Monday, January 31, 2011

Publix Issues Voluntary Recall on Ice Cream Containing Undeclared Allergen

LAKELAND, Fla., Jan. 28, 2011 — Publix Super Markets is issuing a voluntary recall for Publix Premium Light Tiramisu Ice Cream, which may contain Publix Premium Coffee Almond Fudge Light Ice Cream, resulting in the presence of an undeclared almond allergen. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to almonds run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Voluntary Recall...Possible Health Risk

State Garden, Inc. Announces Voluntary Recall Of Certain Salad Mixes Due To Possible Health Risk
Wed, 26 Jan 2011 11:38:00 -0600

State Garden, Chelsea, MA - is conducting a voluntary recall of all Salad products produced in our plant on January 4, 2011 which correspond to trace back codes 45693 and 45703 due to a risk of contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

RECALL...Angus Beef Steak Patties

WASHINGTON, January 18, 2011 - United Food Group, LLC, a Vernon, Calif., establishment, is recalling approximately 7,875 pounds of ready-to-eat Angus Beef patties that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes (Lm), the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The products subject to recall include:

* 22.5-pound cases of “FULLY COOKED BLACK ANGUS GROUND BEEF STEAK PATTIES,” with each case containing 75 individual 4.8-ounce patties.

Each package bears the establishment number “EST. 31835” inside the USDA mark of inspection, a use-by date of “10-11-2011,” and is marked with either “LINE #31 or LINE #32.” The product subject to recall was produced on Oct. 11, 2010, and shipped to a single distributor in Calif. for further distribution to institutional users.

It should be noted that this product has been used and is no longer available in commerce. The company discovered, while conducting a year-end inventory, that the implicated product placed on hold was inadvertently shipped into commerce. As a result, the company conducted a recall and has retrieved and destroyed any remaining product from commerce.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Product Must be Removed!

Colorado Firm Recalls Ground Beef Products Due To Mislabeling and Possible Adulteration

WASHINGTON, Jan. 14, 2011 - Recall Release CLASS II RECALL
FSIS-RC-005-2011Colorado Meat Packers
, a Denver, Colo., establishment, is recalling approximately 2,234 pounds of beef trim that was improperly labeled and potentially adulterated, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The product label includes "For Cooking Only," indicating that it is intended for further processing to apply a full lethality at a federally inspected establishment. Because the product was sent to a federal establishment that does not conduct lethality operations, the product must be removed from commerce.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Challenges on the High Seas

There are challenges on the high seas for on-board food service. Many are different than those we experience on land, however, there are many special at sea challenges. I just got off a four day consulting trip on-board a tanker from Ft. Lauderdale to Tampa. Meeting the food safety and sanitation challenges on-board are similar as those on land based operations when dealing with limited storage, aging equipment, and staffing with little formal training. The differences are those challenges created by a moving kitchen. Limited vendor selections, and limited delivery days and times for products add additional on-board challenges.

RECALL...Elevated Levels of Lead

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - January 13, 2011 - Circle City Marketing and Distributing doing business as Candy Dynamics, Indianapolis, IN, is issuing a voluntary recall of all Toxic Waste® brand Nuclear Sludge® Chew Bars, all flavors, Net wt. 0.7 oz (20 g) package. The product is imported from Pakistan.

A recent test performed by the California Department of Public Health has indicated that a lot (#8288A) of the cherry flavor of the above-listed product contains elevated levels of lead (0.24 parts per million; the U.S. FDA tolerance is 0.1 ppm) that potentially could cause health problems, particularly for infants, small children, and pregnant women.

Out of an abundance of caution, the company has determined to recall all lots and all flavors of the product distributed from the product's inception in 2007 through January 2011.

The products are identified as: Toxic Waste® Nuclear Sludge® Cherry Chew Bar (UPC 0 89894 81430 6), Toxic Waste® Nuclear Sludge® Sour Apple Chew Bar (UPC 0 10684 81410 7), and Toxic Waste® Nuclear Sludge® Blue Raspberry Chew Bar (UPC 0 89894 81420 7). Each chew bar has a net wt. of 0.7 oz (20 g).
The recalled Nuclear Sludge™ Chew Bars were distributed nationwide in retail stores and through mail orders.

Here's my question to everyone. Why are we importing this type of consumer product from Pakistan when we have numerous manufacturers here in the USA? Weigh in on this puzzling issue. Post your thoughts.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Voluntary recall on Cilantro, Curly Parsley, and Italian Parsley

Well it looks like 2011 is starting off with many new voluntary and mandatory recalls. Are recalls happening more often or are we as a society of consumers demanding more and more reporting of potential issues with our food supply. Here is another voluntary recall that has a potential for a very serious health event.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - January 5, 2010 - Boncheff Greenhouses, Inc. of Toronto, Ontario is issuing a voluntary recall on Cilantro, Curly Parsley, and Italian Parsley, because they have 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.

These herbs were distributed to various retailers in New York State and Pennsylvania. The items were sold between December 14th and December 28th, 2010.

No illnesses have been reported to date.