Fresh Fruit Listeria Recall at Walmart, Aldi, and Costco

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Thousands of cartons of peaches, nectarines, and plums have been recalled in stores across the country – including Walmart, Costco, and Aldi – due to a possible listeria contamination. The FDA reports that the recall was a result of a routine sampling that showed fruit produced by Jac. Vanderberg, Inc. or Yonkers, New York contained the bacteria. The company is recalling 1,727 cartons of fresh peaches, 1,207 cartons of fresh nectarines, and 365 cartons of fresh plums. The fruit was sold at six different grocery stores: Aldi, Costco, Fairway Market, Hannaford, Market Basket, and Walmart across eighteen states.

The fruit was distributed in Alabama, California, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia and Virginia. No illnesses have been reported to date. For more information, a complete list of products can be found on the Food and Drug Administration website.

While the listeria bacteria usually only causes fever, headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea, it can be very dangerous for children, the elderly, or those with weakened immune systems. It is also particularly dangerous for pregnant women, who are 10 times more likely to become infected. It can cause stillbirths or miscarriages and can also be passed on to the developing fetus. Again, no illnesses have been confirmed to date. If you are concerned, please return these items to the place of purchase or contact the company directly. Recalls are concerning, but there are ways to keep you and your family safe. For more info, read What To Do After A Food Recall.

This article originally appeared on 12Tomatoes, written by Kristy Norrell.

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Butterball Turkey Recall

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Butterball, LLC has just recalled over 78,000 pounds of raw ground turkey due to a potential salmonella contamination. 39 tons of affected product were shipped to distributors nationwide, making this a class I recall with a high health risk; with five reported cases across two states, this is now considered a multistate outbreak. This product was packed and shipped last summer, with an establishment number of “EST. P-7345” and a use-or-sell-by date of July 26, 2018, meaning it’s highly unlikely to be found in stores, but could still be in people’s freezers.

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Affected product include the following:

  • 48-oz. plastic wrapped tray containing “BUTTERBALL everyday Fresh Ground Turkey WITH NATURAL FLAVORING (85% LEAN/15% FAT)” with sell or freeze by date of 7/26/18, lot code 8188, and UPC codes 22655-71555 or 22655-71557 represented on the label.
  • 48-oz. plastic wrapped tray containing “BUTTERBALL everyday Fresh Ground Turkey WITH NATURAL FLAVORING (93% LEAN/7% FAT)” with sell or freeze by date of 7/26/18, lot code 8188 and UPC code 22655-71556 represented on the label.
  • 16-oz. plastic wrapped tray containing “BUTTERBALL everyday Fresh Ground Turkey WITH NATURAL FLAVORING (85% LEAN/15% FAT)” with sell or freeze by date of 7/26/18, lot code 8188 and UPC code 22655-71546 represented on the label.
  • 16-oz. plastic wrapped tray containing “BUTTERBALL everyday Fresh Ground Turkey WITH NATURAL FLAVORING (93% LEAN/7% FAT)” with sell or freeze by date of 7/26/18, lot code 8188 and UPC codes 22655-71547 or 22655-71561 represented on the label.
  • 48-oz. plastic wrapped tray containing “Kroger GROUND TURKEY FRESH 85% LEAN – 15% FAT” with sell or freeze by date of 7/26/18, lot code 8188, and UPC code 111141097993 represented on the label.
  • 48-oz. plastic wrapped tray containing “FOOD LION 15% fat ground turkey with natural flavorings” with sell or freeze by date of 7/26/18, lot code 8188 and UPC code 3582609294 represented on the label.

Symptoms of a Salmonella infection can include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach pain, occurring anywhere from 12-72 hours after consumption. Though healthy individuals often recover after 4–7 days, the risk of a potentially lethal infection increases for the young, elderly and those with weakened immune systems. Consumers are urged to discard affected product; any other questions can be directed to AskKaren.gov or 1 (800) 288-8372.

