Sunday, December 18, 2011

Safway Recall...Possible Salmonella Contamination




B&M, Inc. Conducts A Voluntary Recall Of O Organics Organic Celery Seed Sold At Safeway Nationwide Due To Possible Salmonella Contamination

B&M, Inc. of Mount Vernon, Missouri is voluntarily recalling O Organics Organic Celery Seed sold in Safeway stores due to potential Salmonella contamination. The product is sold at all Safeway-owned stores, including Safeway, Carrs, Dominick’s, Genuardi’s, Pak ‘N Save, Pavilions, Randalls, Tom Thumb and Vons.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Northwest Grocery Chain Recalls Beef

Northeastern Grocery Chain Recalls Ground Beef Products Due To Possible Salmonella Contamination

Hannaford, a Scarborough, Maine-based grocery chain, is recalling an undetermined amount of fresh ground beef products that may be contaminated with a strain of Salmonella Typhimurium, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

**UPDATE** Craisins Dried Cranberry Recall

**UPDATE** -- Ocean Spray Voluntarily Recalls Limited Quantity of Original Flavor Craisins Dried Cranberries in Western U.S. Only

Ocean Spray today added five additional Best By code dates to its voluntary recall issued November 25, 2011 of a limited number of production lots of its Original Flavor Craisins® Dried Cranberries in 5-ounce, 10-ounce and 48-ounce packages in the western U.S. only. Ocean Spray took this precautionary measure due to the possible presence of very small hair-like metal fragments that are unlikely to cause consumer injury.

Voluntary Recall...Winn-Dixie Gummy Bears

Winn-Dixie Issues Voluntary Recall on Bulk Gummy Bears

Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ: WINN), is voluntarily recalling Sunrise Assorted Flavor Gummy Bears sold in the self-serve bulk area of select store produce departments between November 14 and December 13 due to a remote possibility of metal contamination. The gummy bears included in this recall have been sold in five Winn-Dixie stores in Florida and Louisiana

Allergy Alert...See's Candies

See’s Candies, Inc. Issues Allergy Alert on 8 ounce Almond Clusters, Code SF 088/12

See’s Candies, Inc. of San Francisco, Calif., is recalling one code of 8 ounce Almond Clusters, because they may contain peanuts. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Product Recall...Cheese Gift Boxes




Fair Oaks Dairy Products, LLC, Fair Oaks, Indiana today issued a voluntary recall of certain one half pound retail packaged cheeses and cheese gift boxes produced under the Fair Oaks Farms Fine Cheese label and sold between September 30, 2011 and December 3, 2011. These cheeses have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Potential to be contaminated with Listeria

Trans-Ocean Products Recalls "transOCEAN Wild Alaska Sockeye Smoked Salmon" Lot No 1280W & 1293W Because of Possible Health Risks

Trans-Ocean Products, Inc. of Bellingham, Washington is recalling its 4 ounce “transOCEAN Wild Alaska Sockeye Smoked Salmon” with lot numbers 1280W & 1293W 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.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

HOLIDAY GIFT GIVING

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Citrus Granita...Great for the Holidays!




CITRUS GRANITA

Servings: 20 (1/2 cup servings)

Ingredients:

2 cups fresh lemon juice (about 4 lemons)
8-3/4 cups water
3 cups sugar
3 cups fresh orange juice (about 4 oranges)

INSTRUCTIONS:

You can serve this Granita with Lemon-Poached Oranges, although either dish tastes great by itself.

1. Combine all ingredients in a sauce-pan, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook for 1 minute or until sugar dissolves; stir constantly. Remove from heat; cool. Pour into a 13 x 9-inch baking dish. Cover; freeze at least 8 hours or until firm.

2. Remove dish from freezer, and scrape the entire mixture with a fork until fluffy. Store the remaining Granita in an airtight container; cover and freeze up to 1 month.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION:
CALORIES 66 (0% from fat); FAT 0g; PROTEIN 0.2g; CARB 17.2g; FIBER 0g; CHOL
0mg; IRON 0mg; SODIUM 0mg; CALC 3mg

Monday, November 21, 2011

Give that special gift for the Holiday!

SAM'S SMOKER PRO
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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Salmonell Confirmed on Pine Nuts




FDA Confirms Salmonella on Sunrise Commodities’ Turkish Pine Nuts


November 4, 2011 -The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers not to eat Turkish pine nuts distributed by Sunrise Commodities, based in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, after FDA tests confirmed the presence of Salmonella on the product.

FDA is collaborating with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and State public health and agriculture officials to investigate a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis infections. To date, the CDC reports there are at least 42 illnesses associated with the outbreak in Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

As part of FDA’s investigation, the Agency collected samples of Turkish pine nuts from a warehouse used by Sunrise Commodities. Additional testing is underway on FDA’s Salmonella positive samples of pine nuts to determine if the Salmonella detected matches the outbreak strain. FDA's State partners also collected samples of pine nuts distributed by Sunrise Commodities; some of those samples tested positive for Salmonella and matched the outbreak strain.

Sunrise Commodities has voluntarily recalled four lots of the implicated product, totaling more than 21,000 pounds of pine nuts. Each lot was packed in 22-pound boxes and included the markings:

Warehouse Lot 27963 with the identifying code “PO#: 50165”
Warehouse Lot 29628 with the identifying code “PO#: 50558”
Warehouse Lot 27713 with the identifying code “PO#: 49595”
Warehouse Lot 27427 with the identifying code “PO#: 50032”

Sunrise Commodities distributed the Turkish pine nuts in bulk to various food vendors in Florida, New Jersey, New York and Canada. Sunrise Commodities issued a recall notification to its customers dated November 3, 2011, alerting them of the test results and of the epidemiologic investigation and asking them to notify their subsequent customers of the recall.

Wegmans Food Markets1, one of the companies that received Turkish pine nuts distributed by Sunrise Commodities, recalled the product from their stores on October 26, 2011. As the investigation continues, additional recalls may take place.
If consumers have Turkish pine nuts or products containing Turkish pine nuts and are not sure if the pine nuts are part of Sunrise Commodities’ recall, then they should contact the store where the food item was purchased or throw the product away.






Monday, October 31, 2011

Butter Cookies Recalled

Rite Aid Voluntarily Recalls 12 oz. Tins of Rich Fields Butter Cookies

Working in consultation with the United States Food and Drug Administration, Rite Aid has initiated a voluntary chainwide recall of approximately 85,000 tins of butter cookies distributed by Rite Aid under the Rich Fields brand name because of the possibility of contamination with Bacillus cereus.



I can only guess what problems this could create. 85,000 tins of cookies.

This recall affects only 12 oz. tins featuring either a decorative castle or Christmas designs and sold exclusively in Rite Aid stores. Affected products can be identified by the UPC codes 01249596519 and 88411804619 located directly beneath the bar code on the bottom of each tin. No other Rich Fields or Rite Aid brand products are affected by this voluntary recall.

The recall was initiated after the company conducted quality testing on the affected product because of an uncharacteristic odor. Customers should not eat the cookies and can return them to any Rite Aid store for a full refund. Information regarding the recall is available online at www.RiteAid.com1 or by calling 1-800-RITE-AID Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST and Saturday from 9:30 to 6 p.m. EST.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Salmonella Illnesses Linked to Eggs

Salmonella Illnesses Linked To Organic Eggs Consumers, Food Preparers Reminded To Cook Eggs Thoroughly

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) are investigating illnesses in at least six people in Minnesota that are connected with a recall of organic shell eggs due to contamination with Salmonella Enteritidis. The contaminated eggs were traced back by the MDA to Larry Schultz Organic Farm of Owatonna, where environmental testing confirmed the presence of Salmonella Enteritidis.

Eggs affected by this recall were distributed to restaurants, grocery stores, food wholesalers and foodservice companies in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan.

Eggs from Larry Schultz Organic Farm are packaged under the following brand names: Lunds & Byerly’s Organic, Kowalski’s Organic, and Larry Schultz Organic Farm. Eggs are packed in bulk and varying sizes of cartons (6-egg cartons, dozen egg cartons, 18-egg cartons). Full product descriptions and a list of grocery stores where these products were sold can be found at www.mda.state.mn.us1. Cartons bearing Plant Number 0630 or a “Sell by” date are not included in this recall.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Never...

