Sunday, December 16, 2012

Ocean Beauty Seafoods LLC is Recalling Smoked Salmon Products


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - December 14, 2012 - Ocean Beauty Seafoods LLC is voluntarily recalling 371 cases of ready-to-eat cold smoked salmon products because of possible contamination by Listeria monocytogenes.
The recalled products, “Nathan’s Brand 3oz Cold Smoked Atlantic Salmon” (Product of Chile) and “LASCCO Cold Smoked Nova Atlantic Salmon 4 oz” (Product of Chile) were distributed to various retailers and distribution centers in WA, OR, CA, AZ, TX, CO, MA, NH, CT, RI, NJ, and NY from 11/20/2012 through 12/12/2012.
Potentially affected product is limited to packages bearing the following codes:
BRAND ITEM UPC PACK CODE VOLUME
Lascco 4 oz Nova Salmon 0 72840 01751 7 285 96 cases
Nathan's 3oz Nova Salmon 0 73030 80368 2 285 275 cases
Ocean Beauty Seafoods has notified the retailers and distributors who may have received the affected product listed above, and is taking this action as a precautionary measure in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. No other Ocean Beauty products are included in this action. There have been no complaints or illnesses reported in association with this recall.
The potential for contamination was noted after internal testing by the company revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in samples of the specific code dates identified above. Nathan’s and Lascco brand products that do not have the specific package code identified above are not affected.
Consumers can identify if they have purchased an impacted product by looking at the package code date located in the back, top left corner of the package. Consumers who have affected product with the package codes identified above should not eat the product. Consumers should discard any open packages of affected product and should return unopened packages to the place of purchase for a refund.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Voluntary Recall...VEGGIE PATCH®

VEGGIE PATCH® Voluntarily Recalls Two Items- The Ultimate Meatless Burger and Falafel
- Due To Possible Risk Of Contamination By Listeria monocytogenes

 
 
 
VEGGIE PATCH® is voluntarily recalling two products --The Ultimate Meatless Burger and Falafel-- due to a risk ofcontamination 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. Although healthy persons may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant women.
The Ultimate Meatless Burger and Falafel, from VEGGIE PATCH, with the specific use-by dates and UPC codes listed below were distributed to a select number of retailers and distributors.
  • 9-ounce trays of refrigerated, fully cooked, VEGGIE PATCH, The Ultimate Meatless Burger with a Use-By date, Jan/12/2013; UPC code 6-10129-00211-5 (which can be found on back of package)
  • 9-ounce trays of refrigerated, fully cooked, VEGGIE PATCH, Falafel with a Use-By date, Jan/15/2013; UPC code 6-10129-06619-3 (which can be found on back of package)
The Ultimate Meatless Burger potentially affected was available for sale as of November 21, 2012, in the following states; NY, CT, PA, FL, IL, MD, IN, WI, VA, NJ and DE. Falafel potentially affected, was available for sale as of November 21, 2012, nationwide.
No illnesses have been reported to date. VEGGIE PATCH discovered this issue as part of its routine testing of its products.
Consumers who purchased any product with the specific use-by dates and UPC codes listed above are asked to dispose of the product. They should email contactus@veggiepatch.com to arrange for a full refund. The recall affects only these two items. Products that do not contain the specific use-by dates and UPC codes listed are not affected by the recall. No other VEGGIE PATCH products or other use-by dates of The Ultimate Meatless Burger or Falafel are affected by this recall. Frozen Veggie Patch products are not affected by this recall.
Consumers with questions can contact VEGGIE PATCH at 888-807-0765, 8am- 5pm EST, seven days a week, or at contactus@veggiepatch.com
More information is available on the VEGGIE PATCH website at www.veggiepatch.com
About VEGGIE PATCH
VEGGIE PATCH offers tasty, healthy and convenient vegetarian foods and meatless options ideal for snacks, lunch and dinner. Products include main dish items, kid-friendly vegetable and cheese bites and other appetizers. All VEGGIE PATCH products are made from real vegetables, are high in protein and free of trans fats and MSG. For more information, visit http://www.veggiepatch.com
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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Toledo, Ohio market Recalls Kielbasa

WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2012 - Stanley's Market Brands, LLC, a Toledo, Ohio establishment, is recalling approximately 16,100 pounds of kielbasa products because they may contain foreign materials—less than 5mm-sized pieces of plastic, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

  • 10-lb. bulk cases, each containing 15 links of "STANLEY'S MARKET FRESH KIELBASA," bearing the identifying case code of "S0011" and any of the following package codes: "30412," "30512," "30612," "31012," "31112," "31312," "31412," "31812," "32012," "32112."
  • 41-oz white freezer paper wrapped packages, each containing 4 links of "STANLEY'S MARKET FRESH KIELBASA."
  • 21-oz. white freezer paper wrapped packages of "STANLEY'S MARKET FRESH KIELBASA," bearing the identifying case code of "S0071" and any of the following package codes: "31012" or "31112." The product was produced on Nov. 5, 2012 and Nov. 6, 2012.
  • Bulk packages of "STANLEY'S MARKET FRESH KIELBASA."
  • 6.6 lb. vacuum sealed packages of "STANLEY'S MARKET SMOKED FRESH KIELBASA," with the identifying case code of "S0013," and any of the following package codes: "31312" or "31012." The product was produced on Nov. 5, 2012 and Nov. 8, 2012.

The products subject to recall bear the establishment number "Est. 34598" inside the USDA mark of inspection. The products were produced on the following dates in 2012, unless otherwise noted above: Oct. 30, Oct. 31, Nov. 1, Nov. 5, Nov. 6, Nov 8, Nov. 9, Nov. 13, Nov. 15, and Nov. 16. It is important to note that the above listed products were repackaged into consumer-size packages and may not bear the identifying product information.

The 10-lb bulk cases listed above were distributed at the wholesale level in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio for further processing and distribution.

The 41-oz packages were distributed nationwide through internet sales at the retail level, while the 21-oz packages were distributed to retail establishments in Toledo, Ohio.

The bulk and 6.6-lb packages were sold through the company's retail counter in Toledo, Ohio.

