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anonymous  October 10, 2007 3:08 PM

Potential Pot Pie And Salmonella Link10 Oct 2007   

American food company ConAgra is advising consumers not to eat Banquet Turkey and Chicken Pot Pies until further notice after being contacted by health officials about a possible link to Salmonella outbreaks affecting nearly 140 people in 30 US states since the start of this year. The products affected are frozen chicken or turkey pot pie products bearing the Banquet brand plus generic store brand not-ready-to-eat pot pie products that have the number "P-9" printed on the side of the package.

The food company believes the Salmonella outbreaks are most likely due to consumers undercooking the products. They said they are cooperating with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to find the cause of the outbreaks and to take any steps to stop this happening again. One possibility is that the cooking instructions on the packaging are not clear enough, for instance with respect to cooking times for consumers using microwaves of different wattages.

In the meantime consumers should throw the product away, but keep the packaging if they want a refund. To get a refund, consumers should take the whole package back to the store where they bought the goods, or they can cut out and send the side panel that bears the "P-9" code to: ConAgra Foods, Dept. BQPP, P.O. Box 3768, Omaha, NE 68103-0768.

The company said it would like to remind consumers that these products are not ready to eat and should be cooked thoroughly first according to the instructions on the label. For instance if you use a microwave, make sure you know the wattage because cooking times are different for different wattages.

The company said it is already working to make the microwave cooking instructions on the products clearer. Salmonella is killed by cooking food thoroughly.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the US Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSI, and public health officials in several states are investigating an outbreak of a particular strain of Salmonella in 139 humans in 30 states across the US. No deaths have been reported and the ages of the people infected range from under 1 year to over 80.

The cases occurred between 1st January and 9th October 2007. The particular bacterial strain involved is Salmonella I,4,[5],12:i:- (pronounced "four five twelve eye minus") and the genetic fingerprint of the bacteria in all cases is identical.

By comparing the foods eaten by people who have been infected with those who have not, health officials found a significant statistical link between the cases and consumption of Banquet brand pot pies produced by the ConAgra Foods company.

The states affected are:
  • Arizona (1 person),
  • California (5),
  • Connecticut (3),
  • Delaware (5),
  • Georgia (2),
  • Idaho (2),
  • Illinois (3),
  • Indiana (3),
  • Kansas (2),
  • Kentucky (7),
  • Massachusetts (5),
  • Maryland (5),
  • Maine (1),
  • Minnesota (5),
  • Missouri (11),
  • Montana (4),
  • Nevada (6),
  • New York (6),
  • Ohio (6),
  • Oklahoma (1),
  • Oregon (2),
  • Pennsylvania (13),
  • Tennessee (5),
  • Texas (4),
  • Utah (2),
  • Virginia (6),
  • Vermont (2),
  • Washington (1),
  • Wisconsin (19), and
  • Wyoming (2).
According to the CDC, most people infected with Salmonella will have symptoms such as diarrhea, fever, and abdominal pains 12 to 72 hours after ingesting the bacteria. The illness, which is called salmonellosis, lasts between 4 and 7 days and most people recover without treatment. However in some rare cases the infection can become severe. Small babies, the elderly and people whose immune systems are weak are the most vulnerable. The bacteria can spread from the intestines to other parts of the body and patients can die in these cases if not promptly treated with antibiotics.  [report anonymous abuse]
 
anonymous  October 06, 2007 12:53 PM

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Kraft Foods Recalls Baker's Premium White Chocolate Baking Squares Because of Possible Health Risk

Contact:
Cathy Pernu
847-646-3946

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Northfield, IL -- October 3, 2007 -- Kraft Foods has issued a recall in the U.S. for Baker’s Premium White Chocolate Baking Squares (6 oz.) with a UPC Code 0043000252200 and four best when used by dates:

31 MAR 2008 XCZ
01 APR 2008 XCZ

02 APR 2008 XCZ
03 APR 2008 XCZ

This product may be contaminated with Salmonella, (a bacterium that causes foodborne illness).

Symptoms of foodborne illness caused by Salmonella include fever, diarrhea and abdominal cramps. In persons with poor underlying health or weakened immune systems, Salmonella can invade the bloodstream and cause life-threatening infections.

The product was distributed nationwide. Consumers should not consume the recalled product and should discard any product they may have.

The potential for contamination was noted after testing by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that detected the presence of Salmonella in some packages of Baker’s Premium White Chocolate Baking Squares (6 oz.). The company is aggressively investigating the source of the problem.

This recall is only for Baker’s Premium White Chocolate Baking Squares (6 oz.). No other varieties of Baker’s White Chocolate or any other Baker’s products sold in the United States are impacted by this recall.

Consumers can contact the company at 1-800-310-3704 with any questions they may have or to request reimbursement for purchased product.

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anonymous  October 06, 2007 12:51 PM

Campbell Voluntarily Recalls Campbell’s Chunky Baked Potato With Cheddar & Bacon Bits

Contact:
Consumer Hotline
888-453-3868

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Camden, NJ -- October 4, 2007 -- Campbell Soup Company is voluntarily recalling a limited quantity of 18.8 ounce cans of "Campbell's Chunky" Baked Potato with Cheddar & Bacon Bits because they may contain pieces of hard plastic that present a choking hazard and may cause injury if swallowed. Three consumers have reported minor injuries in and around the mouth.
No other "Campbell's" soup products are affected by this recall.

72,300 units of the recalled soups were shipped to customers in the following 24 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming. 

The affected product is labeled as "Campbell's Chunky" Baked Potato with Cheddar & Bacon Bits and has the following individual code on the bottom of the can:

JUL 08 2009
CT DT

●  BZ

07097
XXXX (equals military time)

Consumers who have purchased the "Campbell's Chunky" Baked Potato with Cheddar & Bacon Bits with the can code JUL 08 2009 07097 should not eat this product. Consumers are encouraged to return the product to the store where they purchased it for an exchange or full refund. Consumers also can contact Campbell at 888-453-3868.

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anonymous  October 03, 2007 11:37 AM

Quong Hop & Co. Expands Recall of Tofu

Contact:
Quong Hop & Co
650-553-9900

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- October 1, 2007 -- Quong Hop & Co. of South San Francisco, California is expanding their recall of tofu to include the following products in the following sizes and code dates:

Date Code

Product

Package Size

1/28/08 or earlier

"SOY DELI Five Spice ORGANIC BAKED TOFU"

8 ounce

1/28/08 or earlier

"SOY DELI Hickory ORGANIC BAKED TOFU"

8 ounce

1/28/08 or earlier

"SOY DELI Honey Sesame ORGANIC BAKED TOFU"

8 ounce

1/28/08 or earlier

"SOY DELI Teriyaki ORGANIC BAKED TOFU"

8 ounce

1/28/08 or earlier

"SOY DELI Savory ORGANIC BAKED TOFU"

8 ounce

1/28/08 or earlier

"SOY DELI Mesquite all natural SMOKED TOFU"

8 ounce

1/28/08 or earlier

"SOY DELI Hawaiian Style all natural FRIED TOFU"

8 ounce

1/28/08 or earlier

"SOY DELI FIRM ORGANIC NIGARI TOFU" (Vacuum Packed)

8 ounce and 12 ounce

1/28/08 or earlier

"SOY DELI All-Natural Tofu Burgers ORIGINAL"

6 ounce

1/28/08 or earlier

"SOY DELI All-Natural Tofu Burgers GARDEN"

6 ounce

1/28/08 or earlier

"SOY DELI All-Natural Tofu Burgers BARBEQUE"

6 ounce

1/28/08 or earlier

"SOY DELI All-Natural Tofu Burgers TERIAKI"

6 ounce

1/28/08 or earlier

"SOY DELI All-Natural Tofu Burgers CAJUN"

6 ounce

11/28/07 or earlier

"SOY DELI FIRM ORGANIC Gourmet Rich CALCIUM TOFU" (Water Packed, Orange label)