This article originally appeared on 12 Tomatoes, written by Decatur Macpherson

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Did You Buy Whole Foods Chicken Salad? It Got Recalled (Photo)

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If you have a container of Whole Foods’ buffalo chicken salad at home, you may want to throw it out.

The famous grocery chain is pretty well known for offering a reliably high standard of quality in exchange for the often high price tag, but it seems that even for them, mistakes happen — and I’m not talking about selling skinned fruit or halved avocados this time.

As it turns out, Massachusetts-based Willow Tree Poultry Farm issued a massive recall for their 12.5-ounce individual plastic containers labeled as “buffalo style chicken salad,” the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service announced on their website on July 1.

It is labeled as a Class I Recall with a high health risk. The USDA describes this recall classification as having “a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.”

The news release notes that the recall affects approximately 440 pounds of tuna salad misbranded as chicken. It does not label the tuna — an allergen to some — on the package.

The affected products have the establishment number “P-8827” inside the USDA mark of inspection and were distributed to Whole Foods stores in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York.

“There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products,” notes the FSIS release. “Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.”

Still, the release urges those who bought the “chicken salad” to either throw the item away or return it to the store — just don’t eat it.

A Willow Tree spokesperson told Fox News that the chicken packages had accidentally been filled with cranberry-apple tuna salad and that the company provides some “private label” products to select Whole Foods stores and that only those items at approximately 35 stores were affected.

Fox News notes that Willow Tree also recalled more than 200 pounds of Whole Foods “chicken salad” in January after it was discovered to contain egg salad instead.

Sources: USDA FSIS, Fox News / Photo Credit: Osbornb/Flickr, USDA FSIS

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Check Your Kitchen For This Chef Boyardee Recall!

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In other news of concerning recalls, Conagra Brands has just issued a massive recall of Chef Boyardee as well as some of its other pasta products. Oh boy (ardee). 

The company is now recalling about 717,338 pounds of spaghetti and meatballs products, which includes Chef Boyardee Mini Pasta Shells & Meatballs, because they contain milk, though the allergen is not listed on the product label, the USDA announced on June 9. 

That’s definitely more spaghetti and meatballs than the Lady and the Tramp could ever eat on their date night. 

That’s also bad news for anyone with dairy allergies who may have bought any of these recalled products assuming that they don’t contain milk.

“Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase,” states the USDA’s posting.

This is a Class I Recall, meaning that the health risk is high, per the USDA recall classifications. 

According to the USDA’s website, the issue was discovered on June 6, when Conagra Brands was notified by an ingredient supplier that the breadcrumbs used in these products potentially contained undeclared milk. Yikes! 

The recalled products were produced on Jan. 5 and Jan. 12, 2017. They were shipped nationwide, and have “EST. 794M” inside the USDA mark of inspection, so you can check whether what you bought was recalled.

“There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products,” reads the posting from the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. 

“The safety of our food is a top priority and we apologize for any inconvenience,” Conagra said in a statement, according to CNN. 

Check your cabinets now! 

Source: USDA, CNN / Photo credit: Mike Mozart/Flickr

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Trader Joe’s Fans! This Ice Cream Has Been Recalled

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It’s not hard to love Trader Joe’s (or TJ’s, as it is sometimes affectionately called). 

They offer a selection of healthy and surprisingly affordable foods in a vaguely Hawaiian-themed setting. Plus, their snack selection is really top-notch. 

However, it’s important to note that Trader Joe’s, like most things in life, is not perfect. 

On June 10, Trader Joe’s issued a voluntary recall of all its Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream, due to the “potential foreign matter” it may contain. 

When I first read “potential foreign matter” in the recall posting, visions of kryptonite and various otherworldly elements crossed my mind. 

But really, the foreign matter referred to is just metal. 

Not that it’s normal to have metal in your food (except for gold on your pizza, of course). But remember, the presence of metal is potential. 

No injuries or illnesses have been reported to date, according to the Trader Joe’s website. 