FSIS was alerted to the problem by Stanley's Market Brands. The company initiated the recall after being informed by its supplier that the marjoram ingredient in the spice mix used in the kielbasa products was being withdrawn from the market by the supplier for potentially containing foreign materials. FSIS and the company have received no reports of injury associated with the consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about injury should contact a healthcare provider.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

DOG PROTEIN CRUNCH BAR RECALL

Charlee Bear Products Recalls “Protein Crunch Bars” Because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk


Contact
Consumer:
1-800-396-8893

Media:
Lori Richards
414-390–5500
lrichards@muellercommunications.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - November 1, 2012 -- Charlee Bear Products announced today that it is voluntarily recalling certain lots of its Protein Crunch Bar products because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

The following products are being recalled:

  • Charlee Bear Protein Crunch Bars – Chicken Recipe with Carrots
    5.5 oz packages; UPC Code: 8710890000
    Lot number 19812; Best by date: 07-16-2015
    Lot number 19912; Best by date: 07-17-2015
    Lot number 20012; Best by date: 07-18-2015
    Lot number 20212; Best by date: 07-20-2015
  • Charlee Bear Protein Crunch Bars – Chicken Recipe with Sweet Potatoes
    5.5 oz packages; UPC Code: 8710890001
    Lot number 20112; Best by date: 07-19-2015

Pets with Salmonella infections may have decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. If left untreated, pets may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

Individuals handling contaminated product can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with surfaces exposed to this product. Healthy people who believe they may have been exposed to Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. According to the Centers for Disease Control, people who are more likely to be affected by Salmonella include infants, children younger than 5 years old, organ transplant patients, people with HIV/AIDS and people receiving treatment for cancer.

No illnesses have been reported to date in animals or humans in connection to these products.
 
ANY COMMENT...PLEASE POST.  EVEN OUR PETS ARE IN DANGER FROM FOOD BOURNE ILLNESS. 

Sunday, October 14, 2012

MORE PEANUT ISSUES!


Due to Sunland Peanut Butter Recall, AdvancePierre Foods Initiates Voluntary Recall of Select Frozen Peanut Butter Products


Sunland, Inc. today announced that it is extending its ongoing voluntary recall to include raw and roasted shelled and in-shell peanuts processed in its Peanut Processing Plant because the products have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Specifically, the recall is being extended to include raw and roasted peanuts, both in-shell and shelled, which were processed in its Peanut Processing Plant located in Portales, New Mexico, and which are within their current shelf life or have no stated expiration date.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Recall of Hearts of Romaine Salad


Fresh Express Issues Recall of Limited Quantity of 18 oz. Hearts of Romaine Salad
 
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - October 11, 2012 - Charlotte, North Carolina – Fresh Express Incorporated is conducting a voluntary, precautionary recall of a limited quantity of Fresh Express Hearts of Romaine Salad with a Use-by Date of October 11 and Product Code of S270A24 due to a possible health risk from Salmonella.

No illnesses or consumer complaints have been reported to Fresh Express at this time in association with this recall. No other Fresh Express products are subject to this recall.

The recall notification is being issued out of an abundance of caution based on an isolated instance in which a random sample yielded a positive result for Salmonella as part of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s random sample testing program. Fresh Express is coordinating closely with regulatory officials.

Fresh Express customer service representatives are already contacting relevant retailers to confirm the recalled product has been removed from store shelves and inventories and that none is available for consumer purchase. Customers with questions are instructed to contact their Fresh Express customer service representative. The recalled salads were distributed primarily in the West-Northwest and Midwest regions of the U.S.

Consumers who may have purchased the recalled salad are asked not to eat it, but to throw it out instead. Fresh Express is offering a full refund. Consumers with questions or who would like to secure a refund may call the Fresh Express Consumer Response Center at (800) 242-5472 during the hours of 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.
Specific recall information follows:

  • Product Being Recalled: Fresh Express Hearts of Romaine in 18 oz. package
  • Product Code: S270A24 (located in upper right corner on front of package)
  • Use-by Date: October 11 (also located in upper right hand corner of package)
  • Distribution: Primarily in West-Northwest and Midwest regions of the U.S.

·        Salmonella is an organism that may cause fever, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and possibly bloody diarrhea in healthy individuals. It can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Consumers with these symptoms should consult their health care provider.

·        Fresh Express Precautionary Salad Recall- 10/11/12 (No other Fresh Express Salads are included in this recall)

·        Fresh ExpressHearts of Romaine SIZE18 oz. UPC 071279-262017

·        Production Code S270A24 Best If Used By Date OCT 11

·        POSSIBLE DISTRIBUTIONSTATES

·        AZ, AR, CA, CO, HI, ID, KS, LA, MN, MT, NV, NM, ND, OK, OR, TX, UT, WA, WI, WY

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Recall of Frosted Mini-Wheats

Voluntary Recall of Select Packages of Frosted Mini-Wheats Bite Size Original and Mini-Wheats Unfrosted Bite Size
 
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - October 8, 2012 - We have initiated a voluntary recall due to the possible presence of fragments of flexible metal mesh from a faulty manufacturing part. Recalled products include only Frosted Mini-Wheats Bite Size Original and Mini-Wheats Unfrosted Bite Size with the letters KB, AP or FK before or after the Best If Used Before date. Products impacted are:

Kellogg's Frosted Mini-Wheats Bite Size Original cereal

  • UPC 3800031829 - 18-ounce carton with Better if Used Before Dates between APR 01 2013 KB - SEP 21 2013 KB
  • UPC 3800073444 - 18-ounce carton with Better if Used Before Dates between APR 01 2013 KB - SEP 21 2013 KB
  • UPC 3800031834 - 24-ounce carton with Better if Used Before Dates between APR 01 2013 KB - SEP 21 2013 KB
  • UPC 3800046954 - 30-ounce carton with Better if Used Before Dates between APR 01 2013 KB - SEP 21 2013 KB
  • UPC 3800031921 - 70-ounce club store carton with Better if Used Before Dates APR 01 2013 KB - JUL 29 2013 KB
  • UPC 3800004961 - single-serve bowl with Better if Used Before Dates between 04013 KB - 09213 KB
  • UPC 3800021993 - single-serve carton with Better if Used Before Dates between AP 04013 - AP 09213 or FK 04013 - FK 09213

Kellogg's Mini-Wheats Unfrosted Bite Size cereal

  • UPC 3800021983 - single serve carton with Better if Used Before Dates between FK 04013 - FK 09213
  • UPC 3800035982 -18-ounce carton with Better if Used Before Dates between APR 01 2013 KB - SEP 21 2013 KB

Consumers with affected product or who have questions should contact us using the Contact Us feature on Kelloggs.com or call 800-962-1413 from 8 am to 6 pm Eastern Time, Monday - Friday.