12 ounce

11/28/07 or earlier

"SOY DELI SOFT ORGANIC Gourmet Rich CALCIUM TOFU" (Water Packed, Blue label)

12 ounce

11/28/07 or earlier

"SOY DELI FIRM ORGANIC NIGARI TOFU" (Water Packed, Red label)

12 ounce

11/28/07 or earlier

"QUONG HOP ORGANIC NIGARI TOFU firm style non-pasteurized" (Water Packed, Red label)

16 ounce

11/28/07 or earlier

"SOY DELI FIRM ORGANIC NIGARI TOFU" (Vacuum Packed)

30 ounce

11/28/07 or earlier

"SOY DELI NIGARI BULK TOFU"

10 pound

11/28/07 or earlier

"SOY DELI NIGARI MEDIUM BULK TOFU"

10 pound

11/28/07 or earlier

"NIGARI FIRM TOFU 54 PC" (4 oz squares)

10 pound

11/28/07 or earlier

"SOY DELI NIGARI FIRM BULK TOFU"

10 pound and 25 pound

11/28/07 or earlier

"SOY DELI SOY LOWER CARB RAVIOLI" SOY PASTA

12 ounce

11/28/07 or earlier

"SOY DELI SOY LOWER CARB TORTELLINI" SOY PASTA

12 ounce

11/28/07 or earlier

"SOY DELI SOY LOWER CARB MANICOTTI" SOY PASTA

12 ounce

These products are being recalled due to finding Listeria monocytogenes in three of our twenty nine products during the Company's sampling and in the three swabs in the manufacturing plant. This extended recall is being done because these items 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, sever headache, stiffness, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeria infection in severe cases can cause miscarriages and still births among pregnant women.

The recalled "SOY DELI" and "QUONG HOP" brand products are distributed on the West Coast and Midwest through supermarkets and natural food stores. Product was distributed to the following states: AK, AZ, WA, CA, OR, NV, WI, MO, IL, IN, WY, ND, SD. Due the numbers of states these items are distributed in this is considered a "National Recall" to ensure consumer and trade awareness.

This expanded recall reflects product currently in the market. No additional cases of bacteria have been reported. This is a precaution being taken to help ensure product safety.

The date code can be found on the front panel of all the aforementioned products printed in blue ink.

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

The potential for contamination was noted after a routine test by Washington State Department of Agriculture's Food Safety Program revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in a 12 OZ vacuum pack package of "SOY DELI FIRM ORGANIC NIGARI TOFU". Further testing in two sample lots confirmed that the 12oz , 30 oz and Bulk tofu did contain Listeria monocytogenes. The company working with the State of California is voluntarily recalling all products produced during the same time period as the sampled product to ensure customer safety.

Consumers who have purchased the recalled products are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 650-553-9900 ext 22.

The Company has been in operation for over 100 years and this is our first detection of Listeria. Our primary concern is our consumer's safety.

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anonymous  September 21, 2007 5:45 PM

FDA Warns Consumers about the Risk of Cryptosporidium Illness from Baby’s Bliss Gripe Water

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers not to consume Baby’s Bliss Gripe Water, apple flavor, with a code of 26952V and expiration date of October 2008 (shown as “10/08” on the label), distributed by MOM Enterprises, Inc., of San Rafael, Calif. FDA confirmed through laboratory analysis the presence of cryptosporidium after investigating the illness of a 6-week-old infant in Minnesota who consumed the product. Cryptosporidium is a parasite that can cause intestinal infections.

The most common symptom of infection is watery diarrhea. Other symptoms can include dehydration, weight loss, stomach cramps or pain, fever, nausea and vomiting. Symptoms generally begin two to ten days after becoming infected with the parasite and generally last one to two weeks. While most people with healthy immune systems will recover without treatment, the infection could be serious or life-threatening for certain individuals. Infants, children and pregnant women are susceptible to dehydration resulting from diarrhea, which can be life-threatening. Individuals with weakened immune systems are also at risk for a more serious and life-threatening form of illness.

Parents of children who have recently consumed Baby’s Bliss Gripe Water, apple flavor, and have these symptoms should seek immediate medical attention. Parents and caregivers who have given this product to their infants and children should be alert for diarrhea and other signs of Cryptosporidium infection.

Approximately 17,600 bottles of the product were distributed nationwide in retail stores and sold over the Internet between November 2006 and September 2007. A code of 26952V with an expiration date of 10/08 appears on the bottle’s carton. The product is sold in a four-ounce plastic bottle packaged inside of a cardboard carton which is labeled with the following: Baby’s Bliss. Pediatrician Recommended Gripe Water. Apple Flavor. An herbal supplement used to ease the gas and stomach discomfort often associated with colic, hiccups, and teething. Dietary Supplement. 4 fl. ozs. (120 ml). Ginger Extract. Fennel Extract. Other ingredients: Deionized Water, Vegetable Glycerin, Fructose, Natural apple flavor, Citric acid, Bioflavonoid Extract, and Grapefruit Seed Extract. Distributed by: MOM Enterprises, Inc., San Rafael, CA 94903 USA. FDA advises consumers to throw away bottles of the product described above that they have in their possession.

MOM Enterprises, Inc. is fully cooperating with FDA’s investigation into the cause of the contamination and is recalling all potentially contaminated products. FDA continues to investigate and will provide updates as more information becomes available. Consumers can call the FDA at 1-888-723-3366.

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anonymous  September 20, 2007 8:58 AM

Quong Hop & Co. Recalls Tofu Because of Possible Health Risk

Contact:
Quong Hop & Co
650-553-9900

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- San Francisco, Calif. -- Sept. 19, 2007 --- Quong Hop & Co. of South San Francisco, California is recalling all SOY DELI brand tofu with code date DEC 17 2007 and certain varieties of SOY DELI and QUONG HOP brand tofu with code date SEP 23 2007.

The recall includes the following products in the following sizes and code dates:

  • All varieties and sizes of SOY DELI TOFU coded DEC 17 2007
  • 30 OZ SOY DELI NIGARI TOFU coded SEP 23 2007
  • 12 OZ SOY DELI WATER PACK TOFU coded SEP 23 2007
  • 16 OZ QUONG HOP WATER PACK TOFU coded SEP 23 2007

These products are being recalled 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, sever headache, stiffness, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection in severe cases can cause miscarriages and still births among pregnant women. Consumers experiencing any of these symptoms should seek immediate medical attention.

The recalled “SOY DELI” and “QUONG HOP” brand products are distributed in the Midwest and West coast throughout supermarkets and natural food stores.

The date code can be found on the front panel of all the aforementioned products printed in blue ink.

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

The potential for contamination was noted after a routine test by Washington State Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Program revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in a 12 OZ vacuum pack package of “SOY DELI FIRM ORGANIC NIGARI TOFU”. The company is voluntarily recalling all products produced during the same time period as the sampled product to ensure customer safety.

Consumers who have purchased the recalled products are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 650-553-9900.

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anonymous  August 30, 2007 7:13 AM

Metz Fresh Announces Voluntary Recall of Spinach

Contact:
Metz Fresh
831-386-1018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Salinas, CA -- August 28, 2007 -- Metz Fresh, LLC is voluntarily recalling bagged spinach as a result of a positive test for Salmonella found during routine company testing.

The spinach is distributed under the label Metz Fresh, in both retail and food service packages. These include 10 and 16 oz bags as well as 4-2.5 lb. and 4 lb. cartons. The only Metz Fresh product affected is spinach that bears the tracking codes 12208114, 12208214 and 12208314. It was distributed in the continental United States and Canada.

There have been no reports of illness or problems related to this spinach.

Salmonella is a common food borne pathogen that can cause severe illnesses, including fever, abdominal cramps and diarrhea. While most individuals recover in three to five days without medical intervention, the infection can be life-threatening to young children, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems. Consumers with any of these symptoms should call their physician.

Consumers are advised to discard this product or return it to the place of purchase for a refund. Consumers with questions about the recall should contact 831-386-1018.