"Never say anything about yourself you do not want to come true. "
-- Brian Tracy, Author

Saturday, October 15, 2011

PECAN PRALINES

PECAN PRALINES


1 lb light brown sugar
½ pint whipping cream
2 cups pecans
2 Tbl butter

I a large glass-mixing bowl, mix the sugar and cream. Place in microwave oven for 10 to 13 minutes. Carefully remove from microwave and mix in pecans and butter. Using a tablespoon, drop a spoonful on wax paper. Allow to cool and yum yum.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Ohio Firm Recalls Ready-To-Eat Beef & Pork

Ohio Firm Recalls Ready-To-Eat Beef, Pork Products Produced Without Benefit of Inspection

CLASS I RECALL
FSIS-RC-083-2011
HEALTH RISK: HIGH


WASHINGTON, October 14, 2011 -

E-Z Shop Kitchens, Inc., a Fremont, Ohio, establishment, is recalling an undetermined amount of ready-to-eat, seasoned beef and shredded pork products because they were produced without the benefit of federal inspection, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The items subject to recall were sold for institutional and/or individual consumer use and are listed below.


The following products are subject to recall
16-ounce and 4-pound tub containers of "E-Z SHOP KITCHEN SEASONED BEEF " that bear the establishment number "EST. 19665" in the USDA mark of inspection.
16-ounce and 4-pound tub containers of "E-Z SHOP KITCHEN SHREDDED PORK WITH BBQ SAUCE " that bear the establishment number "EST. 19665" in the USDA mark of inspection.
16-ounce and 4-pound tub containers of "E-Z SHOP KITCHEN SHREDDED BEEF WITH BBQ SAUCE " that bear the establishment number "P-19665" in the USDA mark of inspection. All of the products have unknown production dates and were distributed to retail and institutional customers in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and West Virginia between July 1 and Oct. 6.


The problem was discovered by FSIS personnel when following up on a complaint and is the subject of an on-going investigation. FSIS may take additional regulatory action based on the results of this investigation.FSIS has received no reports of illness due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a health care provider.




Wednesday, October 12, 2011

California Firm Recalls Ground Beef

California Firm Recalls Ground Beef Due to Possible E.Coli O157:H7 Contamination

Recall Release CLASS I RECALL
FSIS-RC-080-2011 HEALTH RISK: HIGH



WASHINGTON, Oct 11, 2011 - Commercial Meat Co., a Los Angeles, Calif., establishment is recalling approximately 377,775 pounds of ground beef products 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 following ground beef products are subject to recall:

5,10,15,20,30,40,50 and 60 lb. cases of bulk ground beef
5,10 and 20 lb. cases of ground beef patties
10,15,20,30,40 and 50 lb. cases of ground beef taco
5,10,15,20,25,30,40,50 and 60 lb. cases of ground beef chili

Each case bears a label with the establishment number "EST. 4873" inside the USDA mark of inspection. The products subject to recall were produced between Sept. 7, 2011 and Oct. 6, 2011 and were shipped to restaurants in California and Nevada, as well as one Federal establishment in California for further processing.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Fix Your Eyes

"Fix your eyes forward on what you can do, not back on what you cannot change."
-- Tom Clancy, Author

Monday, September 26, 2011

RECALL...Foreign Materials in Pork Products





Pennsylvania Firm Recalls Pureed Pork Products That May Contain Foreign Materials

Recall Release CLASS I RECALL
FSIS-RC-76-2011 HEALTH RISK: HIGH


WASHINGTON, Sept 26, 2011 - K. Heeps, Inc., an Allentown, Penn., establishment, is recalling approximately 5,550 pounds of pureed pork products that may contain foreign materials, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The products subject to recall include:[View Label Example (PDF Only)]
4.5-lb. boxes of Imperial Sysco "Puree Shaped Meats Country Style Pork and Binder Product"

Each box bears "EST. 9379" inside the USDA mark of inspection and a production code of 06/16/11. The pureed pork products were produced on June 16, 2011, and shipped to Calif., Fla., Ill., Ky., Md., Mo., N.J., Ohio, Pa., Texas, Utah, and Va. for institutional use.

The problem was discovered when two consumers reported finding small metal fragments in the products. The metal pieces may have broken off of the blending equipment during clean up and reassembly at the plant and subsequently entered the product. FSIS and the company have received no reports of illnesses or injury associated with consumption of these products. Individuals concerned about an illness or injury should contact a healthcare provider.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and to ensure that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.

Media with questions regarding the recall should contact the company's President, Beau Heeps at (610) 530-5553. Consumers with questions regarding the recall should contact the company’s Quality Assurance Manager, David Pychinka, at (610) 530-5564.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

"MyPlate" Training Material Available

"New Products For September - DVD's...Food Preparation & More"



The new USDA "MyPlate" nutrition program is in full swing. We now offer through our sister company, Chef Johnny's Products, several training tools for teachers and trainers. Posters, handouts, and power point training tools. Visit Chef Johnny's Products web store for more information.

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

More on the Cantaloupe Recall.



The FDA is warning consumers not to eat Rocky Ford Cantaloupe shipped by Jensen Farms and to throw away recalled product that may still be in their home. • Jensen Farms is voluntarily recalling Rocky Ford Cantaloupe shipped from July 29 through September 10, 2011, and distributed to at least 17 states with possible further distribution. • The recalled cantaloupes have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria and may be linked to a multi-state outbreak of listeriosis. • The CDC reports that at least 22 people in seven states have been infected with the outbreak-associated strains of Listeria monocytogenes as of September 14. • Patients reported eating whole cantaloupes they purchased from grocery stores marketed from the Rocky Ford growing region of Colorado. • While all people are susceptible to Listeria, older adults, persons with weakened immune systems and pregnant women are at particular risk

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Frozen Avocado Pulp Recall

Fine Mexican Food Products, Inc. Recalls 2.2 lb. Frozen Avocado Pulp & 3 lb. IQF Avocado Halves From Peru Because of Possible Health Risk

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - September 13, 2011 - Fine Mexican Food Products, Inc. (FMP) located in the City of Ontario in California is recalling 1,423 Cases of 12/2 lb. Frozen Avocado Pulp and 1,820 Cases IQF 8/3 lb. IQF Avocado Halves as distributed since June/2010 because of the possibility 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.

Frozen avocado pulp and IQF avocado halves were distributed to distributors in California since June 2010.

These 2 products are identified as FMP white label on the corrugated shipping carton and pack size is 2.2 lb. /bag 12 per shipping carton and Product code 00115 for Frozen Avocado Pulp.

Pack size is 3 lb. /bag 8 bags per shipping carton and Product Code 00131 for 3 lb. IQF Avocado Halves respectively with expiration dates of June/July/August 2012.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Possible Salmonella Contamination...Turkey Products

Arkansas Firm Recalls Ground Turkey Products Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination

Recall Release CLASS I RECALL
FSIS-RC-060-2011 HEALTH RISK: HIGH

Congressional and Public Affairs
(202) 720-9113
Catherine Cochran

WASHINGTON, August 3, 2011 - Cargill Meat Solutions Corporation, a Springdale, Ark. establishment, is recalling approximately 36 million pounds of ground turkey products that may be contaminated with a multi-drug resistant strain of Salmonella Heidelberg, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The products subject to recall today bear the establishment number "P-963" inside the USDA mark of inspection, and include the following

Ground Turkey Chubs - Use or Freeze by Dates of 2/20/11 through 8/23/11

10 lb. chubs of Honeysuckle White Fresh Natural Lean Ground Turkey with Natural Flavorings
10 lb. chubs of Unbranded Ground Turkey w/ Natural Flavoring 2 Pack
80 oz. (5 lbs.) chubs of Riverside Ground Turkey with Natural Flavoring
10 lb. chubs of Natural Lean Ground Turkey with Natural Flavorings
16 oz. (1 lb.) chubs of Fresh Lean HEB Ground Turkey 93/7
16 oz. (1 lb.) chubs of Fresh HEB Ground Turkey 85/15
16 oz. (1 lb.) chubs of Honeysuckle White 93/7 Fresh Ground Turkey with Natural Flavoring
4-1 Pound Packages of Honeysuckle White Ground Turkey with Natural Flavoring Value Pack
16 oz. (1 lb.) chubs of Honeysuckle White 85/15 Fresh Ground Turkey
48 oz. (3 lb.) chubs of Honeysuckle White 85/15 Fresh Ground Turkey