Toft Dairy Issues Immediate Voluntary Recall

Voluntary Recall of Buckeye Bites Ice Cream 48 oz Cartons and 3 Gallon Tubs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - October 9, 2012 - After receiving a recall notice from a former supplier of peanut butter base, Toft's has issued a voluntary recall on 48 oz cartons and 3 gallon tubs of Buckeye Bites Ice Cream with expiration dates of March 14,2013 or before. Any 48 oz or 3 gallon tub of Toft's Buckeye Bites with an expiration date after March 14, 2013 is NOT involved in this recall due to us switching peanut butter suppliers on March 15, 2012. Toft's Prime Time Buckeye Bites Ice Cream has been distributed throughout the state of Ohio and Southern Michigan. We have not received any reports of consumer illness associated with this recall. We have comprehensive product quality and safety policies and procedures operating throughout our facility daily to ensure the safety of our products.

The recalled product contains a peanut butter base that contains peanut butter manufactured by Sunland, Inc, which has just announced an expansion of a voluntary recall covering peanut products made in their Portales, New Mexico plant. Sunland's peanut butter products have been linked to Salmonella outbreaks across the United States dating back to March 1, 2010. However, Ohio has yet to report any illnesses from Sunland's recall. (Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis, and arthritis. For more information on Salmonella, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Website at http://www.cdc.gov3 ).

Toft's 48 oz Buckeye Bites Product UPC is 19473-00602. The Product Code for Toft's 3 gallon tubs of Buckeye Bites is 874. Buckeye Bites 48 oz cartons and 3 gallon tubs are the only items in this voluntary recall. No other Toft's products are included in this recall.

If consumers have 48 oz cartons or 3 gallon tubs of Toft's Buckeye Bites with an expiration date of March 14, 2013 or before in their freezers, they should cut out the date on their Buckeye Bites 48 oz carton or 3 gallon tub label and send it to the following address to Toft's for a full refund: Buckeye Bites, Toft Dairy, PO Box 2558; Sandusky, Ohio 44870. If you have any questions, please contact our corporate office at 800-521-4606 between the hours of8:00 a.m.-4:30p.m. EST. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

General Mills Voluntarily Recalls Limited Number of Cascadian Farm Snack Bars Containing Peanuts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - MINNEAPOLIS - October 9, 2012 - General Mills today announced a voluntary recall of a limited number of Cascadian Farm Granola Bars containing peanuts. This action is being taken as a precaution because peanut pieces in the products may have been sourced from Sunland, Inc., a peanut supplier that recently expanded its recall of peanut ingredients.

This voluntary recall includes 6-count boxes of Cascadian Farm Peanut Butter Chip Chewy Granola Bars with the following "Better if Used By" dates printed on the top of the box:


01NOV2012
02NOV2012


Because this product was produced in February, it may no longer be on store shelves.

Consumers are urged to check their pantries for these two "Better if Used By" dates. Consumers are also urged to dispose of any Cascadian Farm Granola Bar products containing peanuts that are past the "Better if Used By Date" printed on the box. These products include:

  • Cascadian Farm Sweet & Salty Peanut Pretzel Bars
  • Cascadian Farm Sweet & Salty Mixed Nut Granola Bars
  • Cascadian Farm Peanut Butter Chip Chewy Granola Bars
  • Cascadian Farm Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Chewy Granola Bars
  • Cascadian Farm Trail Mix Dark Chocolate Cranberry Chewy Granola Bars

No illnesses have been reported in connection with Cascadian Farm products. No other varieties or production dates of Cascadian Farm products are affected by this recall.

Consumers who have products covered by this recall may contact Cascadian Farm Consumer Services at 1-800-624-4123 for a replacement.

Monday, September 3, 2012

    
The U.S. built tanker, American Phoenix, arrived in Port Canaveral on August 20.  A proud moment for Port Canaveral and for this blogger.  You see, I was part of the setting up of the galley in the Mobile shipyard.  For the month of July, my crew and I purchased equipment, groceries, and feed the crew of 70 mariners, engineers, and contractors who were getting the Phoenix prepared for her maiden-voyage.  That was quite a month!  The American Phoenix was built in Mobile, AL as a U.S. flagged ship with a U.S. crew under the federal Jones Act.  This allows a ship to cargo from one U.S. port to another U.S. port without stopping outside of the country.  The Phoenix discharged 323,000 barrels of gasoline while in port.  That is the equivalent of 13.6 gallons of gasoline that will be distributed throughout Central Florida. 
     Chef Johnny on the American Phoenix
American C.H.E.F. Consulting, with Chef John E. Clark and his crew of two, did their part in getting the great U.S. vessel prepared to work in American waters with an American crew.  Chef Clark’s responsibilities were to order equipment, stores order, and prepare the Galley for service.  During sea trials, the Galley staff was responsible for the shake down of all equipment and preparing three meals a day for the sea trial crew.  Sea trials lasted for a period of 30 days with half of that period being out in the Gulf of Mexico.  This is not the first sea trial of a vessel that Chef Clark and his company have been contracted to participate.  Others have been for Military Sea Lift Command and Military Administration vessels.  Chef Clark’s consulting firm offers services pertaining to culinary, hospitality, education, and food (C.H.E.F.) and specializes in the Maritime industry.  Chef Clark and American C.H.E.F. Consulting are located on the Space Coast of Florida in Titusville, near the Kennedy Space Center.  For more information on the American Phoenix and the services available from the American C.H.E.F. Consulting, contact us at: 321-567-4408.
 

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Possible Listeria again in Cantaloupe!

Burch Equipment LLC, North Carolina, is correcting the variety of cantaloupe involved in recalls initiated on July 28 and August 2, 2012. Previous announcements incorrectly identified the cantaloupes as being the Athena variety. The cantaloupes affected by the recall are the Caribbean Gold variety.  The firm voluntarily recalled 580 cases of cantaloupes on July 28, and voluntarily recalled an additional 13,888 cases of cantaloupes (9 cantaloupes per case) and 581 bins of cantaloupes (110 cantaloupes per bin) on August 2, due to the potential for being contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Melons affected by this recall total 188,902.