"Nothing is more important to Metz Fresh than the safety of our consumers, period," said Andrew Cumming, President of Metz Fresh. "As soon as we learned of the presumptive positive test, we directed all customers to hold all boxes of the spinach affected as a precaution. Now, with this positive test confirmation, there is no question that we would recall and destroy all spinach bearing these three codes."

The positive test came during independent lab testing Metz Fresh conducts on all of its products. Through its labeling and numbering system, Metz Fresh has already tracked, located and put 'holds' on the vast majority of the cartons of spinach affected. That spinach will not be released into the marketplace.

While the positive test came from only one sample of many on three packing lines, Metz Fresh has, as a precaution, chosen to recall all of the spinach from the ‘field lot’ packed that day on all three lines.

Metz Fresh is keeping appropriate authorities updated on the status of the voluntary recall.

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anonymous  August 23, 2007 12:27 PM

Recall -- Firm Press Release

FDA posts press releases and other notices of recalls and market withdrawals from the firms involved as a service to consumers, the media, and other interested parties. FDA does not endorse either the product or the company.

Los Angeles Salad Company Voluntarily Recalls Product Because of Possible Health Risk

Contact:
John Shaughnessy
626-322-9017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Industry, CA -- August 22, 2007 -- Los Angeles Salad Company, located in City of Industry, CA is recalling its "Genuine Sweet Baby Carrots" with a Sell By Date Code up to and including August 16, 2007 printed on the back of the packages because the product may be contaminated with the bacteria Shigella. Shigella infection can cause diarrhea (which may be bloody), fever, nausea and vomiting. Illness usually lasts from 4 to 14 days. In some persons, especially the very young, the very old and people with compromised immune systems, the diarrhea can be more severe. Infection can occur after eating and drinking food and water that is contaminated with Shigella and can be passed from person to person.

The product was sold in packages with two labels. One is labeled "Los Angeles Salad Genuine Sweet Baby Carrots" distributed by Kroger Co. King Sooper, in Colorado, Kroger Co. Ralphs in California; Publix in Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, South Carolina and Florida. All of these packages were sold in flexible plastic bags in 7 and 8 oz. size with a Sell By Date Code up to and including August 16, 2007. The second label was "Trader Joe's Genuine Sweet Baby Carrots" distributed by Trader Joe's in Arizona, California, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon and Washington in 7 oz. flexible plastic bags with a Sell By Date Code up to and including August 8, 2007.

The recall was initiated after it was discovered that the same product sold in Canada was contaminated with Shigella. There were four reported incidences of illness in Canada from August 4-6, 2007. No one was hospitalized and all persons affected have fully recovered. An ongoing investigation is being conducted to find the cause of the problem, but at this time the source has not been determined.

This is precautionary notice. Consumers who have purchased Los Angeles Salad Company's "Genuine Sweet Baby Carrots" are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Los Angeles Salads at (1-626-322-9017).

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anonymous  August 16, 2007 4:33 PM

Regal King Premium Krab Dip
Regal King Cajun Krab Dip
Regal King Shrimp Dip
Regal King Smoked Salmon Dip

Contact:
Ocean King Enterprises Inc. 
(215) 495-0540

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Philadelphia, PA -- August 16, 2007 -- Ocean King Enterprises Inc. of Philadelphia, PA is recalling Ready-to-Eat Seafood Dips, 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.

Products were distributed through the following A&P warehouses: A&P  Hatfield in Hatfield, MA; A&P  Baltimore in North East, MD; and A&P  Woodbridge in Woodbridge, NJ.  Products will have reached consumers through retail stores from warehouse distribution.

The products were sold in bulk 5-pound containers to the warehouses.  The dips are then sold in the value added and deli sections of the retail stores in clear plastic containers with a Regal King label.  All flavors have a red and white repack label.  The brand name is Regal King Gourmet Seafood.  The flavors are Premium Krab Dip, Cajun Krab Dip, Shrimp Dip, and Smoked Salmon Dip.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

The recall was the result of an independent systemic sampling program conducted by Ocean King Enterprises Inc. which revealed that one finished product contained the bacteria. The company has ceased the production and distribution of the product as FDA and Ocean King Enterprises continue their investigation as to what caused the problem.

Consumers who purchased Regal King Brand ready-to-eat seafood dips should return the product to the store for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Ocean King Enterprises Inc. at (215) 495-0540. 

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anonymous  August 02, 2007 5:50 AM

Lakeside Foods Issues Nationwide Recall of French Style Green Beans

Contact:
David B. Aggen
920-684-3356

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Manitowoc, WI -- August 1, 2007 -- Lakeside Foods, Inc. of Manitowoc, Wisconsin is initiating a voluntary recall of 15,000 cases of 14.5-ounce French Style Green Beans because some cans may have been under processed and some cans may have leaked. While no illnesses have been reported these cans have the potential to be contaminated with harmful organisms including Clostridium botulinum. No botulinum toxin has been found in any cans tested to date, however the company continues to test out of an abundance of caution. 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 theses problems should seek immediate medical attention. Consumers also are warned not to use the product even if it does not look or smelled spoiled.

Lakeside is asking consumers who have cans of the French Style Green Beans with the following in the top line of the can code to return them unopened to the place of purchase. EAA5247, EAA5257, EAA267, EAA5277, EAB5247, EAB5257, ECA5207, ECA5217, ECA5227, ECA5297, ECB5207, ECAB5217, ECB5227 and ECB5307.

The product was distributed in the following 20 states AL, AZ CO, FL, GA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MI, MO, MS, NC, NY, OH, OK, TN, TX, VA, WI and Canada. The product was sold with the following labels: ALBERTSON'S, HAPPY HARVEST, BEST CHOICE, FOOD CLUB, BOGOPA, VALU TIME, HILL COUNTRY FARE, HEB, LAURA LYNN, KROGER, NO NAME, NORTH PRIDE, SHOP N SAVE, SHOPPERS VALU, CUB FOODS, DIERBERGS, FLAVORITE, IGA, BEST CHOICE AND THRIFTY MAID.

Lakeside Foods voluntarily recalled the products after learning of a potential problem during routine internal monitoring. Lakeside said it is working closely with the Food & Drug Administration and has identified and corrected the condition that resulted in its decision to voluntarily recall the cans in question. No other Lakeside products are affected by this recall.

Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-466-3834 Ext 4090. Code and label information will also be posted on their web site www.lakesidefoods.com.

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anonymous  August 01, 2007 8:40 AM

California Department of Public Health Warns Consumers Not to Eat Fresh Ginger From China

Contact:
Suanne Buggy
(916) 440-7259

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Sacramento, CA -- July 29, 2007 -- Dr. Mark Horton, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), today warned consumers not to eat fresh ginger imported from China after the California Department of Pesticide Regulation’s residue monitoring program detected the presence of aldicarb sulfoxide in some batches of imported ginger. Aldicarb sulfoxide is a pesticide that is not approved for use on ginger.

The product is known to have been distributed to Albertson's stores and Save Mart stores in northern California by Christopher Ranch of Gilroy, California.

CDPH and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are tracing the imported ginger from the importer (Modern Trading Inc. in Alhambra, California) to determine the full distribution of the product and to identify other retail stores that may have received the product.

Currently, there are no reports of illness associated with the contaminated ginger.

Consumers who may have purchased this product from Albertson's stores and Save Mart stores in northern California should discard it.

Symptoms of aldicarb poisoning in humans are likely to occur within the first hour following exposure. Ingestion of foods contaminated with aldicarb at low levels can cause flu-like symptoms (nausea, headache, blurred vision) which disappear quickly, usually within 5 or 6 hours. However, at higher levels, ingestion of aldicarb contaminated food can also cause dizziness, salivation, excessive sweating, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle stiffness and twitching, and difficulty in breathing.

Individuals who may have consumed this product and have any of the above symptoms should contact their health care provider immediately.