85% Ground Turkey - Use or Freeze by Dates of 2/20/11 through 8/23/11

19.2 oz. (1.2 lb.) trays of Honeysuckle White 85/15 Ground Turkey
19.2 oz. (1.2 lb.) trays of Honeysuckle White Taco Seasoned Ground Turkey Colored with Paprika
19.2 oz. (1 lb. 3.2 oz.) trays of Kroger Ground Turkey Fresh 85/15
48.0 oz. (3 lb.) trays of Kroger Ground Turkey Fresh 85/15
20 oz. (1.25 lb.) trays of Honeysuckle White 85/15 Ground Turkey
48.0 oz. (3 lbs.) trays of Honeysuckle White 85/15 Ground Turkey Family Pack
16 oz. (1 lb.) trays of Honeysuckle White 85/15 Ground Turkey
19.2 oz. (1.2 lbs.) trays of Honeysuckle White Seasoned Italian Style Ground Turkey with Natural Flavorings
20 oz. (1 lb. 4 oz.) trays of Safeway Fresh Ground Turkey with Natural Flavorings * 15% Fat
(NOTE: Sold in Texas only at Randall's and Tom Thumb, Use or Freeze by 03/12/11 through 04/30/11)

93% Ground Turkey - Use or Freeze by Dates of 2/20/11 through 8/23/11

19.2 oz. (1.20 lb.) trays of Honeysuckle White 93/7 Lean Ground Turkey
48 oz. (3.0 lbs.) trays of Honeysuckle White 93/7 Lean Ground Turkey Family Pack
19.2 oz. (1.2 lb.) trays of Fit & Active Lean Ground Turkey 93/07
19.2 oz. (1.2 lbs.) trays of Giant Eagle Ground Turkey Fresh & Premium Lean
19.2 oz. (1 lb 3.2 oz.) trays of Kroger Ground Turkey Fresh Lean 93/7
20 oz. (1.25 lb.) trays of Honeysuckle White 93/7 Lean Ground Turkey

Ground Patties

16.0 oz. (1 lb.) trays of Honeysuckle White Ground Turkey Patties with "Use by" or "Freeze by" dates of 2/20/11 through 8/23/11
16 oz. (1 lb.) trays of Kroger Ground Seasoned Turkey Patties Fresh 85/15, with "Use by" or "Freeze by" dates of 2/20/11 through 8/23/11
16.0 oz. (1 lb.) trays of Shady Brook Farms Ground Turkey Burgers with Natural Flavoring with the following "Use by" or "Freeze by" dates: 07/09/11, 07/10/11, 07/11/11, 07/15/11, 07/16/11, 07/21/11, 07/22/11, 07/24/11, 08/01/11, or 08/04/11

Frozen Ground Turkey - Production Dates of 2/20/11 through 8/2/11

16 oz. (1 lb.) chubs of Honeysuckle White Ground Turkey with Natural Flavoring
16 oz. (1 lb.) chubs of Spartan Ground Turkey
48 oz. (3 lb.) chubs of Honeysuckle White 85/15 Ground Turkey
40 lb. Bulk Packed Ground Turkey with Natural Flavoring for Food Service Use Only

These products were distributed at the retail level nationwide. Cargill Meat Solutions Corporation requests that consumers who may have purchased these products return them to the point-of-purchase.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Cool Summer Chicken Salad

Tarragon Chicken Salad


16 oz. of Cooked and diced chicken white meat

3 oz Red seedless grapes, cut in half

2 oz Toasted Almond slivers

1 Tablespoon chopped tarragon

2oz Extra heavy mayonnaise

1oz Dijon or Creole Mustard


Mix all ingredients together. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or more before serving. Try on a croissant, a bed of leaf lettuce, or stuff a tomato.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Can eight words make a better world?

Doctrines, credos, manifestos, laws, declarations, codes of ethics. Ever since people have been able to communicate, they have compiled words to live by. But the world is still troubled. Take these words: HONESTY, WORKMANSHIP, AMBITION, FAITH, EDUCATION, CHARITY, RESPONSIBILITY, COURAGE. Chances are four and a half billion people won't agree to live their lives by them. But think how much better your life would be if just one person does. You. Take a chance, change the world. Live you life one word of action at a time. Change the person and change the world. Approach your job as a food service worker with the same courage. Work and live by these eight words. Make a better world.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Aim so HIGH that you'll never be BORED!

The greatest waste of our natural resources is the number of people who never achieve their potential. Get out of that slow lane! Shift into that fast lane. If you think you can't, you won't. If you think you can, there's a good chance you will. Even making an honest effort will make you feel like a new person. Reputations are made by searching for things that can't be done and just do them. Aim low: BORING. Aim high: SOARING. It takes no more effort to air high than it does to aim low. Organize your day and be more productive. Aim for higher personal expectations and more daily productivity. The extra time will allow you to read a book. Write a letter that is over due. Continue your education by taking classes part time. Go for it, today!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

"You were born to win, but to be a
winner, you must plan to win, prepare
to win, and expect to win."
— Zig Ziglar


Are you a winner? Have you planned to win? Have you prepared food safety controls to reduce risks? If not, you need to prepare Active Managerial Controls to reduce and control food bourne risks in your food service operation. Contact us for your food safety training needs and help in developing a food safety plan to control risks.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Beef Recall...Potential Animal Drug Contamination

Florida Firm Recalls Imported Beef Products Due To Potential Animal Drug Contaminant

Recall Release CLASS II RECALL
FSIS-RC-057-2011 HEALTH RISK: LOW

Congressional and Public Affairs
(202) 720-9113
Adam Tarr

WASHINGTON, July 27, 2011 – Northwestern Meat, Inc., a Miami, Fla. firm, is recalling approximately 6,240 pounds of frozen boneless beef products imported from Honduras that may contain the animal drug Ivermectin, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. Ivermectin is a broad-spectrum anti-parasitic and is used as a de-worming agent in live animals.

The following products are subject to recall:
60-pound cases of "C&D" brand bulk-packed cartons of boneless beef with a package code of "LOT. N60 146-11 A" or "LOT. N60 146-11 B" and a processing date of "26.05.11" all shown on the box label.

The problem was discovered through FSIS routine sampling of beef muscle tissue from Honduras establishment #4 (Empacadora C&D) on July 18, 2011. The production lots that produced violative results were refused entry into the U.S. and are not available in commerce. However, Honduran authorities later notified the FSIS Office of International Affairs that additional implicated product derived from the same source materials shipped into the U.S. on an earlier date. These are the products that were released into commerce and therefore subject to the recall.

The products subject to recall were produced on May 26, 2011 and shipped to further processors in Florida and Illinois. FSIS and the company have received no reports of illness or adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a health care provider.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

228,596 Pounds of Beef Products Recalled

CLASS I RECALL FSIS-RC-056-2011
July 27, 2011

Congressional and Public Affairs
(202) 720-9113
Atiya Khan

WASHINGTON, July 27, 2011
- Tri State Beef, a Cincinnati, Ohio, establishment, is recalling approximately 228,596 pounds of beef products 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 following product is subject to recall:
Combo bins of "TRI-STATE BEEF CO., INC BONELESS BEEF."


Each bin bears the establishment number "EST. 1750" inside the USDA mark of inspection. The products subject to recall were produced between July 19, 2011 and July 22, 2011, and sold to federally-inspected establishments for further processing and distribution in Chicago, Ill., Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio, Iowa and Va.

The problem was discovered through routine FSIS testing which confirmed a positive result for E. coli O157:H7. It should be noted that these products were distributed to facilities where they were cooked and as a result received full-lethality treatment, which would effectively kill the E.coli O157:H7 pathogen in the products.

Because the products were shipped into commerce they are subject to recall, even though they were shipped to other federally-inspected establishments where they received full-lethality treatment and would no longer be considered adulterated.

FSIS and the company have received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact a healthcare provider.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

ServSafe® TRAINING NOW ON-LINE!