The whole Caribbean Gold variety cantaloupes were shipped between July 15th and July 27th and distributed in FL, GA, IL, MD, ME, NC, NJ, NY, PA, SC and VA. The whole cantaloupes are identified by a red label reading Burch Farms referencing PLU # 4319. All cantaloupes involved in the recall were grown by Burch Farms, however some of the cantaloupes may have been identified with a “Cottle Strawberry, Inc.” sticker referencing PLU #4319. Cottle Farms is not involved in this recall. Cantaloupes from Burch Farms were shipped in both corrugated boxes (9 cantaloupe per case) and in bulk bins.

Burch Equipment LLC is requesting any consumer that may have one of these cantaloupes to discard the product.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Sorry, I have been out to sea!

 
  The "American Phoenix" owned by MOTC. Crewed by Seabulk Tankers.
Sorry for not posting anything lately.  Well, more than lately, for over a month.  For the past month I have been out of the zone of things.  July 5th I took a flight out of Orlando and went to Mobile to work on the American Phoenix in the BAE Shipyard in Mobile, AL.  It has been a busy and very demanding past month.  Lots to do and long days getting the Galley on this new tanker put together.  And, we also feed close to 70 people working on board.  We spend two trips out into the Gulf of Mexico doing sea trials getting this new vessel in working condition.  Speaking of conditions, the galley was a real challenge.  Not designed as well as I would have wanted it, but, with the help of two hand picked crew members, we did our best to get it equipped and feed all the crew and others working.  More to be posted later. Getting things caught up. It will take a while. 

Monday, July 2, 2012

Precautionary Recall of Limited Number of Salads

Dole Fresh Vegetables Announces Precautionary Recall of Limited Number of Salads


Contact
Consumer:
Dole Food Company Consumer Response Center
(800) 356-3111

Media:
Marty Ordman
Phone: (818) 874-4834
marty.ordman@dole.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 29, 2012 – Dole Fresh Vegetables is voluntarily recalling 2,598 cases of bagged salad. The product being recalled is Dole Hearts of Romaine coded 0540N165112A or B, with Use-by date of June 26 and UPC 7143000956 due to a possible health risk from Listeria monocytogenes. Dole Fresh Vegetables is coordinating closely with regulatory officials. No illnesses have been reported in association with the recall.
The product code and Use-by date are in the upper right-hand corner of the package; the UPC code is on the back of the package, below the barcode. The salads were distributed in nine U.S. states (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia).
No illnesses have been reported in association with the recall. This precautionary recall notification is being issued due to an isolated instance in which a sample of Dole Hearts of Romaine salad yielded a positive result for Listeria monocytogenes in a random sample test conducted by the FDA.
No other salads are included in the recall. Only the specific Product Codes, UPC codes and June 26, 2012 Use-by date identified above are included in the recall. Consumers who have any remaining product with these Product Codes should not consume it, but rather discard it. Retailers and consumers with questions may call the Dole Food Company Consumer Response Center at (800) 356-3111, which is open 8:00 am to 3:00 pm (PT) Monday - Friday.
Although the product is 3 days past its Use-by date and it is highly unlikely that any product is still available at retail, retailers should check their inventories and store shelves to confirm that none of the product is mistakenly present or available for purchase by consumers or in warehouse inventories. Dole Fresh Vegetables customer service representatives are already contacting retailers and are in the process of confirming that the recalled product is not in the stream of commerce.

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause foodborne illness in a person who eats a food item contaminated with it. Symptoms of infection may include fever, muscle aches, gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea or diarrhea. The illness primarily impacts pregnant women and adults with weakened immune systems. Most healthy adults and children rarely become seriously ill.

Listeria Contamination in Queso Fresco Cheese

Peregrina Cheese Corporation Recalls All Products Manufactured In Its Plant Because Of Possible Health Risk

Company Contact:
Customer Service
718-456-2391


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 12, 2009 – Peregrina Cheese Corporation of Brooklyn, New York, is recalling all products manufactured in its Brooklyn, NY plant from March 17, 2009 to the present because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

This recall action is being conducted in accordance with the Consent Decree filed on July 20, 2009, which requires Peregrina Cheese Corporation to recall all products and codes produced in the Brooklyn plant from March 17, 2009 to the present.

The recall action involves the following products produced since March 17, 2009:

    • Peregrina Cheese brand QUESO FRESCO Fresh Cheese, 14 Oz. (397 g) foil-wrapped package, Plant # 36-8431, UPC 8 17424 00024 6, all lot codes on the market produced since March 17, 2009.
    • Chipilo brand MEXICAN CHEESE QUESO FRESCO – Fresh Cheese, NET WT. 15 oz. (425g), Plant #36-8431, UPC 8 17424 00028 4, all lot codes on the market produced since March 17, 2009.
    • Peregrina Cheese brand QUESO HEBRA Queso Oaxaca, NET WT. 15 Oz. (425g), Plant #36-8431, UPC 8 17424 00026 0, all lot codes on the market produced since March 17, 2009.
    • Peregrina Cheese brand QUESO COTIJA MOLIDO, NET WT. 15 OZ. plastic bags, Plant # 36-1388, UPC 8 17424 00027 7, all lot codes on the market produced since March 17, 2009.
    • Peregrina Cheese brand Flan, NET WT 8 oz., Plant # 36-8431, UPC 8 17424 00026 0, all lot codes on the market produced since March 17, 2009.
    • Peregrina Cheese brand GELATIN, NET WT. 10 OZ., Plant # 36-8431, UPC 8 17424 00031 4, all lot codes on the market produced since March 17, 2009.
    • Peregrina Cheese brand CREMA MEXICANA Mexican Cream, Weight 16 Oz., Plant # 55-8991, UPC 8 17424 00030 7, all lot codes on the market produced since March 17, 2009.

The products were distributed to retail stores in New York and Pennsylvania.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

This recall action is being conducted with the knowledge of the FDA.

Consumers who purchased the above listed products are urged not to consume them and to discard them immediately. Please direct questions regarding this recall action to Peregrina Cheese Corporation at 1-718-456-2391, Monday - Friday from 9 am - 4:30 pm EDT.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

News

Instrument capable of many food safety tests.