Whole Foods Market Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Nuts in 365 Organic Everyday Value Swiss Dark Chocolate Bars

Contact:
Kate Lowery
(512) 542-0390

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Austin, TX -- July 31, 2007 – Whole Foods Market® is recalling 365 Organic Everyday Value™ Swiss Dark Chocolate Bars because they may contain undeclared almonds. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to nuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

These products were distributed to and sold at Whole Foods Market stores in the following states: Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington DC, and Wisconsin.

365 Organic Everyday Value Swiss Dark Chocolate Bars are sold in red and white wrappers with a picture of chocolate pieces and the Swiss countryside on the front. The recalled chocolate bars have a lot code that begins with the characters L71423 followed by a four digit time stamp between the times of 11:33 and 12:15, which is found on the back of the wrapper. If the coding on the package is illegible the product should also be returned. No illnesses have been reported to date.

The recall was initiated after it was discovered that the product containing almonds was distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of nuts. Subsequent investigation indicates the problem was caused by a temporary breakdown in the producer's packaging processes.

Consumers who have purchased 365 Organic Everyday Value Swiss Dark Chocolate Bars can return it to Whole Foods Market for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at (512) 542-0656 or at  [report anonymous abuse]

 
anonymous  July 27, 2007 10:45 AM

Precautionary Recall Alert Issued for Selected Whole Wheat Fresh Bread Products
Alert pertains only to products baked at Sara Lee’s Meridian, Miss. Bakery

Contact:
Mark Goldman
630-598-7317

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Downers Grove, IL -- July 26, 2007 – Sara Lee Food & Beverage is issuing a
voluntarily and precautionary recall of selected whole wheat bread products produced at the company's Meridian, Miss. bakery and sold at grocery retailers in the following areas of the country: the entire states of Mississippi and Alabama, most of Arkansas, far southeastern Missouri, western Georgia, southwestern Tennessee, southeastern Louisiana and the panhandle of Florida. The affected products may contain small pieces of metal.

Sara Lee is working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in undertaking this voluntary recall. The affected products are stamped "Best if purchased by" between the dates of July 25, 2007 and August 7, 2007 and include the code "222." This information can be found on the front of the bag. The products were sold in a variety of retail grocery and mass merchant retailers and include:

Product Description

UPC CODE

Colonial Wheat Sandwich 20 oz.

5040023502

Schnucks Wheat Sandwich 24 oz.

2412601044

Earthgrains Honey Wheat Berry

5040072709

Flavorite Wheat Sand. 20 oz.

4113002364

Foodland Wheat Bread 20 oz.

4130320964

Golden Bake Wheat Bread 20 oz.

5040008505

Grissom's Wheat Bread 20 oz.

5193370220

Grissoms 24oz. Wheat Sand.

5193370300

IGA 20oz. Wheat

4127003695

Great Value Split Top Bread 20 oz.

7874206274

Great Value 24 oz. Wheat Sand

7874228543

Piggly Wiggly Wheat Bread 20 oz.

5040000118

Publix Honey Wheat

4141539095

Publix 100% Stoneground

4141539190

Publix Wheat 20 oz.

4141539290

Publix Stone Ground Wheat 20 oz.

4141539390

Shurfresh Split Top Wheat 20 oz.

1116144835

EarthGrains 100% Natural Wheat Berry

5040072748

EarthGrains 100% Natural 7-Grain

5040072747

EarthGrains 100% Natural Whole Wheat

5040072746

Sara Lee Delightful Wheat

7294571706

Sara Lee Delightful 100% Whole Wheat

7294571589

Sara Lee Delightful 100% Multi-Grain

7294571588

Sara Lee Hearty & Delicious 100% Whole Wheat with Honey

7294560152

Sara Lee Hearty & Delicious 100% Whole Wheat

7294560157

Sara Lee Hearty & Delicious 100% Multi-Grain

7294560158

Sara Lee Deli Style 100% Whole Wheat

7294561001

Consumers are strongly encouraged to check the packaging of any of these products to determine whether they are included in the recall. Only those products that include the code "222" on the packaging are included in this recall. These products should not be consumed and should be returned to the store where they were purchased for a full refund.

The products are being removed from store shelves, but some may remain in consumer possession. All retail and institutional foodservice customers have been notified, and arrangements for product retrieval have been made.

The recall applies only to products listed above, which are produced in the compan's Meridian, Mississippi bakery. The recall does not apply to any other Sara Lee bread brand, including all products sold under the Soft 'n Smooth label.

Consumers who may have questions or concerns should call Sara Lee's toll-free consumer line at (800) 683-3466. The consumer line is available from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Central Time.

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anonymous  July 27, 2007 10:36 AM

True Leaf Farms, LLC Announces Precautionary Withdrawal of Finished Spring Mix and Arugula from Marketplace
No Reports of Illness or Problem, but Internal Tests of Numerous Samples Indicated Potential Presence of Salmonella in One Sample

Contact:
Church Brothers Produce
(831) 796-1000

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Salinas, CA -- July 24, 2007 -- True Leaf Farms, LLC is contacting its wholesale and retail outlets to request they remove certain batches of spring mix and arugula from store shelves and preparation counters as a precautionary step.

During a series of regular internal tests known as 'test and hold', one of the many samples taken indicated the possible presence of salmonella, a human pathogen that may pose a potential health risk. To exert the utmost caution, all cases of spring mix and arugula produced between July 19 and July 25, 2007 are being withdrawn. There have been no reports of illness or problems connected to this product.

"There simply can be nothing more important than consumer safety,' said Jared Gill, Plant Manager of True Leaf Farms. "Withdrawing all of the product, and not just the one lot found with a potential problem is simply the right thing to do. It is essential we do all we can to protect our consumers."

Appropriate authorities have been informed and consulted about the precautionary withdrawal and are being kept updated on developments.

Church Brothers Produce, which handles the sales and marketing for True Leaf Farms, is contacting directly all outlets who are known to have received shipments of the finished product from the affected dates.

For more information contact:

Church Brothers Produce (831) 796-1000.

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anonymous INCLUDES DOG Food...see list July 22, 2007 9:31 AM

FDA Expands Its Warning about the Risk of Botulism Poisoning From Certain Castleberry Food Products and Dog Food

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expanding its July 18 warning to consumers. This expansion is for consumers and pet owners regarding canned food products and dog food produced by Castleberry Food Company of Augusta, Ga., due to the risk of botulinum toxin. Castleberry is expanding the recall to include all of the following canned products with all "best by" and code dates, and FDA is warning consumers not to purchase or eat any of the canned products listed in the table below.

Hot Dog Chili Sauces

SIZE

UPC CODES

Austex Onion Hot Dog Chili Sauce

10 OZ

30300-97101

Austex Hot Dog Chili Sauce

10 OZ

30300-99533

Castleberry's Hot Dog Chili Sauce

10 OZ

30300-00101

Castleberry's Onion Hot Dog Chili Sauce

10 OZ

30300-07101

Bunker Hill Hot Dog Chili Sauce

10 OZ

75266-04152

Kroger Hot Dog Chili Sauce

10 OZ

11110-83942

Meijer Hot Dog Chili Sauce

10 OZ

41250-85862

Food Lion Hot Dog Chili Sauce

10 OZ

35826-06911

Bloom Hot Dog Chili Sauce

10 OZ

25439-92448

Thrifty Maid Hot Dog Chili Sauce

10 OZ

21140-21367

Natural Balance Eatables dog food varieties:

Irish Stew with Beef Dog Food

15 OZ

23633-59860

Chinese Take Out with Sauce with Vegetables and Chicken Dog Food

15 OZ

23633-59861

Southern Style Dumplings with Gravy with Chicken and Vegetables
Dog Food

15 OZ

23633-59862

Hobo Chili with Chicken Pasta Dog Food

15 OZ

23633-59863

The agency is expanding its warning based in part on FDA test results and information obtained during a joint FDA and U.S. Department of Agriculture inspection of the Castleberry’s facility in Augusta, Ga.