We now offer the ServSafe® Manager Online Course! After completion of the on-line training, the student is qualified to take the Certification exam. If you have a group that only has 4 hours to spare and needs the Certification, contact us about doing an on-site review and exam session. Here is more information on why you should choose the on-line version.


The ServSafe® Manager Online Course provides the knowledge every food protection manager must know to keep food safe in an establishment. It's easy to use. Updated design and navigation to help maximize retention of critical food safety information. Based on the 2009 FDA Food Code so learners are getting the latest food safety information. It's effective.
Enhanced activities increase retention by allowing the learner to practice real-life situations.
Accepted in jurisdictions requiring up to 16 hours of training. Requirements may vary. Contact us for more information: 321-567-4408.

Friday, July 22, 2011

MAJOR FOOD ALERT--Recalling Herring

Euphoria Fancy Food Inc. Issues An Alert On Uneviscerated Fish


Euphoria Fancy Food Inc. 149-151 2nd Ave. Brooklyn NY 11215 is recalling Herring Special Salting discovered by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspectors during a routine inspection and subsequent analysis of product by Food Laboratory personnel confirming that the fish was not properly eviscerated prior to processing. This product may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum spores, which can cause Botulism, a serious and potentially fatal food-borne illness.


The recalled Herring Special Salting comes in an uncoded, 48.58oz (1300gr) plastic container and is a product of Russia. Herring Special Salting was sold in New York State.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem. Consumers who have Herring Special Salting are advised not to eat it, but should return it to the place of purchase. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 718-768-3400.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Malcolm Meats Recalls 4,530 Pounds of Beef Products

Malcolm Meats near Toledo, Ohio Recalls Various Marinated Beef Products Due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens

Recall Release CLASS II RECALL
FSIS-RC-051-2011 HEALTH RISK: LOW


WASHINGTON, July 20, 2011 - Malcolm Meats, a Northwood, Ohio, establishment is recalling approximately 4,530 pounds of various marinated beef products because of misbranding and undeclared allergens. The products contain known allergens, wheat and soy, which are not declared on the label, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The products subject to recall include:

10-lb cases containing 16, 10-ounce packages of “STEAK SIRLOIN ANG CC AUSSIE H-CH,” with the identifying case code of “6778708.”

10-lb cases containing 20, 8-ounce packages of “STEAK SIRLOIN AUSSIE CAB,” with the identifying case code of “0648683.”

10-lb cases containing 16, 10-ounce packages of “STEAK SIRLOIN AUSSIE CAB,” with the identifying case code of “0648691.”

10.5-lb cases containing 14, 12-ounce packages of “STEAK SIRLOIN AUSSIE CAB,” with the identifying case code of “8415721.”

10-lb cases containing 20, 8-ounce packages of “STEAK SIRLOIN CULOTTE CH AUSSIE,” with the identifying case code of “0651299.

The products subject to recall bear the establishment number “EST. 2106” on the case label. These products were produced on various dates prior to April 20, 2011, and were shipped to distribution centers in Ind., Mo., and Ohio, for institutional use.

The problem was discovered by the company during a routine label audit, and may have occurred because wheat and soy were not listed as ingredient components in the marinade seasoning blend used in the product. FSIS and the company have received no reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about a reaction should contact a healthcare provider.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks (including at restaurants) to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and to ensure that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.

Consumers with questions about the recall should contact the company’s President, Jerry Pasquale at 419-666-0702. Media with questions about the recall should contact Charley Wilson at 281-584-2423.

RECALL...11,240 pounds of Ready-to-Eat Chicken Products

WASHINGTON, July 20, 2011-– Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation, a firm with establishments in Mount Pleasant, TX and Waco, TX is recalling approximately 11,240 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The following products are subject to recall:

10 lb. boxes containing 2 5-lb bags of “Sweet Georgia Brand Fully Cooked Breaded White Chicken Nuggets Shaped Patties”
30 lb. boxes containing 6 5-lb bags of “Pilgrim’s Pride Fully Cooked Grilled Chicken Breast Fillet with Rib Meat”

The “Chicken Nugget Shaped Patties” has a date code of 11471010 inkjetted on the box, and bears the establishment number “P-7091A” inside the USDA mark of inspection. Each 5-lb bag is marked with the date code and “P-7091A.” These products were produced on May 27, 2011 and shipped to distribution centers in N.J. and Texas for further distribution to food service institutions.

The “Grilled Chicken Breast Fillet with Rib Meat” has a date code of 11801050 and a Use By Date of Dec. 26, 2011 inkjetted on the box, and bears the establishment number “P-20728” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The inner bags are marked with the code date and Use By Date. These products were produced on June 29, 2011 and shipped to a distribution center in Ohio, for further distribution to food service institutions.

The problem was discovered as a result of on-site internal testing at each establishment. FSIS and the company have received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Starbucks Chicken Wraps Recalled...Possible Listeria

Georgia Firm Recalls Ready-To-Eat Chicken Products for Possible Listeria Contamination

Recall Release CLASS I RECALL
FSIS-RC-050-2011 HEALTH RISK: HIGH


WASHINGTON, July 19, 2011-Flying Food Group, LLC, a Lawrenceville, Ga., establishment, is recalling approximately 204 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken wraps and plates that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The following products are subject to recall:

8.4-ounce packages of “STARBUCKS CHIPOTLE CHICKEN WRAPS Bistro Box”
6.3-ounce packages of “STARBUCKS CHICKEN & HUMMUS Bistro Box”

The products have an “Enjoy by 071511” date on the bottom left corner of the package and bear the establishment number “P-34373” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The products were produced on July 13, 2011, and distributed to coffee shops in Georgia and Alabama.

The problem was discovered as a result of microbiological testing conducted by FSIS on a sample of chicken incorporated into these products. FSIS and the company have received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products.




Friday, July 15, 2011

Massachusetts Firm Recalls Imported Ready-To-Eat Smoked Duck Breast Products Due To Possible Salmonella Contamination

Yes, here are two recalls on the same product from different companies.

Recall Release CLASS I RECALL
FSIS-RC-048-2011 HEALTH RISK: HIGH


WASHINGTON, July 14, 2011 - Sid Wainer & Son, Inc., a New Bedford, Mass. establishment, is recalling approximately 137 pounds of imported, ready-to-eat, smoked duck breast products that may be contaminated with Salmonella, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

Through routine testing on July 12, 2011, FSIS found a sample of smoked duck breast product imported from Canadian establishment number 377, Charcuterie Parisienne, to be positive for Salmonella. The initial product represented by that sample is on hold, but the Canadian Food Inspection Agency notified FSIS that additional product represented by the positive sample had been shipped to Sid Wainer & Son, Inc. and Palmex, Inc. A separate press release has been issued for products distributed by Palmex, Inc.

The products subject to recall include:

Shipping containers of "MAGRET DE CANARD FUME SECHE DRIED SMOKED DUCK BREAST PRODUIT DU CANADA\PRODUCT OF CANADA."

Each container holds six individually wrapped pieces of the duck breast product, weighing an average of .66 pounds each. Each package bears a label with the establishment number "CANADA 377" inside the Canadian mark of inspection. Packages can be identified by code lot number "111217," package code "11JN20," and best before date "11DE17." The products subject to recall were produced on June 20, 2011, and were distributed for institutional use in Conn., Ill., Mass., N.Y., and Penn.

New York Firm Recalls Imported Ready-To-Eat Smoked Duck Breast Products Due To Possible Salmonella Contamination

Palmex, Inc., a Champlain, N.Y.

Recall Release CLASS I RECALL
FSIS-RC-049-2011 HEALTH RISK: HIGH



WASHINGTON, July 14, 2011 - Palmex, Inc., a Champlain, N.Y. establishment, is recalling approximately 197 pounds of imported, ready-to-eat, smoked duck breast products that may be contaminated with Salmonella, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

Through routine testing on July 12, 2011, FSIS found a sample of smoked duck breast product imported from Canadian establishment number 377, Charcuterie Parisienne, to be positive for Salmonella. The initial product represented by that sample is on hold, but the Canadian Food Inspection Agency notified FSIS that additional product represented by the positive sample had been shipped to Sid Wainer & Son, Inc. and Palmex, Inc. A separate press release has been issued for products distributed by Sid Wainer & Son, Inc.