A new platform from a food safety technology provider can allow many kinds of tests on one instrument.
Camarillo, Calif.-based Hygiena’s Ensure platform is a quality monitoring system that uses a single instrument to collect, analyze and report data from many quality indicators, according to a company release.
The Ensure platform is capable of a variety of tests, including water tests and coliform/E. coli tests.
The technology has generated significant interest in the produce industry, said Johnny Clark, president of Titusville, Fla.-based American C.H.E.F. Consulting and the only independent food safety consultant/marketing distributor for Hygiena in Florida.
“We have sold several to the produce industry both in Florida and other locations,” Clark said.
The Ensure platform runs on an instrument that features a protected USB connection, a large screen and a sealed, seven-button keypad. The unit also provides test results in 15 seconds.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The 2012 Dirty Dozen Plus and the Clean 15

Worried about pesticides and produce? Wondering if it's worth it to go organic? The Environmental Working Group has released its 2012 guide to the most- and least-contaminated crops out there -- its "Dirty Dozen" and "Clean 15" lists -- and this year there are a few new items to watch out for, including certain types of baby food.  To read the rest of the story...http://shine.yahoo.com/healthy-living/2012-dirty-dozen-plus-clean-15-buying-organic-000700620.html

Monday, June 18, 2012

Shining Light on a Hotel Room's Dirtiest Things

Wow, here is another story about what you might get from your next stay in a hotel.  Hotels are missing the opportunity of saving guests from taking home more than a pleasant night's sleep by not validating their cleaning processes.  Here is part of the story from the My Health News Daily web site.  If you are a hotel and want to learn on how to validate the cleaning processes in your hotel, get in touch with us and find out about the Hygiena ATP testing system.

Want to stay away from germs during your next hotel stay? Then don’t turn on the TV or lights — new research shows that TV remotes and light switches are among the most contaminated items in hotel rooms.  Researchers from the University of Houston took bacteria samples from several items in hotel rooms in three regions of the United States. While the toilet and sink were expected to have high levels of bacteria, researchers also found more surprising items with high contamination levels, such as the remote and the switch on the bedside lamp.  Hotel rooms “don’t have to have it ready for surgery,” said study researcher Jay Neal, a microbiologist at the University of Houston, but there certainly is room for improvement in their cleanliness.

Article from:   http://www.myhealthnewsdaily.com/2730-hotels-bacteria-contamination-remote.html

Monday, June 4, 2012

Hygiena International, a global supplier of rapid hygiene testing systems, has recently commenced a new hospital evaluation program in the US involving the SystemSURE Plus ATP product.

The SystemSURE Plus ATP monitoring system, which is comprised of a handheld luminometer and swabs, works through the collection and quantification of ATP remaining in organic residues still present following conventional cleaning operations. The identification of ATP (adenosine triphosphate) as an indicator of surface cleanliness has become an established hygiene technology within the healthcare market. ATP is the energy molecule present in all living cells, and its presence is evidence of organic contamination, which can provide the nutrient base for the growth of harmful bacteria and infectious micro-organisms.

Using bioluminescence technology, the Hygiena SystemSURE Plus ATP monitoring equipment provides rapid indications of ATP levels and the hygienic status of contact surfaces, so that appropriate corrective action can be taken without delay. Hygiena SystemSURE can be used to demonstrate cleaning efficacy and show continuous improvement, while identifying and implementing training requirements and their impact on patient experiences. Some facilities have used the system to provide evidence of value for money from their contracted in services such as cleaning and catering. Care homes and ambulance services are now using the technology to demonstrate adherence to CQC.  For more information on the Hygiena International rapid hygiene testing system, contact us at: 321-567-4408.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

RECALL...Ready-To-Eat Pork Product

Hawaii Firm Recalls Ready-To-Eat Pork Product for Possible Listeria Contamination
Recall ReleaseCLASS I RECALL
FSIS-RC-037-2012HEALTH RISK: HIGH

Congressional and Public Affairs
Bill Bagley
(202) 720-9113
 
WASHINGTON, June 2, 2012   Keoki's Lau Lau, a Honolulu, HI establishment, is recalling approximately 400 pounds of a ready-to-eat pork product due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today. 
The following product is subject to recall:

  • 12 oz. tubs of "Keoki's Kalua Brand Pork"
  • 48 oz. tubs of "Keoki's Kalua Brand Pork"

The product bears the establishment number "EST. 12429" inside the USDA mark of inspection and batch numbers 546 and 552. The products were produced on May 24 and 25, 2012, and distributed to retail establishments in Hawaii.
The problem was discovered by the firm during follow-up testing conducted after a positive result from a FSIS routine monitoring sample. FSIS and the company have not received any reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of the products. Anyone concerned about a reaction should contact a healthcare provider.

Consumers seeking more information about this recall should contact Jamie Kema, Office Manager, at (808) 832-4231. Members of the media should contact Gary Ishimoto, President, at (808) 832-4224.

Friday, June 1, 2012

An Updated Message - Recall of South Korea Shellfish

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -June 1, 2012 - On Friday, May 25, 2012, at the end of the business day, the FDA issued a Constituent Update on shellfish from Korea. This update supplemented an announcement released on May 18th, clarifying that canned product (now in addition to fresh and frozen shellfish from Korea) was considered adulterated. The Constituent Update includes the statement that no U.S. illnesses from the consumption of Korean shellfish have been reported in 2012.

In light of the FDA Update of May 25th, effective immediately, Crown Prince is notifying all of its wholesalers to suspend shipments and retailers to remove South Korean shellfish from their shelves. The affected products are:

Item UPC 0 73230 00052 2 – Crown Prince Whole Boiled Oysters
Item UPC 0 73230 00852 8 – Crown Prince Natural Whole Boiled Oysters
Item UPC 0 73230 00851 1 – Crown Prince Natural Smoked Oysters in Olive Oil
Item UPC 0 73230 00866 5 – Crown Prince Natural Smoked Oysters with Chili Pepper


This only affects oysters from South Korea. No other Crown Prince items or countries of origin are affected by this recall.

It is the understanding of Crown Prince that negotiations between the South Korean and U.S. governments have been escalated and additional information will be provided in the near future. The President of Crown Prince Seafood, Dustan Hoffman will be traveling to South Korea at the end of the week to further investigate this matter. Please quarantine the product and contact Crown Prince at 800-423-4676 or orderpw@crownprince.com for return instructions pending a final decision. Please continue to check the Crown Prince website for the most current updates.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Chicken of the Sea recalls canned oysters processed in Korea

Chicken of the Sea has voluntarily recalled six product codes of oysters processed in Korea, according to a letter from the company.