Exposure to botulinum toxin can be fatal and two people in Texas and two people in Indiana remain seriously ill and hospitalized with botulism poisoning associated with eating Castleberry's Hot Dog Chili Sauce.

While the previous recall and the known illnesses are linked to production dates of April 30 to May 22, 2007, the firm has extended the recall to include all products listed irrespective of "best by" date. The firm is cooperating with FDA in the recall of these products and has ceased processing and distribution.

In addition, Castleberry is recalling other products containing meat, which are regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. USDA is also warning the public not to eat certain brands of Castleberry products containing meat. The list of these USDA-regulated products can be viewed at this link to the USDA website: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/News_&_Events/Recall_033_2007_Release/index.asp

Consumers who have any of these products or any foods made with these products should throw them away immediately. Double bag

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anonymous  July 19, 2007 5:36 PM

Contact:
Castleberry's Consumer Hotline
1-888-203-8446

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Augusta, Georgia -- July 18, 2007 – Castleberry's Food Company today announced that it is voluntarily recalling the following products: Castleberry's Hot Dog Chili Sauce, 10 oz can (UPC 3030000101), Austex Hot Dog Chili Sauce, 10 oz can (UPC 3030099533), Kroger Hot Dog Chili Sauce, 10 oz can (UPC 1111083942), Morton House Corned Beef Hash, 15 oz can (UPC 7526665830), Cattle Drive Chili with Beans, 15 oz can (UPC 3030001515), Southern Home Corned Beef Hash, 15 oz can (UPC 0788015360), Meijer Corned Beef Hash, 15 oz can (UPC 4125095229), Castleberry's Chili with Beans, 15 oz can (UPC 3030001015), Castleberry's Barbecue Pork, 10 oz can (UPC 3030000402) and Bunker Hill Chili No Beans, 10 oz can (UPC 7526604112).

Castleberry's is working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to investigate possible contamination of these products with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium which can cause botulism, a life-threatening illness. Botulism can cause the following symptoms: general weakness, dizziness, double-vision and trouble with speaking or swallowing. Difficulty in breathing, weakness of other muscles, abdominal distension and constipation may also be common symptoms. People experiencing these problems should seek immediate medical attention.

This recall only affects the products listed above with a "best by" date of APR30 2009 through MAY22 2009. The "best by" date can be found either on the top or bottom of the can. Consumers who have any of these products should discard them. Consumers should not use these products even if they do not look or smell spoiled. Consumers may return the label to the location where the product was purchased for a full refund.

Castleberry's was notified by the FDA of four potential cases of botulism involving individuals who ate these products. "We are taking this precautionary measure to ensure the safety of our consumers," said Steve Mavity, SVP Technical Services/Quality Assurance for Castleberry's. "We will continue to work closely with the FDA, USDA, and CDC."

Consumers with any questions or concerns about this recall should go to Castleberry's website (http://www.castleberrys.com) or call Castleberry's consumer hotline at 1-888-203-8446.

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anonymous  July 18, 2007 7:51 PM

FDA Warns Consumers about Risk of Botulism Poisoning from
Hot Dog Chili Sauce Marketed Under a Variety of Brand Names

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers not to eat 10 ounce cans of Castleberry’s Hot Dog Chili Sauce (UPC 3030000101), Austex Hot Dog Chili Sauce (UPC 3030099533), and Kroger Hot Dog Chili Sauce (UPC 1111083942) with “best by” dates from April 30, 2009 through May 22, 2009 due to possible botulism contamination. Botulism can be fatal. The “best by dates” can be found on the can lids.

Consumers who have any of these products or any foods made with these products should throw them away immediately. If the “best by” date is missing or unreadable consumers should throw the product out.

Two children in Texas and an Indiana couple who ate these products became seriously ill and have been hospitalized.

Symptoms of botulism poisoning can begin from 6 hours to 2 weeks after eating food that contains the toxin. Symptoms may include double vision, blurred vision, drooping eyelids, slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, dry mouth, and muscle weakness that moves progressively down the body, affecting the shoulders first then descending to the upper arms, lower arms, thighs, calves, etc. Botulism poisoning can also cause paralysis of the breathing muscles which can result in death unless assistance with breathing (mechanical ventilation) is provided.

Individuals who show these symptoms and who may have recently eaten Castleberry’s Hot Dog Chili Sauce, Austex Hot Dog Chili Sauce, or Kroger Hot Dog Chili Sauce should seek immediate medical attention.

All of the above products are manufactured by the Castleberry Food Company in Augusta, Georgia.

Castleberry has informed FDA that it is voluntarily recalling all of the potentially contaminated products and is cooperating with FDA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the states’ active investigations into the cause of this contamination and scope of the products’ distribution.

FDA will provide updates as more information becomes available. Consumers can call the FDA at 1-888-SAFEFOOD.

Castleberry recommends consumers with any questions or concerns about this recall should contact Jamie Leicht of Fleishman Hillard at (858) 735-9135.

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anonymous  July 03, 2007 6:00 AM

Robert’s American Gourmet Food, Inc. Conducts a Nationwide Recall of Super Veggie Tings Crunchy Corn Sticks Because of Possible Health Risk

Contact:
Robert’s American Gourmet
1-800-626-7557

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- July 2, 2007 -- Robert’s American Gourmet Food, Inc. of Sea Cliff, New York is expanding its snack recall to include Super Veggie Tings Crunchy Corn Sticks Snack Food, all lots and sizes, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, 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.
     
Super Veggie Tings Crunchy Corn Sticks were distributed nationwide and Canada, and sold through local distributors, internet sales, phone orders, mail orders and retail outlets.

Super Veggie Tings Crunchy Corn Sticks are packed in a flexible, plastic foil bag in a 6 oz. size, and has UPC 15665-10356. The brand name is Robert’s American Gourmet and all codes and expiration dates of Super Veggie Tings Crunchy Corn Sticks are being recalled.

Veggie Booty has been associated or related with approximately 54 cases of Salmonella across 17 states. Roberts American Gourmet has decided to add Super Veggie Tings Crunchy Corn Sticks to the recall as a precautionary measure. The extensive investigation at the contract manufacturer and by the company is ongoing to determine the source of the contamination. The company has ceased production and distribution of both products pending results of the investigation by the FDA and the company.

Consumers who purchased Super Veggie Tings Crunchy Corn Sticks, and still have product in their homes should discard the contents of the package Super Veggie Tings and contact us at 1-800-626-7557 for reimbursement of your purchase. Anyone with any questions pertaining to the situation may also contact us at 800-626-7557.

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anonymous  June 28, 2007 6:47 PM

Robert's American Gourmet Food, Inc. Conducts Nationwide Recall of Veggie Booty Because of Possible Health Risk

Contact:
Robert's American Gourmet
1-800-626-7557

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- June 28, 2007 -- Robert's American Gourmet Food, Inc.of Sea Cliff, New York is recalling Veggie Booty Snack Food all lots and sizes, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, 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.

Veggie Booty was distributed nationwide and also in Canada through local distributors, internet sales, phone orders, mail orders and retail outlets.

Veggie Booty is sold in a flexible plastic foil bag in a 4 oz., 1 oz., and l/2 oz. package. The brand name is Robert's American Gourmet, and all codes and expiration dates of Veggie Booty are being recalled.

Robert's American Gourmet has been notified by the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of 51 cases of Salmonella across 17 states, associated or related to the consumption of the Veggie Booty, predominately in children of three years of age or younger. Based on the information provided by the CDC and FDA Robert's American Gourmet has decided to conduct this recall as a precautionary measure, even though there are no confirmed positive results in the finished product yet.