The products subject to recall include:


Shipping containers of "MAGRET DE CANARD FUME SECHE DRIED SMOKED DUCK BREAST PRODUIT DU CANADA\PRODUCT OF CANADA."

Each container holds six individually wrapped pieces of the duck breast product, weighing an average of .66 pounds each. Each package bears a label with the establishment number "CANADA 377" inside the Canadian mark of inspection. Packages can be identified by code lot number "111217," package code "11JN20," and best before date "11DE17." The products subject to recall were produced on June 20, 2011, and were sent to distribution centers in Calif., and to the Dominican Republic.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Banned Chemicals in Fish!

Banned chemicals found in tons of imported fish found for sale in the U.S.
Fish from overseas that are contaminated with chemicals not allowed in the U.S. food supply are showing up for sale in this country, including in Tennessee. Three American fish importers pleaded guilty earlier this year in Mobile, Ala., to federal felony charges of mislabeling fish and seafood. Their illegal haul included more than 120,000 pounds of imported fish, brought in to Mobile and Seattle, that tested positive for the suspected human carcinogen malachite green, an antifungal agent, and for an antibiotic that U.S. authorities also prohibit for use on fish that people consume.

Over the past 12 months, officials in Tennessee, one of the few states doing testing, found evidence of a prohibited substance. Alabama, Georgia, Arkansas and Florida also turned up the same in recent years while screening imported fish. How much tainted fish might end up on plates in restaurants or homes is unknown, but one Alabama official says it’s coming into the country despite a U.S. Food and Drug Administration effort to block such shipments. “I can tell you right off the bat that 40 percent of the imported fish we test is positive for banned drugs that are not safe for human health,” said Brett Hall, deputy commissioner for the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries.
The U.S. Government Accountability Office issued a report in April saying improved FDA oversight is needed of imported seafood, with recommendations to better leverage limited funding.


Antibiotics Found
Over the past year, Georgia and Arkansas found evidence of fluoroquinolones, a banned family of antibiotics, in imported fish. Arkansas detected crystal violet, a carcinogen. In February, fluoroquinolones residue was discovered in imported fish in Tennessee. Out of 17 imported basa — a mild-tasting Asian catfish — and other catfish samples analyzed, one was positive for the illegal antibiotics over the past year, according to the Tennessee Department of Agriculture. That was using the FDA’s tolerance standard of 5 parts per million. No imported shrimp samples have shown a problem. “We began testing imported fish about five years ago due to growing consumer concerns,” said Casey Mahoney, a department spokeswoman.

After the one positive sample among 78 lots since testing began in July 2006, the distributor was notified and a recall was initiated. Delivery drivers were told to collect any basa fish remaining and deliver them back to the distributor’s warehouse, where the product was destroyed. The product was originally distributed to food service establishments. Tennessee does quarterly sampling and testing at wholesale and retail establishments. Alabama started such testing earlier and has now dropped it because of funding shortages. From 2002 to 2009, Alabama records show, 44 percent of basa fish it sampled from Asia were positive for fluoroquinolones, prompting the state to issue nine “suspensions from sale or movement orders” to take the fish off the market.
The United States today imports almost 85 percent of its seafood, and about half of it is from aquaculture, which frequently uses antibiotics to control disease. Most of the seafood comes from China, Thailand, Canada, Indonesia, Vietnam and Ecuador.



Article from:
www.fairwarning.org and Anne Paine The Tennessean

Monday, July 11, 2011

3 Party Food Safety Audits on-board U.S. Maritime Vessels

Are third party food safety and sanitation audits (inspections) really necessary on-board U.S. Maritime commercial vessels? Having been on-board a number of vessels the past three years, I have found these audits (inspections) critical in the process of creating a food safety system to control food bourne risks. Who is the regulatory authority that governs the inspections of maritime vessels? On land we have the local Health Department that is the regulatory authority that does carry outs the inspection of food operations. But, most maritime vesssels rely on internal procedures to control food bourne risk factors.


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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Possible Listeria Contamination

Hawaii Firm Recalls Convenience Meals for Possible Listeria Contamination

Recall Release CLASS I RECALL
FSIS-RC-047-2011 HEALTH RISK: HIGH


WASHINGTON, July 6, 2011- Warabeya U.S.A., Inc., a Honolulu, Hawaii establishment, is recalling approximately 1,550 pounds of convenience meals that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The following products are subject to recall:

"10.3-ounce packages of "7-ELEVEN FRIED CHICKEN BENTO"
"11-ounce packages of "7-ELEVEN TERIYAKI CHICKEN BENTO"
"10-ounce packages of "7-ELEVEN BREAKFAST SCRAMBLE BOWL"
"17.75-ounce packages of "7-ELEVEN BIG BENTO"
"7.25-ounce packages of "7-ELEVEN LITTLE SMOKIES SNACK PACK"

Each package includes a best eaten by date and time of "06/30/11 11:30 AM". The packages also bear "EST. 12444" or "P-12444" inside the USDA mark of inspection. The products were produced on June 28, 2011 and distributed to retail stores in Hawaii.

The problem was discovered as a result of microbiological testing conducted by FSIS and may have occurred as a result of the products becoming cross-contaminated through contact with a food scale pan. FSIS and the company have received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products.



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Dietary Supplements




From the U.S. Food and Drug Administration



Dietary Supplements: What You Need to Know!



Q What are dietary supplements?
A
Dietary supplements include vitamins, minerals, and other less familiar substances — such as herbals, botanicals, amino acids, enzymes, and animal extracts (see box at right). Dietary supplements are also marketed in forms such as tablets, capsules, softgels, and gelcaps. While some dietary supplements are well understood and established, others need further study.

Q What are the benefits of dietary supplements?
A
Some supplements can help assure that you get an adequate dietary intake of essential nutrients; others may help you reduce the risk of disease. However, supplements should not replace the variety of foods that are important to a healthful diet — so, be sure you eat a variety of foods as well.

Unlike drugs, supplements are not intended to treat, diagnose, prevent, or cure diseases. That means supplements should not make claims, such as "reduces arthritic pain" or "treats heart disease." Claims like these can only legitimately be made for drugs, not dietary supplements.

Q Are there any risks in taking supplements?
A
Yes. Many supplements contain active ingredients that have strong biological effects in the body. This could make them unsafe in some situations, and hurt or complicate your health. For example, the following actions could lead to harmful — even life-threatening — consequences.

Combining supplements:
Using supplements with medications (whether prescription or over-the-counter)
Substituting supplements for prescription medicines
Taking too much of some supplements, such as vitamin A, vitamin D, and iron
Some supplements can also have unwanted effects before, during, and after surgery. So, be sure to inform your health-care provider, including your pharmacist, about any supplements you are taking — especially before surgery.

Q Who's responsible for the safety of dietary supplements?
A
Dietary supplements are not approved by the government for safety and effectiveness before they are marketed. If the dietary supplement contains a NEW ingredient, that ingredient will be reviewed by FDA (not approved) prior to marketing — but only for safety, not effectiveness.

The manufacturers and distributors of dietary supplements are responsible for making sure their products are safe BEFORE they go to market. Manufacturers are required to produce dietary supplements in a quality manner and ensure that they do not contain contaminants or impurities, and are accurately labeled.

Manufacturers will also be required to report all serious dietary supplement related harmful effects or illnesses to FDA starting January, 2008. FDA can take dietary supplements off the market if they are found to be unsafe or if the claims on the products are false and misleading.

Q How can I find out more about the dietary supplement I'm taking?
What should I do if I have a reaction to a dietary supplement?
A You, your health-care provider, or anyone else should report a serious problem from the use of any dietary supplement directly to FDA's MedWatch Program at:

1-800-FDA-1088
(toll-free phone number)
1-800-FDA-0178
(fax)
The FDA Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program3

FDA would like to know whenever the use of a dietary supplement causes you to have a serious reaction or illness, even if you're not certain that the product was the cause, and/or you did not visit a doctor or clinic.
A If you want to know more about the product you are taking, check with the manufacturer or distributor about:

Information to support the claims of the product
Information on the safety and effectiveness of the ingredients in the product

Any reports of adverse effects or events from consumers using the product

Q How can I be a smart supplement shopper?
A
Although the benefits of some dietary supplements have been documented, the claims of others may be unproven. If something sounds too good to be true, it usually is.