Still, better to be safe than sorry. 

“All potentially affected product has been removed from store shelves and destroyed,” reads the website. 

It pains me a little to think of all that delicious matcha-flavored ice cream going to waste, especially since it’s my favorite flavor.

If you bought this ice cream, Trader Joe’s urges you not to eat it. For matcha lovers, I imagine this will be hard. If you haven’t yet thrown it away, you can return it to Trader Joe’s for a full refund. Trading green for green.

This isn’t the first recall Trader Joe’s has issued in 2017. In May, Trader Joe’s recalled yet another delicious ice cream treat, its Chocolate Chocolate mochi ice cream. Tragic. It was recalled because the product “may contain peanuts, which are not listed in the ingredients,” according to the recall statement.

So yeah, very dangerous for anyone with serious peanut allergies.

In March, TJ’s recalled its frozen breakfast burritos due to the potential presence of plastic. In February, its applesauce was recalled due to the potential presence of glass pieces.

These recalls really make you wonder exactly how these products are made. Companies today have to be extremely cautious about the safety of food products they put out.

If anyone gets ill or injured from their products, it could be a disaster, especially with the prevalence of lawsuits being brought against food manufacturers these days. 

Source: Trader Joe's / Photo credit: Mahanga/Wikimedia Commons

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Trader Joe’s Recalls Its Chocolate Mochi Ice Cream (Photo)

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If you love Trader Joe’s mochi, but can’t eat peanuts for whatever reason, then you definitely want to steer clear of its Mikawaya chocolate mochi ice cream. It has just been recalled due to a limited number of its products entering stores that inadvertently contained peanuts, even though they weren’t printed on the product’s label.

According to the FDA, a customer reported that one of their Chocolate Chocolate Mochi Ice Creams had peanut butter in it, thereby prompting the Mikawaya recall.

People who have an allergy to peanuts run the risk of having serious allergic reactions to products that contain peanuts, so it’s super important not to jeopardize your health if you are one of those people and have bought this product.

Luckily, no allergic reactions or illnesses have been reported due to consumption of the product, and hopefully it will stay that way. Trader Joe’s reports that it has removed and destroyed all of the affected Mikawaya Chocolate Chocolate Mochi Ice Cream from its shelves.

If you bought the product, do not consume it. Rather, throw it out just in case, or even return it to a Trader Joe’s store for a full refund.

It’s better to be safe than sorry, folks!

If you have any questions at all, Trader Joe’s invites all concerned customers to call Trader Joe’s Customer Relations at (626) 599-3817, which is open to receiving calls Monday through Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Pacific Time.

Source: Trader Joe's / Photo Credit: Trader Joe's, Mike Mozart/Flickr

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Ben & Jerry’s Issues Recall On Mislabeled Ice Cream

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Whoopsie daisies!

If you are a fan of Ben & Jerry’s and recently bought a package of the Chocolate Fudge Brownie Pint Slices, you might want to think twice before indulging in them especially if you have food allergies. The company is voluntarily recalling a limited number of boxes of the treats due to potential presence of undeclared allergens on the outer product packaging.

Basically, Ben & Jerry’s makes four different Pint Slice flavors, all of which are ice cream bars covered in rich, chocolate coating.

Sounds delicious, right?

Well, they are! Unfortunately, however, some of the Chocolate Fudge Brownie Pint Slices were accidentally swapped out for Vanilla Peanut Butter Cup Pint Slices. Because there are some people who have allergies to peanuts, or at least severe sensitivities to them, the product is being recalled to make sure nobody mistakenly eats an ice cream slice and then runs the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction.

Ben & Jerry’s is hard at work with the FDA on the product’s recall.

What we know for now is that the pint slices were manufactured in the U.S. and distributed at retail stores nationwide, with the UPC code of 076840657940, best by date AUG1218LT2 and lot number AUG1218LT2.

