Congelados, S.A. (Pinula) is voluntarily recalling 1,800 cases of Frozen Broccoli Cuts because it has 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.

The Frozen Broccoli Cuts were distributed to stores in the following states: Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina and North Carolina.

The affected Frozen Broccoli Cuts were distributed in poly bags under the following label and code:

  • WYLWOOD Fresh Frozen Broccoli Cuts, NET WT. 16 OZ (1 LB), UPC 5193300110, with bag code: A25335P and A15335P

The company has not received any complaints in relation to this product and is not aware of any illnesses associated with the product to date.

The recall was the result of retail package of Frozen Broccoli Cuts being tested by the State of Ohio Department of Agriculture. The Frozen Broccoli Cuts had tested positive for Listeria Monocytogenes. The company has ceased distribution of Frozen Broccoli Cuts, and is fully cooperating with regulatory agencies.

More Pistachios Recalled over Salmonella

ucm492348American Gourmet of Vista, CA is recalling American Gourmet Roasted/Salted Pistachios because they may be contaminated with Salmonella. American Gourmet was informed by its Pistachio supplier to initiate a voluntary recall. Salmonella is 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.

The products, which were distributed in San Diego, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties in the state of California through retail stores and can only be identified by Best by Dates found on the lower bottom panel of the package.

Name: Roasted and Salted Pistachios Roasted and Salted Pistachios Roasted and Salted Pistachios
Size: 2.5 oz 4 oz 7.5 oz
Best By: 11.5.2016 through 1.13.2017 11.5.2016 through 1.13.2017 11.5.2016 through 1.13.2017
UPC Code: 1578600108 1578600135 1578600123