Be a savvy supplement user. Here's how:

Watch out for false statements like:
A quick and effective "cure-all"
Can treat or cure diseases
"Totally safe" or has "no side effects"
Be aware that the term natural doesn't always mean safe.
Don't assume that even if a product may not help you, at least it won't hurt you.
When searching for supplements on the Web, use the sites of respected organizations, rather than doing blind searches.
Ask your health-care provider for help in distinguishing between reliable and questionable information.
Always remember — safety first!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

South Carolina Firm Recalls Ham Products for Possible Listeria Contamination

Recall Release CLASS I RECALL
FSIS-RC-046-2011 HEALTH RISK: HIGH


WASHINGTON, July 5, 2011- Carolina Pride Foods, Inc., a Greenwood, S.C. establishment is recalling approximately 18,416 pounds of boneless, fully cooked ham products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

All the ham products were produced on May 13, 2011 and then distributed throughout the southeastern U.S. to retail outlets or for institutional use.

The following products are subject to recall:

"10-ounce vacuum packages of "CAROLINA PRIDE Smoked Diced Ham" with the sell by date of Sept. 23, 2011 stamped on the package. The packages also bear "EST. 242" inside the USDA mark of inspection and were sent to retail locations in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. The label on 10-pound cases of this product would be stamped "4218."
"10-pound cases containing five, 2-pound vacuum packages of "CAROLINA PRIDE Diced Ham." The label on cases of this product would be stamped "3804" and shipped to locations in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.
"12-pound cases containing 8-ounce vacuum packages of "HARDEE's Smoked Diced Ham" with the use through date of Nov. 9, 2011 stamped on the package. The shipping label on cases of this product would be stamped "4181" and shipped to locations in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.

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Monday, June 27, 2011

Cantaloupes Recalled

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - June 24, 2011 - Scottsdale, AZ - Eagle Produce, LLC of Scottsdale, Arizona has announced a limited recall of certain cantaloupes shipped from Arizona to upstate New York in late Mayhttp://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm260820.htm

Saturday, June 25, 2011

HIGH RISK RECALL...Listeria in Ham

New Jersey Firm Recalls Imported Ham Products Due To Potential Listeria Contamination

Recall Release CLASS I RECALL
FSIS-RC-045-2011 HEALTH RISK: HIGH



WASHINGTON, June 24, 2011- Specialities Agro Alimentation, a Millington, N.J. establishment, is recalling approximately 5,700 pounds of imported boneless Serrano ham products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.

The following products are subject to recall:
Approximately 11 lb. cases of "Noel Jamón Serrano Boneless Spanish Dry-Cured Ham" and "Bloc Noel Serrano Ham," with production codes "11000481" or "11000119" on the shipping container and the label on the ham.

Recommendations For People At Risk For Listeriosis

Wash hands with warm, soapy water before and after handling raw meat and poultry for at least 20 seconds. Wash cutting boards, dishes and utensils with hot, soapy water. Immediately clean spills.

Keep raw meat, fish and poultry away from other food that will not be cooked. Use separate cutting boards for raw meat, poultry and egg products and cooked foods.

Do not eat hot dogs, luncheon meats, bologna or other deli meats unless reheated until steaming hot.

Do not eat refrigerated pâté, meat spreads from a meat counter or smoked seafood found in the refrigerated section of the store. Foods that don't need refrigeration, like canned tuna and canned salmon, are safe to eat. Refrigerate after opening.

Do not drink raw (unpasteurized) milk and do not eat foods that have unpasteurized milk in them.

Do not eat salads made in the store such as ham salad, chicken salad, egg salad, tuna salad or seafood salad.

Do not eat soft cheeses such as Feta, queso blanco, queso fresco, Brie, Camembert cheeses, blue-veined cheeses and Panela unless it is labeled as made with pasteurized milk.

Use precooked or ready-to-eat food as soon as you can. Listeria can grow in the refrigerator. The refrigerator should be 40 °F or lower and the freezer 0 °F or lower. Use an appliance thermometer to check the temperature of your refrigerator.



Friday, June 17, 2011

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Possible Staphylococcus aureus contamination!

06/15/2011 09:53 PM EDT

New York State Agriculture Commissioner Darrel Aubertine today warned consumers not to consume certain Queso Fresco "Fresh Cheese" made by Quesos CentroAmericano Corp. at 35 Hansen Avenue, Freeport, New York (formerly located at 900 S. Second Street, Ronkonkoma, New York) due to possible Staphylococcus aureus contamination. The recalled fresh Spanish-style cheese is sold in 5-pound foil tray packages with a label declaring a plant number of 36-9845 and a product lot code of 05/31/11 affixed to the bottom of the package.

Friday, June 3, 2011

USDA Food Pyramid is Out


Choose My Plate.gov

After twenty years of the old icon of healthy eating--the food pyramid—is now ancient history. The US Department of Agriculture calls a “monumental effort” to improve the nation’s diet amid the obesity epidemic, the government has dished up a new plate-shaped graphic. This comes as part of the Obama administration's effort to slow down the obesity epidemic in our nation and reduce health care costs. Will this be easier for the consumer to follow and change eating habits? Let's follow this major change in the way we try to eat a more balanced diet and in the long run improve our health.



Balancing Calories
● Enjoy your food, but eat less.
● Avoid oversized portions.

Foods to Increase
● Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.
● Make at least half your grains whole grains.
● Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk.

Foods to Reduce
● Compare sodium in foods like soup, bread, and frozen meals ― and choose the foods with lower numbers.
● Drink water instead of sugary drinks.


Other advise the new system suggests is that we as consumers learn to read the product nutrition labels on the foods we buy. This alone is a great way of reducing our sodium and fat intake. It is also a good way of learning what is a portion and how portion control will change our eating habits. We have a complete training program just for learning how to read a product label. What requirements the FDA puts on manufacturers for the use of "Reduced Fat"; "Low Fat"; "Trans Fat Free"; and more. For more information or questions on food labels, contact us via email. Comments on this posting are welcomed.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Michigan Firm Recalls Ground Beef Due To Possible E. Coli O157:H7 Contamination



Irish Hills Meat Co. Recalls Ground Beef Due To Possible E. Coli O157:H7 Contamination

Recall Release CLASS I RECALL
FSIS-RC-039-2011 HEALTH RISK: HIGH

Congressional and Public Affairs
(202) 720-9113
Joan Lindenberger

WASHINGTON, May 31, 2011 - Irish Hills Meat Company of Michigan, a Tipton, Mich., establishment is recalling approximately 900 pounds of ground beef products 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 following ground beef products are subject to recall: 10-lb. clear polybags with the establishment number "EST. 10014" inside the USDA mark of inspection. The polybags are packaged in boxes that contain 3-5 bags. The production dates of May 23 and May 26 are stamped on the boxes.


The ground beef was shipped to restaurants in Southern Michigan.

The problem was discovered through routine FSIS monitoring which confirmed a positive result for E. coli O157:H7. FSIS and the company have received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact a healthcare provider
.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Bleu Stilton Cheese Recalled

Schratter Foods Inc RECALLS “Quenby Hall Bleu Stilton Cheese”
BECAUSE OF POSSIBLE HEALTH RISK


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - May 18, 2011 - “Quenby Hall Blue Stilton Cheese” is being recalled by Schratter Foods Incorporated, a Fairfield, New Jersey-based food distributor, because the product 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 recalled “Quenby Hall Blue Stilton Cheese” was distributed nationwide in retail stores.

The product comes in bulk (Round Half 8.5-9.6 lbs) and random weight wedge cuts (UPC 0813555010000 – label states “Imported by: ANCO Fine Cheese) and the affected lots are 019 through 034. Additionally, the affected lots are marked with expiration date of 6/15/2011 through 6/29/2011. The product could be cut at retail from the bulk or purchased and sold as pre-cut wedges.

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

The potential for contamination was noted after routine testing by the company revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in the bulk.

The distribution of this product has been suspended while the FDA and the company continue to investigate the source of the problem. Consumers who have purchased the wedge cut package of “Quenby Hall Blue Stilton Cheese” are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 973-461-2400 (EST 9:00 – 5:00 PM).