No illnesses have been reported from the oysters which the FDA says were process in Korean plants that had "unsanitary conditions."
The specific UPC's under voluntary recall include:
- Chicken of the Sea Whole Oysters 12/8 oz UPC 4800000267
- Chicken of the Sea Oyster Pieces 24/8 oz UPC 4800000069
- PacificPearl Whole Oysters 12/8 oz UPC 7175902112
- Ace of Diamonds Whole Oysters 24/8 oz UPC 7760015508
- Pacific Pearl Smoked Oyster Water 12/3.75 UPC 7175902119

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Food Manufacatures should be using ATP Testing

It is essential to determine the cleanliness of food processing equipment and manufacturing areas before they are used for food production. Luminometers help processors monitor surfaces that may contaminate food products and compromise product safety and quality.
Visual assessment is commonly used to evaluate surface cleanliness, but it is subjective and unreliable. It needs to be combined with other testing methods (including luminometers) to ensure food contact surfaces are clean. Luminometers provide rapid, real-time data to help processors assess and validate the hygienic status of food contact surfaces.  Surface cleanliness can be evaluated in seconds using a luminometer to measure residual amounts of the chemical marker adenosine triphosphate (ATP). ATP is a compound found in all types of plant, animal and microbial cells.     

The science behind the luminometer is based on the enzyme luciferase – the same enzyme that makes firefly tails glow at night. Residual ATP interacts with luciferase to generate light. This light is measured by the luminometer and is recorded in relative light units (RLU). The amount of light generated is directly proportional to the amount of ATP present – an indication of the total biological contamination level.

If you are a food manufacturer or a produce grower/packer and want more infomation on ATP testing, send us an e-mail.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

We now offer Hygiena ATP Testing Systems

American C.H.E.F. Consulting now offers Hygiena's complete line of ATP Testing systems.Hygiena is a microbiology and life science company with over 30 years of experience in developing rapid solutions for the food & beverage, healthcare and life science industries. With offices and manufacturing facilities in the USA, United Kingdom and over 80 distributors worldwide, Hygiena's products are used around the world by leading blue chip companies as well as many small and medium sized enterprises.
ATP monitoring is in widespread use within the United Kingdom and United States, where the devices are used to both monitor and audit ward hygiene, as detection tools for Infection Control and CSSD departments and as part of deep clean validate by nursing staff.
CONTACT US FOR INFORMATION ON THE HYGIENA ATP TESTING SYSTEMS. 

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Bagged Salads recalled...Possible Listeria

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - May 18, 2012 - River Ranch Fresh Foods, LLC of Salinas, CA is initiating a voluntary recall of retail and foodservice bagged salads, because they have the potential of being contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes following routine random retail salad finished product tests conducted in the marketplace by the Food & Drug Administration.

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 infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Retail salad products under this recall were distributed nationwide under various sizes and packaged under the brand names of River Ranch, Farm Stand, Hy-Vee, Marketside, Shurfresh, and The Farmer’s Market.

Foodservice salad products under this recall were distributed nationwide under various sizes and packaged under the brand names of River Ranch, Cross Valley, Fresh n Easy, Promark, and Sysco.

The recalled retail and foodservice salad bags have either “Best By” code dates between 12MAY2012 – 22MAY2012 or Julian dates between 116 – 125. The code date is typically located in the upper right hand corner of the bags.

See attached list for the specific salad products, size, package type, UPC codes and states of distribution.

No other products, brands or code dates aside from those listed below are affected by this recall.

There have been NO reported illnesses associated with this recall. We are working closely with the Food & Drug Administration and California Department of Public Health.

Consumers who have purchased this product should not consume it and are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions can contact River Ranch at their 24-hour customer service center at 1-800-762-7708.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Hotel Impossible...Is it really clean???


The Hygiena ATP test equipment seen on "Hotel Impossible" this week. Our firm is now a marketing partner offering all Hygiena products.  Great for hotels/motels, health care, restaurants, food processors.  You really have to watch the video from this week's Travel Channel. 

Check this out on the Travel Channel...http://bit.ly/Lamp9b

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Alfalfa Sprouts Recalled...Possible Listeria Contamination


CLEVELAND, Ohio (May 4, 2012) - Cleveland Beansprouts Co. of Cleveland, OH is recalling all alfalfa sprouts because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections to individuals 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.

All alfalfa sprouts produced by Cleveland Beansprouts are being recalled. There are no lot codes or any other identifier on the product. The alfalfa sprouts were only distributed in Ohio.

The contamination was discovered by the Ohio Department of Agriculture while collecting and testing samples under the United States Department of Agriculture’s Microbiological Data Program. No illnesses have been reported to date.

Consumers who have purchased alfalfa sprouts produced by Cleveland Beansprout should discard them. be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Facts on Fats


"The Facts on Fats w/Chef Johnny & Dr. G" on WLOH Radio.  

Hosted by local Chiropractic Physician, Dr. James Grilliot, Discover Wellness with Dr. G offers to educate listeners in various aspects of nutrition, health and wellness.  Click here to go to the WLOH Radio archived broadcasts.
 

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

"Healthy Habits" on WLOH Radio w/Dr. G

"Healthy Habits with Chef Johnny" on WLOH radio in Lancaster, OH with Dr. "G".   Recently I had the pleasure of recording several radio interviews with a dear friend, Dr. James Grilliot.  He is an advocate of Natural Wellness and has a clinic in Lancaster, OH, but, reaches nationwide with his message.  To listen to two of the radio interviews regarding "Healthy Habits", click on this link and scroll down to two of the radio shows aired on WLOH radio in Lancaster,OH.  For more information on health and wellness, visit Dr. G's web site or post your comments on this blog.  Here's to your health!  http://bit.ly/IL9WBJ

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Recall of Sub Sandwiches...Potential Listera Contamination

M.E. Thompson, Inc. Expands Recall of Sub Sandwiches Because of Possible Health Risk

M.E. Thompson, Inc. is expanding the recall of its Anytime Deli Turkey & Ham Footlong, to include Italian Footlong, and Classic Cuban, because the products 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. Healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.