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anonymous  June 22, 2007 3:02 AM

Gills Onions Recalls One Lot of Diced Yellow Onions

Contact:
Nelia Alamo
(209) 669-9625

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Oxnard, CA -- June 19, 2007 -- Gills Onions, LLC is recalling diced yellow onions with "Lot #2017-R and a Best if used by 06/16/07." The recall comes after the Washington State Department of Agriculture, during routine testing, detected Listeria monocytogenes in one retail bag of diced yellow onions. Gills Onions is working with both State and Federal officials to determine the cause. At this time there have been no reported illnesses associated with this product.

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. Anyone with these symptoms, are encouraged to contact their physician.

The identified lot 2017-R is no longer in production at Gills Onions. As a precautionary measure, both retail and food service diced packs are being recalled. The retail product was labeled with the Trader Joe's brand name and was distributed to stores in Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon and Washington. The Trader Joe's brand diced onions were packaged in a 10 oz. bag with the Lot 2017-R and a best if used by date of 06/16/07. The lot information for the 10 oz diced retail product can be found printed directly on the back of the package. The foodservice packages were packed in 4/5 lb cartons and labeled under the Gills Onions Brand and the Sysco Natural Brand, both with the Lot 2017-R and the best-if-used by date of 06/16/07 printed directly on the front of the 5 lb bag as well as on the outside carton label. Consumers and Retailers that have this recalled product should either destroy or return to place of purchase.

"Although no illnesses have been reported and only one 10 oz. retail bag of diced onions tested positive, we want to be sure that all diced products associated with the production lot are accounted for," said Nelia Alamo, VP of Marketing. "We are committed to food safety at all levels and we will always put our customers and our consumer first."

Questions can be directed to the company at (800) 348-2255.

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anonymous  June 07, 2007 5:13 PM

WholeSoy & Co. Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Dairy in Blueberry Yogurt

Contact:
WholeSoy & Co.
415-434-3020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- San Francisco, CA -- June 7, 2007 -- WholeSoy & Co. of San Francisco, CA is recalling 34,656 cups of WholeSoy & Co. Blueberry yogurt because it may contain undeclared dairy. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to dairy run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

The yogurt was distributed nationwide through retailers.

This batch of blueberry has "best by" date of June 22. The UPC code is 664372600086. The containers are 6oz plastic yogurt cups.

The recall was initiated after allergy tests confirmed the presence of dairy in samples sent for testing after two customers reported allergic reactions. Subsequent investigation has not revealed the source of contamination. The investigation into the cause continues.

Consumers who have purchased WholeSoy & Co. blueberry yogurt with "best by" date June 22 are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at
1-877-569-6376.

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anonymous  May 26, 2007 7:31 AM

R.A.B. Food Group, LLC Issues a Nationwide Recall of Sparkling Grape Juices Product May Rupture

Contact:
David Rossi
201-417-4468

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Secaucus, NJ -- May 24, 2007 – R.A.B. Food Group, LLC is recalling the following products

  • Manischewitz Sparkling Concord Grape Juice (UPC# 72700-05361) All Lot Codes
  • Manischewitz Sparkling Niagara Grape Juice (UPC# 72700-05362) All Lot Codes

Several bottles have been found to be fermenting which will cause additional pressure in the bottle. This may lead to the popping of the cap or rupturing of the bottle. There have been several incidents of rupturing bottles which could pose a hazard from broken glass. Immediate disposal of the product is warranted and should be done in a careful manner. There is no health risk posed from consuming the product and no consumer who has ingested the product is at any risk of illness or bad effects.

The recalled product has been distributed to retail stores throughout the United States and Canada.

Consumers that purchased any of the above products may contact R.A.B. Food Group, LLC for a full refund with proof of purchase. Consumers with questions about the recall or seeking a refund should call 1-201-453-5200.

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anonymous  May 24, 2007 1:49 PM

Hong Chang Corporation Recalls Monkfish Because of Possible Health Risk

Contact:
Steven Luo
(562) 309-0068

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Santa Fe Springs, CA -- May 23, 2007 -- Hong Chang Corporation, Santa Fe Springs, CA is recalling product labeled as monkfish because it may contain tetrodotoxin, a potent toxin. Although the product was identified as monkfish, we are concerned the product may be pufferfish because this toxin is usually associated with certain types of pufferfish. Consumption of foods containing tetrodotoxin can result in life-threatening illness or death. This toxin cannot be destroyed by cooking or freezing.

Initial symptoms occur within 30 minutes to several hours after consuming food containing the toxin and are characterized by lip and tongue tingling and then followed by facial and extremity tingling and numbness. Subsequent symptoms may include headache, balance problems, excessive salivation, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea with abdominal pain which can be severe. In severe cases, muscles can become paralyzed and death may follow resulting from respiratory muscle paralysis. Consumers experiencing these symptoms should seek immediate medical care.

A total of 282, 22-lb. boxes of monkfish were distributed to wholesalers in Illinois, California and Hawaii beginning in September 2006. This product was sold in retail stores, restaurants, and cash and carry stores in these regions.

The monkfish are individually packaged in clear plastic sleeves and placed in a plastic liner which is inside a cardboard box. There are no lot numbers on the box. The boxes are packed by total weight, 22 pounds, with labeling on one panel that reads "MONK FISH GUTTED AND HEAD-OFF PRODUCT OF CHINA". A second box panel bears nutritional facts and the following, "Ingredients: Monk fish; Imported by: Hong Chang Corp, Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670; Product of China (P.R.C.)."

The problem was discovered after two people in the Chicago, IL area fell ill after consuming soup made with the "monkfish". The Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) analysis of the fish confirmed the presence of life-threatening levels of tetrodotoxin.

At this time, Hong Chang Corp. and FDA are investigating how the problem occurred.

Consumers who have purchased this monkfish are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Care should be exercised in handling the fish as the tetrodotoxin may be present on the skin and flesh of the fish. Wash hands thoroughly after handling. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-562-309-0068.

Consumers who may have consumed these products and have concerns are encouraged to contact their health care provider. Consumers should also report illnesses associated with consumption of these products to the nearest FDA district offices and to their local health authority.

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anonymous  May 22, 2007 10:55 AM

South Carolina Company Voluntarily Recalls Margaret Holmes Seasoned Turnip Greens

Contact:
Joe Reardon
(919) 733-7366

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Raleigh, NC -- May 18, 2007 -- McCall Farms of Effingham, S.C., is voluntarily recalling more than 2,500 cases of Margaret Holmes Seasoned Turnip Greens after tests by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services confirmed trace amounts of diesel fuel in product samples, Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler announced today.

The recall affects 27-ounce cans of Margaret Holmes Seasoned Turnip Greens with the product code TURN3 K10GY and a best-by date of November 2009. The recalled product was distributed to retail stores in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

State public health officials said the level of diesel fuel detected in the samples of turnip greens should not pose a health risk.

"Consumers who have this product should return it to the place of purchase for a refund," Troxler said. "Our inspectors will be checking to be sure this product is pulled from store shelves, and will be testing additional products."

The NCDA&CS Food and Drug Protection Division launched an investigation after a consumer complained that the product had a chemical taste. Testing confirmed trace amounts of diesel fuel in the turnip greens.

The company is cooperating with state and federal authorities to determine the cause of the problem.

Consumers with questions may contact McCall Farms at 1-800-277-2012.

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anonymous  May 04, 2007 9:02 PM

Galliker Dairy Issues a Product Recall on Half-Gallons of Healthy Chekd Calcium Enriched Fat Free Milk

Contact:
Galliker Dairy
800-477-6455

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Johnstown, PA -- May 3, 2007 -- Galliker Dairy Company of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, is recalling half-gallon packages of Galliker's Healthy Chekd Calcium Enriched Fat Free Milk because they are over-fortified with Vitamin A. High levels of Vitamin A can be harmful to people with a Vitamin A sensitivity. Only products coded May 14, 2007 are affected. The product comes in a 64-ounce (One Half-Gallon), plastic package marked with the code date on the front of the package. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

The recall was initiated after a chemical test indicated that over-fortification occurred. All of Galliker's processing documents indicate that the proper procedures were followed. Currently the company and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture are reviewing how vitamins are added to this product. Only this one product is involved. All distribution was contained within the state of Pennsylvania.