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Ready-to-Eat Fresh Salad Recall...Salmonella

California Firm Recalls Ready-to-Eat Fresh Salad Products Containing Meat and Poultry Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination

WASHINGTON, May 4, 2011 - Taylor Farms Pacific, a Tracy, Calif., establishment, is recalling approximately 22,000 pounds of ready-to-eat fresh salad products that contain meat and poultry because the grape tomatoes used in these products may be contaminated with Salmonella, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The problem was discovered when Taylor Farms Pacific was notified by its tomato supplier, Six L's, that a specific lot of grape tomatoes was being recalled due to potential Salmonella contamination. Taylor Farms Pacific, in conjunction with the Food and Drug Administration, announced the recall of products containing the grape tomatoes on May 2, 2011. Some of the USDA-regulated products may have already been identified in that release (http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm253580.htm).

The products subject to recall in packaging for consumers include:
6.5-oz. plastic trays of "Marketside Chef Salad" with a use-by date of "5/2/11," and the case code "10210276."
5.25-oz. plastic trays of "Marketside Cobb Salad" with a use-by date of "5/6/11," and the case code "10210277."
12-oz. plastic trays of "Signature Cafe BLT Salad with Chicken" with a use-by date of "4/27/11," and the case code "10218631."
12-oz. plastic trays of "Signature Cafe Cobb Salad" with a use-by date of "4/27/11" or "4/28/11," and the case code "10218625."
11-oz. plastic trays of "Signature Cafe Chef Salad" with a use-by date of "4/27/11," and the case code "10218627."

Each package bears a label with the establishment number "EST. 34013" or "P-34013" inside the USDA mark of inspection and the use-by date as noted above. The products subject to recall were produced from April 20–24, 2011, and were sent to distribution centers in Ariz., Calif., Nev., Utah and Wash. for further distribution to retail stores.

The products subject to recall in packaging for retailers, who may have assembled the kits and then repackaged the products for retail sale include:
96-oz. packages of "Safeway Signature Cafe Cobb Salad Kit" bearing the case code "10218805" and a use-by date of either "5/3/11"or "5/4/11" and distributed in Ariz., Calif., Colo. and Ore.
88-oz. packages of "Safeway Signature Cafe Chef Salad Kit" bearing the case code "10218807" and a use-by date of "5/4/11," "5/5/11" or "5/7/11" and distributed in Ariz., Calif., Colo. and Ore.
96-oz. packages of "Safeway Signature Cafe Cobb Salad Kit" bearing the case code "10218816" and a use-by date of either "5/2/11," "5/3/11" or "5/4/11" and distributed in Wash.
88-oz. packages of "Safeway Signature Cafe Chef Salad Kit" bearing the case code "10218818" and a use-by date of "5/4/11" or "5/5/11" and distributed in Wash.
96-oz. packages of "Safeway Signature Cafe BLT Chicken Salad Kit" bearing the case code "10218822" and a use-by date of "5/4/11" and distributed in Wash.
138-oz. packages of "Walmart Marketside Asian Salad Kit" bearing the case code "10219991" and a use-by date of "5/3/11," "5/5/11" or 5/6/11 and distributed in Ariz. and Nev.
136-oz. packages of "Walmart Marketside Buffalo Salad Kit" bearing the case code "10219992" and a use-by date of "5/7/11" and distributed in Wyo.
6.07-lb. packages of "Walmart Marketside Chef Salad Kit" bearing the case code "10212096" and a use-by date of "5/5/11," "5/6/11" or "5/7/11" and distributed in Ariz., Nev., N.M., Utah, Wash., and Wyo.
6-10 oz. packages of "Raleys to Go California Cobb Salad" bearing the case code "10201360" and a use-by date of "5/4/11" and distributed in Calif.
6-11.5 oz. packages of "Raleys to Go Classic Chef Salad" bearing the case code "10201364" and a use-by date of "5/4/11" and distributed in Calif.
100-oz. packages of "Save Mart Pacific Coast Salad Kit" bearing the case code "10202161" and a use-by date of "5/7/11" and distributed in Calif.
17.39-lb. packages of "Taylor Farms Italian Sub 2 CT Pasta Salad Kit" bearing the case code "10203008" and a use-by date of "5/7/11" and distributed in Ore.
84-oz. packages of "Taylor Farms Cobb Salad Kit" bearing the case code "10210193" and a use-by date of "5/5/11" or "5/8/11" and distributed in Ariz.
84-oz. packages of "Taylor Farms Cobb Salad Kit" bearing the case code "10210204" and a use-by date of "5/6/11" and distributed in Calif.
12.25-lb. packages of "Sam's BLT Chicken Spinach" bearing the case code "10212049" and a use-by date of "5/8/11" and distributed in Calif.
7.7-lb. packages of "Walmart Marketside Ranch Cobb Salad Kit" bearing the case code "10212097" and a use-by date of "5/5/11," "5/6/11" or "5/7/11" and distributed in Ariz., Nev., N.M., Utah, Wash. and Wyo.
88-oz. packages of "Safeway Signature Cafe BLT with Chicken Salad Kit" bearing the case code "10218707" and a use-by date of "5/4/11" and distributed in Ariz. and Ore.

Each package bears a label with the establishment number "EST. 34013" or "P-34013" inside the USDA mark of inspection and the use-by date as noted above. The products were produced on various dates from April 20 and April 27, 2011. When repackaged into individual kits, the packages do not bear the USDA mark of inspection or the establishment number.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

RECALL...Fresh Market Signature Collection Atlantic Smoked Salmon Due to Possible Health Risk

Woodsmoke Provisions Voluntarily Recalls 160 packages of 4 oz. The Fresh Market Signature Collection Atlantic Smoked Salmon

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
- April 18, 2011 – Woodsmoke Provisions, LLC is voluntarily recalling forty pounds (40 lbs.) / 160 packages of the The Fresh Market Signature Collection Atlantic Smoked Salmon in 4 oz. retail packages with lot code 1459/2, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.


Listeria monocytogenes is 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 infections can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

The 160 packages of product subject to recall were distributed and sold only in a limited number of The Fresh Market, Inc. stores located in AR, FL, GA, IL, KY, MD, NC, OH and TN.

The product being recalled was packaged in 4 oz. plastic packages with the specific lot code 1459/2 which was manufactured January 15, 2010. The item UPC code is 737094000370.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

The potential for contamination was noted after routine inspection by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Consumers who have purchased this product from one of the above-mentioned stores with lot code 1459/2 should not consume it, and are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 404-355-5125, Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm (EST).
L&M Companies, Inc. Recalls One Lot of Whole Cucumbers Because of Possible Health Risk

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - April 22, 2011 - L&M Companies, Inc. of Raleigh, NC is issuing a voluntary recall of one lot (1590 cartons) of whole cucumbers because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. No illnesses have been reported in association with this recall, and no other products are involved.

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 recalled product was directly distributed by L&M Companies between March 30th and April 7th to wholesalers in New York (200 cartons), Florida (591 cartons), Illinois (139 cartons), Indiana (30 cartons) and Tennessee (15 cartons), and one retailer with distribution centers in Mississippi (420 cartons), Nebraska (92 cartons), Texas (2 cartons) and Wyoming (101 cartons).

Despite the limited direct distribution of the one recalled lot, L&M Companies is issuing a nationwide recall out of an abundance of caution because the company recognizes the possibility that wholesale customers could have redistributed the product in states beyond those listed above. The recalled lot of bulk cucumbers was harvested in South Florida on March 29th and according to USDA’s Quick Reference for Market Inspectors, cucumbers typically maintain an edible quality for 10-14 days after harvest. The company has accounted for the entire lot of recalled product and requested that customers who may still have the recalled product in inventory remove it from commerce and destroy it immediately. The recalled bulk cartons are marked Nature’s Delight and contain the Lot # PL-RID-002990 on the side of the carton. Only this one lot is being recalled.

The recall comes after the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) informed the company that Salmonella had been found on a randomly selected sample of cucumbers in a cooler at Four Seasons Produce of Central Florida, Inc. on April 13th. The company is working, in coordination with the FDA, to inform customers and consumers of this recall.

