Pinnacle Foods Recalls Aunt Jemima Products


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Due to the presence of Listeria monocytogenes being detected in its products after testing, a New Jersey food company called Pinnacle Foods’ is voluntarily issuing a recall of Aunt Jemima frozen pancakes, waffles and French toast.


The company issued the recall on May 8, and the recall affects frozen products distributed in the U.S. as well as Mexico.

Luckily, if you bought the company’s dry mixes and syrups, you’re all good to go, and those products were not included in the recall.

“We are working in coordination with the Food and Drug Administration,” Pinnacle Foods said, according to CNN, about the recall.

No incidents of illnesses have been reported as of May 8, but if you have any of the Aunt Jemima products at home, you should either throw away the product or return it to the place you purchased it to receive a refund.

Listeria, for those who do not know, can cause serious illnesses in children, people with weakened immune systems, and the elderly — so serious, in fact, that they can actually at times be fatal.

Additionally, it can cause miscarriages and stillbirths.

Don’t take a chance, stay safe and don’t consume the potentially contaminated food!

Source: CNN / Photo Credit: Pixabay

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Sargento Cheese Issues Massive Recall


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If you’re a fan of Sargento cheese — and if you have a pack or two sitting in your refrigerator at home — you probably don’t want to open it, because the cheese-making company is one of several that just issued a massive recall due to Listeria monocytogenes.

Here’s the timeline, for those curious:

Amish Classic’s Colby Jack cheese tested positive for Listeria in a Tennessee lab so, of course, the producer of the cheese (which is Deutsch Kase Haus, LLC) then instructed anybody who carried cheese made in the Listeria-positive facility to recall their products immediately.

Sargento’s Longhorn Colby and Nacho & Taco cheese were produced by Deutsch Kase Haus, and therefore both products have been recalled. Additionally, Sargento recalled cheeses that were packaged on the same line as the two red-flagged cheeses just to ensure safety.

That means Sargento’s Colby Jack, Pepper Jack, Cheddar Jack and Taco cheeses have also been recalled.

Fortunately, nobody has yet reported an illness related to the cheeses. Listeria is a nasty infection and can cause a wide range of terrible side-effects, including fevers, joint stiffness to nausea, miscarriages in pregnant women, and sometimes even death in particularly vulnerable people (those with weakened immune systems due to meningitis, for example).

Source: Sargento / Photo Credit: Food N Info/Instagram

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Beware: Trader Joe’s Just Recalled Two Hummus Products (Photos)


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Following the great Sabra hummus recall, Trader Joe’s has now issued a statement that two kinds of its hummus spreads have been voluntarily recalled due to the potential of being contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

It seems like products with potential listeria infections have been popping up left and right lately, but in case you don’t know what listeria is, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration defines it as “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 headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.”

Trader Joe’s Mediterranean Hummus and Trader Joe’s White Bean & Basil Hummus are the two products subject to the recall, with “USE BY” date codes up through and including Dec. 15, 2016.

As of Dec. 1, 2016, there have been no confirmed illnesses from the products, so hopefully everybody is in the clear, even though the company manufacturer noted the contamination on some of the same equipment that was used to make the hummus. 

“All potentially affected products have been removed from store shelves and destroyed,” the statement from Trader Joe’s and the FDA assures.

If you have one of these hummus varieties, make sure to discard the product immediately, or return it to the Trader Joe’s where you purchased it for a full refund.

Additionally, for those who have questions, Trader Joe’s and the FDA encourages consumers to contact Bakkavor Foods at (855) 312-7504, Monday through Friday 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. PST.

Sources: FDA / Photo Credit: FDA

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Sabra Just Issued A Massive Recall On Hummus!


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Another day, another food recall issued due to a listeria scare.

Sabra dipping company issued a statement on Nov. 19 for a voluntary recall of certain hummus products made prior to Nov. 8, 2016. You might recognize the name Sabra because it’s a pretty dang popular brand — unfortunately, 57 different varieties of hummus have been recalled.

The FDA notes that the recall is due to “Listeria monocytogenes, which was identified at the manufacturing facility but not in tested finished product.”

In case you were wondering, “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. Healthy individuals 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 among pregnant women. The company is issuing this recall out of an abundance of caution.”

So, yeah. Even if listeria wasn’t found in the tested finished products, it’s probably better for us all to play it safe rather than sorry.

If you have a Sabra product with a “Best Before” date spanning through Jan. 23, 2017, then you are urged to discard it. Additionally, from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm eastern time, consumers can contact Sabra Consumer Relations at 1-866-265-6761 for additional information.

“We have invested heavily in technology and enhancing our processes and protocols, with guidance and input from external experts, to develop and put in place industry-leading food safety procedures, such as testing finished product from the production line every two minutes for pathogens including listeria,” Sabra said in a statement. “We want to reassure our consumers that our procedures include extensive finished product testing, and no products tested positive for contaminants. We are taking action because consumer safety is a top priority.

“Everyone here is working our hardest to minimize the impact, so we can get back to doing what we love most — bringing the Sabra community delicious fresh foods. The people at Sabra remain committed to producing and delivering great tasting and wholesome hummus made with kitchen fresh ingredients that consumers can enjoy with peace of mind.”

Sources: FDA, Sabra / Photo Credit: Sabra/Instagram

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Listeria Outbreak Prompts Massive Frozen Food Recall


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CRF Frozen Foods is expanding its voluntary recall to include all frozen fruit and vegetable products produced in its Pasco, WA, facility since May 2014 due to possible Listeria contamination. 

As of April 25, all operations at the facility have been suspended, so a thorough review could be conducted.

The voluntary recall is being performed as a precaution in cooperation with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and includes approximately 358 different products sold under 42 separate brands, according to a CRF Frozen Foods press release. Frozen kale, carrots, potatoes, blueberries, strawberries, broccoli, peas and onions are among the long list of possibly affected products.

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,” reads the CRF announcement, as posted on the FDA website.

“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.”

According to the CDC, the government has already identified seven people from three states who have fallen ill and were later hospitalized due to Listeria. Reportedly, some of these illnesses were linked to the consumption of CRF-manufactured or processed products.

The CDC also reportedly informed CRF Frozen Foods that of these seven affected individuals, two later died. However, Listeria was not the cause of death in either of the two people.

All potentially affected products have the “best by” dates or “sell by” dates between April 26, 2016 and April 26, 2018. All retailers who received the products have been contacted, and are complying accordingly with the recall.

As a precaution, consumers of the potentially contaminated products have been advised to return the purchased items to the store for a refund, or discard them. CRF has additionally invited consumers to call its hotline at 844-483-3866 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST weekdays for any questions or concerns.

Visit the FDA website here for the complete list of brand names, food items, and retailers subject to the recall.

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Sources: CRF Frozen FoodsFDA / Image credit: Organic by Nature/FacebookCRF Frozen Foods

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