The following products with expiration dates from January 19th through May 2nd and lot number from 00112 through 10412 are being recalled:

Turkey & Ham Footlong UPC 0543200194
Italian Footlong UPC 0543200196
Classic Cuban UPC 0543200156

The sub sandwiches were distributed on January 2nd through April 13th to convenience and grocery stores nationwide under the labels Anytime Deli, Sandwich Central and Dandee. All sandwiches are packaged in white butcher wrap. The Best Buy date and/or the Lot Number are located on the white press on circular label. The UPC Code is located on the bottom of the product beneath the Ingredient and Nutrition Facts label.

No confirmed illnesses have been reported to date.

The recall was the result of a routine sampling program by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services which revealed that the finished products contained Listeria monocytogenes. No other finished products, since the original sampling, have been shown to contain Listeria. The company is recalling the products as a precautionary measure.

Consumers who may have purchased a sandwich for later consumption are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-394-6258 Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 5 PM EST

Monday, April 16, 2012

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Tuna

Moon Marine USA Corporation voluntarily recalls frozen raw yellowfin tuna product "Nakaochi Scrape" associated with a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Bareilly infections.


Contact:
Consumer:
888-INFO-FDA

Media:
Curtis Allen
curtis.allen@fda.hhs.gov
301-796-0393
301-500-8888

Moon Marine USA Corporation (also known as MMI) of Cupertino, Calif. is voluntarily recalling 58,828 lbs of a frozen raw yellowfin tuna product, labeled as Nakaochi Scrape AA or AAA. Nakaochi Scrape is tuna backmeat, which is specifically scraped off from the bones, and looks like a ground product.

The product is not available for sale to individual consumers, but may have been used to make sushi, sashimi, ceviche and similar dishes available in restaurants and grocery stores.
The company name and Nakaochi Scrape AA or AAA were printed on boxes of the product when it was initially sold to distributors. However, the boxes may have been broken into smaller lots for further sale and may not be available to the end retailer or consumer. Therefore, the tuna may not be readily identifiable by retail outlets or by consumers as being from the implicated lots.
The Nakaochi Scrape AA and AAA from MMI was sold through distributors to restaurants and grocery stores that make sushi, and has been linked to an outbreak of Salmonella Bareilly, which has caused 116 illnesses in 20 states and the District of Columbia to date. Of the reported illnesses, there have been 12 hospitalizations, and no deaths.
Many of the people who became ill reported eating raw tuna in sushi as “spicy tuna.”
If you purchase “spicy tuna” or other sushi, sashimi, ceviche, or similar dishes that might contain Nakaochi Scrape from a restaurant or grocery store, check with the establishment to make sure that it does not contain raw recalled product from Moon Marine USA Corporation, also known as MMI. When in doubt, don’t eat it.
Consumers who think they might have become ill from eating possibly contaminated raw Nakaochi Scrape should consult their health care providers.

What is the Problem?
Moon Marine USA Corporation (also known as MMI) of Cupertino, Calif. is voluntarily recalling 58,828 lbs of a frozen raw yellowfin tuna product, labeled as Nakaochi Scrape AA or AAA. Nakaochi Scrape is tuna backmeat, which is specifically scraped off from the bones, and looks like a ground product.

The Nakaochi Scrape is associated with an outbreak of 116 cases of Salmonella Bareilly in multiple states: Alabama (2), Arkansas (1), Connecticut (5), District of Columbia (2), Florida (1), Georgia (5), Illinois (10), Louisiana (2), Maryland (11), Massachusetts (8), Mississippi (1), Missouri (2), New Jersey (7), New York (24), North Carolina (2), Pennsylvania (5), Rhode Island (5), South Carolina (3), Texas (3), Virginia (5), and Wisconsin (12).

The raw yellowfin tuna product may have passed through several distributors before reaching the restaurant and grocery market, and may not be marked with lot information. Distributors and end users should consult their suppliers to determine the origin of any Nakaochi Scrape AA or AAA in their possession.

What are the Symptoms of Illness/Injury?
Most persons infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts four to seven days, and most persons recover without treatment. However, in certain cases, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. In these patients, the Salmonella infection may spread from the intestines to the blood stream, and then to other body sites and can cause death unless these patients are treated promptly with antibiotics.

Who is at Risk?
Infants, older adults, pregnant women, and persons with impaired immune systems are more likely than others to develop severe illness and should not eat raw or partially cooked fish or shellfish. If you are unsure of your risk, ask your healthcare provider.

What Do Consumers Need To Do?
Because raw seafood is not fully cooked to assure that pathogens are destroyed, it is not considered as “safe” as cooked seafood. The handling of raw seafood can also affect the safety of the product. Because the tuna may have been broken into unmarked sublots and may not be readily identifiable, consumers should take precautions in choosing to eat raw Nakaochi Scrape and be sure that it is not from the implicated lots.

Consumers should take precautions when choosing to eat raw seafood and be sure that the Nakaochi Scrape is not from the implicated lots. When in doubt, don’t eat it.

Consumers who think they might have become ill from eating possibly contaminated raw Nakaochi Scrape should consult their health care providers. Many of the people who became ill reported eating raw tuna in sushi as “spicy tuna.”

To report problems, including adverse reactions, related to any food except meat and poultry, contact the FDA district office consumer complaint coordinator1 for your geographic area (http://www.fda.gov/Safety/ReportaProblem/ConsumerComplaintCoordinators/default.htm2).

Sunday, April 15, 2012

DOLE FRESH VOLUNTARY RECALL

Dole Fresh Vegetables Announces Precautionary Recall of Limited Number of Salads

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - April 14, 2012 - Dole Fresh Vegetables is voluntarily recalling 756 cases of DOLE® Seven Lettuces salad with Use-by Date of April 11, 2012, UPC code 71430 01057 and Product Codes 0577N089112A and 0577N089112B, due to a possible health risk from Salmonella. Dole Fresh Vegetables is coordinating closely with regulatory officials. No illnesses have been reported in association with the recall.

The Product Code and Use-by Date are in the upper right-hand corner of the package; the UPC code is on the back of the package, below the barcode. The salads were distributed in fifteen U.S. states (Alabama, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and Wisconsin).

No illnesses have been reported in association with the recall. This precautionary recall notification is being issued due to an isolated instance in which a sample of Seven Lettuces salad yielded a positive result for Salmonella in a random sample test collected and conducted by the State of New York.

No other Dole salads are included in the recall. Only the specific Product Codes, UPC codes and April 11, 2012 Use-by-Date of Seven Lettuces salads identified above are included in the recall. Consumers who have any remaining product with these Product Codes should not consume it, but rather discard it. Retailers and consumers with questions may call the Dole Food Company Consumer Response Center at (800) 356-3111, which is open 8:00 am to 3:00 pm (PDT) Monday - Friday.