Production of this product will continue while this incident is investigated. Products having any other code date are not affected.

Retailers are asked to pull-from-sale all unsold Galliker's Healthy Chekd Calcium Enriched Fat Free Milk with the code date of May 14, 2007 and return them for full refund. Consumers with any questions may contact the company at 800-477-6455.

This recall is being made with the knowledge of the US Food and Drug Administration and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.

The UPC for this product is 070474-001766. Thank you for your cooperation and we apologize for any inconvenience.

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anonymous  April 27, 2007 8:05 PM

Report: Tainted Hogs Enter Food Supply
April 27, 2007

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Several hundred of the 6,000 hogs that may have eaten contaminated pet food are believed to have entered the food supply for humans, the government said Thursday. The potential risk to human health was said to be very low.

The government told the three states involved it would not allow meat from any of the hogs that ate the feed to enter the food supply.

No more than 345 hogs from farms in California, New York and South Carolina are involved, according to the Agriculture Department. It appears the large majority of the hogs that may have been exposed are still on the farms where they are being raised, spokeswoman Nicol Andrews said.

Salvaged pet food from companies known or suspected of using a tainted ingredient was shipped to hog farms in seven states for use as feed.

The government will compensate farmers if they kill those hogs, said Kenneth Peterson of department's Food Safety and Inspection Service. The department knew of no countries moving to suspend imports of U.S. pork products.

Also, a poultry feed mill in an eighth state, Missouri, also received possibly contaminated pet food scraps left over from production. The fate of the feed made from that waste was under investigation.

The pet food sent to the farms later was discovered to have an ingredient, rice protein concentrate, imported from China that was tainted by an industrial chemical, melamine. Testing also revealed other related and similarly banned compounds, including cyanuric acid. Food and Drug Administration inspectors were preparing to visit China as part of the agency's investigation.

Melamine is not considered a human health concern. But there is no scientific data on the health effects of melamine combined with the other compounds, said David Elder, director of enforcement for the FDA.

Still, the FDA and Agriculture Department believe the likelihood of someone becoming ill after eating pork from hogs fed contaminated feed is very low. Meanwhile, the University of California, Davis, is developing a test to measure melamine levels in tissue, Andrews said.

Since mid-March, pet food companies have recalled more than 100 brands of dog and cat food and treats; more recalls were announced Thursday. An unknown number of cats and dogs have fallen ill or died after eating products made with contaminated rice protein concentrate or a second tainted ingredient, wheat gluten.

Some pet food, while unsuitable for sale for that purpose, was still considered safe for animals to eat as it had not been recalled at the time it was forwarded to hog farms. Its use at hog farms raised the possibility that melamine entered the human food supply.

The department on Thursday released the following state-by-state breakdown of its investigation into farms thought to have received the contaminated pet food for use as hog feed. The farms were not identified.

-CALIFORNIA: State officials are working to contact the purchasers of 50 whole hogs raised on a single farm.

-NEW YORK: A breeder farm's 125 to 140 swine are under quarantine pending the results of urine and manure tests. None of the hogs went to slaughter.

-SOUTH CAROLINA: Urine tests done on some of the 800 hogs now quarantined at a farm have tested positive for low levels of melamine. None went to slaughter. According to the state veterinarian, none of the suspect feed was fed to the hogs. Federal tests on the feed have come up negative. The positive urine tests could not be immediately explained, although contaminated feed could have escaped detection during tests, the FDA said.

-NORTH CAROLINA: A farm with 1,400 hogs is under quarantine. It shipped 54 animals to a slaughterhouse, where they are on voluntary hold.

-UTAH: Eight hogs sent to slaughter by one farm remain on hold. Also on hold are 3,300 hogs at a second farm, as well as 40 to 50 carcasses at a slaughterhouse supplied by that producer. Meat from no more than 100 other hogs from the producer, all processed earlier by that same plant, may have entered the food supply, Andrews said.

-KANSAS: Meat from 195 hogs from a single producer may have entered the food supply via a Nebraska slaughterhouse. The farm is holding another 150 hogs.

-OKLAHOMA: A show hog operation purchased contaminated feed but no hogs have gone to slaughter.

In addition, an Ohio hog farm has been cleared.

Each year, about 105 million hogs are slaughtered and processed in the United States.

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anonymous  April 14, 2007 10:03 AM

FDA Urgently Warns Consumers about Health Risks of Potentially Contaminated Olives

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is alerting consumers to possible serious health risks from eating olives that may be contaminated with a deadly bacterium, Clostridium botulinum. C. botulinum can cause botulism, a potentially fatal illness. The olives are made by Charlie Brown di Rutigliano & Figli S.r.l, of Bari, Italy and are being recalled by the manufacturer. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this recall.

The olives should not be eaten alone or in other foods, even if they do not appear to be spoiled. Consumers should discard these products or return them to the point of purchase. If in doubt, consumers should contact the retailer and inquire whether its olives are part of the recall.

The olives are sold under the following brands: Borrelli, Bonta di Puglia, Cento, Corrado's, Dal Raccolto, Flora, Roland and Vantia, and have codes that start with the letter "G" and are followed by 3 or 4 digits. All sizes of cans, glass jars and pouches of Cerignola, Nocerella and Castelvetrano type olives are affected.

Symptoms of botulism include general weakness, dizziness, double vision, trouble with speaking or swallowing, difficulty in breathing, weakness of other muscles, abdominal distension and constipation. People experiencing these symptoms should seek immediate medical attention. Consumers may also report illnesses associated with consumption of these olives to the nearest FDA district offices.

Charlie Brown di Rutigliano & Figli S.r.l, initiated a recall of these olives on March 27, 2007. The recalled olives had been distributed to wholesalers, who have marketed them nationally to restaurants and retail stores. FDA concluded that additional warnings are needed because, to date, the company has not contacted importers with specific instructions on the recall.

In addition to re-emphasizing its warning to consumers, FDA is making the following requests:

  • Importers of these olives should discontinue distribution, isolate held stocks and notify customers to take similar actions to prevent the products from reaching consumers. Importers should contact their local FDA office for assistance in implementing the recall.
  • Food manufacturers who have repacked the olives for sale under different names or who have used them in the production of other food should contact their local FDA office.
  • Restaurants, delicatessens, and other food service providers should discontinue using the olives, dispose of their opened containers and contact their suppliers for instructions on what to do with unopened containers.

Consumers with questions may contact Charlie Brown Company at 011-039-080-7839073 or charliebrownbari@yahoo.com.

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anonymous  March 29, 2007 9:06 AM

Nationwide Recall of Cerignola, Nocellara and Castelvetrano Olives Because of Possible Health Risk

Contact:
Charlie Brown di Rutigliano & Figli S.r.l
011-039-080-7839073

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- March 27, 2007 -- Charlie Brown di Rutigliano & Figli S.r.l, in Bari Italy, is recalling Cerignola Olives, Nocellara Olives and Castelvetrano Olives from distribution because they have the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium that can cause a life-threatening illness or death. Consumers are warned not to use the product even if it does not look or smell spoiled.

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 distension and constipation may also be common symptoms. People experiencing these problems should seek immediate medical attention.

The recalled olives were distributed to wholesalers, who then distributed them nationally to restaurants and retail stores.

This recall covers all sizes of cans, glass jars and pouches of Cerignola Olives, Nocerella Olives and Castelvetrano Olives containing codes beginning with the letter "G" followed by 3 or 4 digits under the following brands: Borrelli, Bonta di Puglia, Cento, Corrado's, Dal Raccolto, Flora, Roland and Vantia.

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

The potential for contamination was noted after routine testing found that the product had a higher than required pH.

In response to these findings, the firm has amended its process to assure new product meets pH requirements.

Consumers who have purchased these types of olives are urged to visit their retailer to determine if the olives are from Charlie Brown di Rutigliano & Figli S.r.l. If they are the recalled products you will be issued a full refund.

