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Target Pulls Hampton Creek Products – Salmonella and Listeria Risk

UnknownBloomberg News reported today that Target began removing all of Hampton Creek Inc.’s products from its stores.

According to Bloomberg, a Target spokeswoman said the company received allegations of food safety concerns as well as accusations of manipulation and adulteration of Hampton Creek’s products. She said one concern involved reports of pathogens found in a manufacturing facility used by Hampton Creek. Target also received allegations that Hampton Creek products had tested positive for Salmonella and Listeria.

Target said other allegations involve mislabeling: that some products are incorrectly labeled as non-Genetically Modified Organism (or non-GMO) food, and that Hampton Creek’s Just Sweet Mustard salad dressing contains honey, even though it is not listed as an ingredient on the

Target carries 20 different Hampton Creek products, among them Just Cookie Dough, Just Dressings, Just Cookies and Just Mayo. Target pulled all 20 products, the spokeswoman said. The retailer has 1,800 stores nationwide.

Target made the decision to pull Hampton Creek’s products through a voluntary market withdrawal, said the company’s spokeswoman. A voluntary market withdrawal is when a retailer removes a product on its own rather than being ordered to do so by a government agency like the FDA.

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