Consumers who think they may have the recalled product in their possession should not consume it and should contact the place of purchase to determine if their cucumber is included in this recall.

Consumers or customers with questions may call L&M Companies at 919-981-8003, Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Over the April 22-24 holiday weekend, messages left at this number will be retrieved and calls will be returned.

“L&M Companies takes food safety seriously, and we are committed to the customers and consumers who buy our products every day. Our farms are third-party, food safety certified, and they follow good agriculture practices.” said Lee Anne Oxford, company representative. "Even though the recalled lot was only directly distributed to a hand full of states, we are issuing this nationwide, voluntary recall to reduce even the slightest risk to public health.”

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Possible Health Risk in Alfalfa Sprouts



Jonathans Sprouts Recalls Alfalfa Sprouts Because Of Possible Health Risk...Potential Salmonella

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - April 19, 2011 - Jonathans Sprouts of Rochester, MA is recalling its conventional alfalfa sprout products with sell-by date of 4/23 (see list below), as a precaution, 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.

Six products are involved:


Jonathan’s 4oz Alfalfa Sprouts - sell-by 4/23
Jonathan’s 4oz Alfalfa with Radish Sprouts - sell-by 4/23
Jonathan’s 4oz Gourmet Sprouts - sell-by 4/23
Jonathan’s 4oz Alfalfa with Dill Sprouts - sell-by 4/23
Jonathan’s 8oz Alfalfa Sprouts - sell-by 4/23


The product is sold in plastic containers, approximately 4 inches cube.


Jonathan’s 5lb Bulk Alfalfa in waxed 18”x11” cardboard cartons - code 397


The products containing alfalfa sprouts were distributed in New York, New England, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware.

They are sold at the following stores:

A&P, Grand Union, Stop & Shop, Shaws, Hannaford, Donnelans, Foodmaster, Truccis, Roche Brothers.

Jonathan’s organic alfalfa sprouts or any of Jonathan’s organic products are not part of this recall.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Turkey Burger Recall


Jennie-O Turkey Store® All Natural Turkey Burgers recalled for Salmonella. contamination


Distributed by: Sam's Club Nationwide The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced that Jennie-O Turkey Store, a Willmar, Minnesota, establishment, is recalling approximately 54,960 pounds of frozen, raw turkey burger products that may be contaminated with Salmonella. As FSIS continues its investigation of illnesses related to this recall, additional raw turkey products may be recalled. As a result, FSIS is alerting consumers to take extra care when preparing all raw turkey products.


As always, consumers must remember to cook all poultry products to an internal temperature of 165F.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Precautionary Recall of Bag Spinach

Fresh Express Announces Precautionary Recall of a Limited Number of Cases of 9 oz. Bag Spinach Due to Possible Health Risk from Salmonella Fresh Express is voluntarily recalling 2,939 cases of 9 oz. Bag Spinach with Product Codes starting with H081 and H082, UPC Code of 7127913204 and Use-by Dates of April 6 and 7 out of an abundance of caution due to a positive test result for Salmonella from random sample testing. The company is not aware of any illnesses reported in connection with the recall and no other Fresh Express products are included in the recall. Consumers who have purchased the product should not consume it, but rather discard it and contact their retailer for a full refund. Consumers with questions may call the Fresh Express Consumer Response Center at (800) 242-5472, Monday – Friday, 5 a.m. – 8 p.m., Pacific Time. Consumers can find the Product Code and Use-by Date in the upper right-hand corner of the package and the UPC Code in the lower left on the reverse side of the package. Retailers should remove the identified 9 oz. Bag Spinach (Product Code starting with H081 and H082, UPC Code of 7127913204 and Use-by Dates of April 6 and 7) from store shelves and inventories. Fresh Express customer service representatives are already contacting retailers to ensure the precautionary recall is executed swiftly. The identified 9 oz. Bag Spinach was distributed to seven states with the potential for redistribution by customers to an additional seven states as follows: Distribution: Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Maine. Possible Redistribution: New Jersey, Virginia, Delaware, Vermont, New Hampshire, West Virginia Ohio and DC. Salmonella is a bacterium that can cause foodborne illness in a person who eats a food item contaminated with it. Symptoms may include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps. Anyone can contract Salmonella infection but the risk is greatest in young children, elderly persons, and persons with lowered natural resistance to infection due to pregnancy, cancer, HIV/AIDS, diabetes and other diseases. No illnesses are reported at this time and Fresh Express is coordinating closely with regulatory officials.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

MEAT GLUE?????


Here is a video that was sent to me by one of my blog followers. This is something that will make you think long and hard before purchasing one of those new specialty cuts of meat. You know, those new cuts of meats that are given names you have never heard of before. Watch this and just think of the possibilities. Post your comments for others to read.

WATCH VIDEO

Monday, March 28, 2011

Toxic Waste Bubble Gum Recalled for Lead!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - March 26, 2011 - Circle City Marketing and Distributing, doing business as Candy Dynamics, Indianapolis, IN, is issuing a voluntary recall of Toxic Waste® Short Circuits™ Bubble Gum, 3.2 oz (90 g) size, Lot #15070SC12. The product is imported from Pakistan. A recent test performed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has indicated that Lot #15070SC12 of the 3.2 oz. (90 g) size of the above-listed product contains elevated levels of lead (0.189 parts per million; the FDA tolerance is 0.1 ppm) that potentially could cause health problems, particularly for infants, small children, and pregnant women. Out of abundance of caution, the company has determined to recall Lot #15070SC12, which was distributed from January 4, 2011 until March 18, 2011. The product is identified as: Toxic Waste® Short Circuits™ Bubble Gum, (UPC 0 89894 31001 3), 3.2 oz (90 g) size, Lot #15070SC12 (the Lot # is located along the left side of the bag). No other "Toxic Waste®" brand product or "Short Circuits™ Bubble Gum", besides Lot #15070SC12 is affected by this recall. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem. The recalled Short Circuits™ Bubble Gum product was distributed nationwide in retail stores and through mail orders. The product was also distributed in limited quantities into Canada and Switzerland. The company will continue to sell Short Circuits™ Bubble Gum products in the U.S. Candy Dynamics is sending recall notices to its direct customers. Anyone in possession of the recalled product should telephone the company for information on destruction of the product. Please call Eileen O’Neal at 317-228-5012 (Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm EST) for further information. Lets hear some comments on this one. Un-real in today's world!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Cantaloupes Recall..Possible Health Risk


Del Monte Fresh Produce Voluntarily Recalls Cantaloupes Because Of Possible Health Risk


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - March 22, 2011 - Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., Inc. (“Del Monte Fresh”) of Coral Gables, Florida is voluntarily recalling 4,992 cartons of cantaloupes, each containing 4 plastic mesh sleeves with 3 cantaloupes per sleeve, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella Panama, 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 Panama often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella Panama 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 cantaloupes were distributed through warehouse clubs in Alaska, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.

The recalled products consist of cartons of cantaloupes, each containing 4 plastic beige mesh sleeves each sealed with a plastic orange handle with the Del Monte Logo and indication “3 count, Product of Guatemala” with 3 cantaloupes per sleeve and were available for sale between the 10th of March and the 21st of March, 2011. The cantaloupes, grown in and shipped from Del Monte Freshs’ farm Asuncion Mita in Guatemala, have a light brown color skin on the exterior, with orange flesh. The recalled cartons of cantaloupes are dark brown cardboard with the “Del Monte” logo in red lettering and “cantaloupes” in yellow lettering on a green background. The cantaloupes have the lot codes: 02-15-24-10, 02-15-25-10, 02-15-26-10 and 02-15-28-10

This cantaloupe recall is being implemented following a notification from the FDA that there is an epidemiologic link between the cantaloupes and approximately 12 reported cases of Salmonella Panama. Del Monte Fresh has put on hold the production and distribution of the product from the affected farm. The FDA and the Company will continue their investigation as to what, including whether the Company’s product, caused the problem.

Consumers who believe that they are in possession of uneaten cantaloupe affected by this recall should return it to the place of purchase for a refund and for more information may contact 1-800-659-6500 (operational 24 hours a day, seven days a week) or email Del Monte Fresh at Contact-US-Executive-Office@freshdelmonte.com