Consumers with questions may contact the company at 011-039-080-7839073 (phone), or charliebrownbari@yahoo.com (e-mail).

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anonymous  March 26, 2007 9:59 PM

FDA Warns Again About Arsenic in Mineral Water
Five Brands Recalled Within Last Month

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is re-issuing its warning to consumers not to drink "Jermuk" brand mineral water due to the risk of exposure to arsenic, a toxic substance and a known cause of cancer in humans. The agency is providing this information again to consumers due to an expansion of the recall initiated by the products' importers and distributors. "Jermuk" water is imported from Armenia and distributed under different labels in California. Five brands of these products have been recalled since March 7.

The latest recall, which was initiated on March 16 by the product's distributor, Andreas Andreasyan DBA Arnaz & Nelli Co., North Hollywood, CA., is for "Jermuk Natural Mineral Water Fortified with Gas from the Spring". This product is additionally labeled as "Produced by Sam-Har Co. Republic of Armenia" and "Exclusive Distributor in USA: Arnaz & Nelli Inc., CA 91605".

Although arsenic is a well known human poison, there is little chance that someone would become seriously ill after consuming the recalled products over a brief period of time (days to weeks). However, it is likely that the person would experience nausea, abdominal pain and possibly vomiting, which are indicators of arsenic toxicity.

FDA has sampled the contents of 500 milliliter (mL) green glass and/or plastic bottles of all of these brands and found they contained 454-674 micrograms of arsenic per liter of water. FDA's standard of quality for bottled water allows no more than 10 micrograms per liter.

The agency is investigating whether other bottle sizes or types of packaging contain similarly tainted products, and will continue working to remove all such bottled water from the market.

There have been no illnesses reported at this time. Consumers who drank this water and have concerns are encouraged to contact their health care provider.

FDA may provide additional updates as more information becomes available.

The following products were recalled on March 7:

  • "Jermuk Original Sparkling Natural Mineral Water Fortified With Natural Gas From The Spring". The product is in glass bottles and is additionally labeled as "2006 Jermuk Mayr Gortsaran CJSC" and "Imported by: Zetlian Bakery Inc." The importer and distributor is Zetlian Bakery, Inc., Pico Rivera, CA.
  • "JERMUK,1951, NATURAL MINERAL WATER, JERMUK MAYR GORTSARAN CJSC." The product is in plastic bottles which are additionally labeled as "Imported by: Zetlian Bakery Inc." The importer and distributor is Zetlian Bakery, Inc., Pico Rivera, CA.
  • "Jermuk Sodium Calcium Bicarbonate and Sulphate Mineral Water". The product is additionally labeled as "Bottled by ARPI Plant, Republic of Armenia" and "Exclusive US importer and distributor: Importers Direct Wholesale Co., Los Angeles, CA". The product is being recalled by Importers Direct Wholesale Company, Los Angeles, CA.
  • "Jermuk, Natural Mineral Water Sparkling". The product, recalled on March 7 is additionally labeled as "Bottled by Jermuk Group CJSC" and "Sale Agent Kradjian Importing Co. Inc." in Glendale, CA. The product is being recalled by Kradjian Importing Company, Glendale, CA.
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anonymous  March 22, 2007 8:43 PM

MDA Issues Consumer Advisory on Potato Salad
Products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria

Contact:
Michael Schommer
651-201-6629

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- St. Paul, MN -- March 16, 2007 -- The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has issued an advisory for consumers to avoid eating selected lot codes of Coborn's, Cash Wise and Midwest Pride potato salad sold at stores in Minnesota and six other states due to concerns that the product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria.

The product in question was sold in two forms:

  • Prepackaged 1 lb product containers carrying the lot number 7057018A sold under three labels, "Midwest Pride," "Coborn's," and "Cash Wise." The "Midwest Pride" product has an expiration date of April 2, 2007 and the "Coborn's" and "Cash Wise" product has an expiration date of March 9, 2007.
  • Deli-packed product sold under the lot codes of 7057018A and 7057026B from February 27, 2007 to March 16, 2007, in 89 stores in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan and Nebraska. A full list of the stores is included with this release and is available on the MDA website at www.mda.state.mn.us.

There are no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of the product. DBC Foods manufactured the product which was distributed to the stores and has issued a voluntary recall. DBC Foods is cooperating with MDA in the investigation, and advises consumers to return to the store of purchase any recalled product for a full refund.

According to MDA Dairy and Food Division Director Kevin Elfering, the contamination was first detected in a product sample collected during a routine store inspection. MDA investigators are now working to determine the source of the contamination.

Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially serious disease marked by fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea. Healthy people rarely contract listeriosis, but it can sometimes cause fatal infections in infants, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems. Listeriosis can also lead to miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant women.

Consumers who believe they may have become ill after eating the recalled product should contact their health care provider and the Minnesota Foodborne Illness Hotline toll free number at 1-877-366-3455. For more details about the withdrawn product, call DBC Food Safety Coordinator Kim Kockler at 320-203-6352. Media inquiries to DBC Foods can be referred to DBC Communications and Consumer Affairs Director Steve Gottwalt at 320-237-1217.

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anonymous Rene....thanks much February 17, 2007 6:39 AM

I posted a recent article on produce safety that you might like to read....

http://www.care2.com/c2c/groups/disc.html?gpp=8723&pst=658819&archival=

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 February 16, 2007 11:32 PM

And also canaloop is also infected also thay just said this last night.

Thanks for the heads up.

Rene

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anonymous Food Safety Alerts February 15, 2007 7:52 PM

FDA Warns Consumers Not to Eat Certain Jars of Peter Pan Peanut Butter and Great Value Peanut Butter
Product May be Contaminated With Salmonella

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers not to eat certain jars of Peter Pan peanut butter or Great Value peanut butter due to risk of contamination with Salmonella Tennessee (a bacterium that causes foodborne illness).  The affected jars of Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter have a product code located on the lid of the jar that begins with the number "2111."   Both the Peter Pan and Great Value brands are manufactured in a single facility in Georgia by ConAgra.  Great Value peanut butter made by other manufacturers is not affected.

If consumers have any of this Peter Pan or Great Value brand peanut butter in their home that has been purchased since May 2006, they should discard it.

Symptoms of foodborne illness caused by Salmonella include fever, diarrhea and abdominal cramps.  In persons with poor underlying health or weakened immune systems, Salmonella can invade the bloodstream and cause life-threatening infections.  Individuals who have recently eaten Peter Pan and Great Value brand peanut butter beginning with product code 2111 and have experienced any of these symptoms should contact their doctor or health care provider immediately.  Any such illnesses should be reported to state or local health authorities.

FDA's warning is based on a just-completed epidemiological study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the states and local health agencies, which links 288 cases of foodborne illness in 39 states to consumption of varying types of Peter Pan peanut butter.  This report was provided to FDA on February 13.

The outbreak appears to be ongoing and the first consumer may have become ill in August 2006.  The cause of foodborne illnesses can be difficult to identify.  As a result of extensive epidemiological testing and recent case control studies, CDC was recently able to identify Peter Pan peanut butter as the likely cause of illness.  Great Value brand peanut butter beginning with product code 2111 is manufactured in the same plant as Peter Pan peanut butter and, thus, is believed to be at similar risk of contamination.

ConAgra is recalling all Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter beginning with product code 2111 that already was distributed.  The company also is destroying all affected products in their possession.  The company will cease production until the exact cause of contamination can be identified and eliminated.  ConAgra will advise consumers to destroy any Peter Pan and Great Value brand peanut butter beginning with product code 2111 in their possession.  To assist in this endeavor, FDA has sent investigators to ConAgra's processing plant in Sylvester, Georgia where the products are made to review records, collect product samples and conduct tests for Salmonella Tennessee.

FDA will provide regular updates as more information becomes available.

Consumers who have questions should contact ConAgra at 866-344-6970

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