Retailers should check their inventories and store shelves to confirm that none of the product is mistakenly present or available for purchase by consumers or in warehouse inventories. Dole Fresh Vegetables customer service representatives are already contacting retailers and are in the process of confirming that the recalled product is not in the stream of commerce.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Here's to your health...TURMERIC.

There are many benefits that certain spices provide. One that is recognized for its antioxidant properties is turmeric. For years, Chef's have used this spice to add color and flavor to foods. It is used often in rice dishes in place of saffron because of saffron's cost. Here is some more information on the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric.

Turmeric- This spice contains curcumin, which has notable antioxidant properties. It also has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and stomach soothing benefits. It reduces inflammation by stimulating the adrenal glands to increase the hormone that lessens inflammation. Animal studies on this herb have revealed that turmeric protects the liver from the adverse effects of alcohol and certain toxins. Turmeric also helps in digestive problems by stimulating bile flow.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Beef Products Recalled...Possible E.Coli

Maine Firm Recalls Ground and Tenderized Beef Products Due to Possible E. Coli O157:H7 Contamination

Recall Release CLASS I RECALL
FSIS-RC-024-2012 HEALTH RISK: HIGH


Congressional and Public Affairs
(202) 720-9113
Bill Bagley

WASHINGTON, April 11, 2012 - Town and Country Foods Inc., a Greene, Maine establishment, is recalling approximately 2,057 pounds of ground and tenderized 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 products are subject to recall:

5- and 10- lb. boxes of 2-, 2.6-, 3-, and 4- oz. “Town & Country Foods XL Hamburg Patties”
5- and 10- lb. boxes of 2-, 2.6-, 3-, and 4- oz. “Town & Country Foods Hamburg Patties”
10- lb. box containing variously weighted bags of “Town & Country Beef for Stewing”
6-, 8-, and 10- oz. “Town & Country Beef Sirloin Filets”
5- and 10- lb. boxes containing variously weighted bags of “Town and Country Hamburg”
5- and 10- lb. boxes containing variously weighted bags of “Town and Country XL Hamburg”


Each case bears a label with the establishment number “EST. 9710” inside the USDA mark of inspection. Additionally, the products contain the following packaging codes: 10952, 10962, 10972, 11002, and 11012. The products subject to recall were produced between April 4, 2012 and April 10, 2012 and were shipped to wholesale and retail establishments in Maine.

Friday, April 6, 2012

100 Cases of Salmonella from Sushi

One hundred cases of Salmonella Bareilly poisoning have been reported from 19 states and the District of Columbia while investigators still have "not conclusively identified a food source," the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday.

The CDC's earlier report, as well as an internal email circulated at the Food and Drug Administration, implicated sushi, sashimi or a raw dish such as ceviche as possible sources of the outbreak. The FDA email said spicy tuna roll sushi is highly suspect.

The seven additional cases were reported by Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Wisconsin.

Altogether, New York has reported 23 outbreak cases; Maryland 10; Illinois and Wisconsin 9 each; New Jersey 7; Connecticut and Virginia 5 each; Georgia, Massachusetts and Rhode Island 4 each; Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Texas 3 each; Alabama, Washington D.C., Louisiana and North Carolina 2 each; Arkansas, Mississippi, and Missouri 1 each. Why I don't eat sushi. Love fish...just cook in baby!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Bakery Recalls Vanilla Cream Puffs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - March 31, 2012 – HUDSONVILLE, MI, Creme Curls Bakery, Inc. initiated an immediate nationwide recall of 19.4 ounce cartons of Simply Enjoy Vanilla cream puffs distributed by Foodhold U.S.A.,LLC and 13.2 ounce cartons of Vanilla Cream Puffs distributed by Crème Curls Bakery, because the product contains sodium caseinate which is listed on the label, but does not identify the source of sodium caseinate as milk. People who have milk allergies that do not recognize sodium caseinate as a milk derivative run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reactions if they consume the product.

The affected products were distributed nationwide through retail grocery stores.

The affected product, packaged in glossy paperboard cartons, can be identified by the photographs below. The Vanilla Cream Puffs are sold in the freezer section of grocery stores and are packaged in one of the following cartons:

Simply Enjoy Vanilla Cream Puffs, UPC Code #6-88267-12409-9, located on large back panel
Creme Curls Bakery, UPC Code #0-70109-60055-5 , located on large back panel
The recall was initiated due to a report of an allergic reaction after a person with a milk allergy consumed the product. This recall applies to all sell by dates and all lot codes. No other Crème Curls products are affected by this recall.

“We are working closely with the Food and Drug Administration and are taking every step possible to ensure that any product that has not yet been consumed is removed from store shelves as quickly as possible,” said Paul Bierling, Executive Vice President.

Consumers in possession of affected product who have a milk allergy are encouraged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. This product is safe for consumption by individuals who do not suffer from a milk allergy.

Consumers with questions may contact the company through the Consumer Hot Line 1-800-466-1219, Monday – Friday, 9am-5pm EDT.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Recall...Foreign Materials in Sausage


Texas Firm Recalls Chicken Sausage Products Nationwide That May Contain Foreign Materials


WASHINGTON, Mar 31, 2012 - Eddy Packing Co., Inc., a Yoakum, Texas, establishment is recalling approximately 26,136 pounds of chicken apple sausage 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:

1-lb. vacuum-sealed, 3 to a pack of “ARTISAN FRESH, ALL NATURAL chicken & apple sausage” bearing the USDA mark of inspection and have a sell-by date of June 23, 2012.
36-lb. cases containing 12/3-lb. packages of “ARTISAN FRESH, ALL NATURAL CHICKEN APPLE SAUSAGE” bearing the establishment number “P-4800” inside the USDA mark of inspection and bearing codes 42450 or P13203 on the label.
The problem was discovered as a result of consumer complaints about finding pieces of plastic in the product. FSIS and the company have received no reports of injury or illness at this time. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness from consumption of these products should contact a healthcare provider.

The products subject to recall were produced Feb. 9, 2012, and were distributed nationally through a warehouse chain on Feb. 14, 2012.

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

Consumers and news reporters with questions about the recall should contact Lindsey Morkovsky, the company’s Vice President of Operations, at (361) 293-2361.