Luckily, nobody has called in to report any illnesses — severe or mild — from mistakenly consuming the wrong product.

Ben & Jerry’s is just trying to have its customers backs, and is recalling the product “out of an abundance of caution,” the company said.

Be safe, everyone!

Source: Ben & Jerry's / Photo Credit: Pixabay

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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.

Bummer.

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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Bombay Sapphire Gin Recalled For Too Much Alcohol

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Be careful if you’ve been drinking Bombay Sapphire Gin! It’s apparently being recalled in provinces throughout Canada due to having twice the amount of alcohol it’s supposed to have!

I guess you could see that as either a good or bad thing, but it’s definitely something you should know up front. Time reports that the Liquor Control Board of Ontario was the first to act when it discovered that some bottles of Bombay Sapphire London Dry Gin contained an alcohol content of 77 percent. Yikes! The bottle only lists that the gin holds 40 percent alcohol, so if you have a bottle of this stuff lying around your place, keep this important news in mind.

CBC News reports that at most, 1,000 cases worth of 1.14-liter Bombay Sapphire bottles were impacted by this mistake. Those bottles were bound for the Canadian market, and were reportedly only sold in Ontario, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, Manitoba, Alberta, Quebec and Saskatchewan. I’m not sure if only was the correct word to use there (that’s a lot of places), unless you were trying to get your hands on a bottle.

This has apparently been the second time in recent weeks that something like this has happened. Georgian Bay Vodka had a similar recall in March because several hundred bottles had not been properly diluted. That’s scary stuff!

If you’re worried you may have one of the affected Bombay Sapphire bottles, look for a product code on the bottom of your 1.14-liter bottle that reads: L16304. All of the affected bottles have been pulled from shelves, but that doesn’t mean you couldn’t have already bought one.

Bacardi does not recommend that you consume the product if you find that you have one of the affected bottles. They are urging you to return it to the place of purchase and get a new bottle instead. It’s just dangerous, otherwise!

The recall was expanded from only eight provinces, to being carried out countrywide, so you know they’re taking it pretty seriously. Luckily, there hasn’t yet been any illness reported from consumption of these products.

Sources: Time, CBC News / Photo Credit: Mattes/Wikimedia Commons

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Banquet Chicken Nugget Meal Recalled Over Salmonella

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If you don’t want to risk contracting salmonella, then make sure to toss out this product if you have it in your freezer right now!

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced that Conagra Brands, Inc. has recalled a brownie mix dessert, which is included in frozen breaded chicken nugget meal trays, due to possible salmonella contamination.

Yuck!

The recall goes for a staggering 110,817 pounds of the 7.4-ounce vacuum-packed trays that contain “Banquet Chicken Nuggets with Mac & Cheese” with Code 3100080921 and a “best if used by” date of July 20, 2018. The FSIS establishment number “P-9” is printed on the side of the box.

The frozen meals were shipped to stores across the nation, and while no reports of illnesses have yet been linked with the recalled products, according to FSIS, that doesn’t mean anybody who owns one of these products should risk it. Either toss out the recalled product, or return it to the place you purchased it for a full refund, to be on the safe side.

For more information, consumers can call Conagra Brands Consumer Affairs at 1-800-289-6014.

Source: Web MD / Photo Credit: Pixabay

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42,147 Pounds Of Ready-To-Eat Chicken Products Recalled

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Another day, another recall, folks. It seems like it’s happening a whole lot lately!

If you are somebody who often buys ready-to-eat meat products, you putt a lot of trust in the company you are buying from that their products are absolutely safe to eat.

Unfortunately, however, WFSP Foods, LLC was forced to recall 42,147 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken breast products due to the meat being undercooked.

That is seriously dangerous!

The products potentially contain bacterial pathogens as a result of the undercooking, according to the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, per Fox News.

If you have any ready-to-eat grilled chicken breast items that were produced on March 29, 2017, and/or April 7, 2017, chilling in your freezer or fridge, the following products are included in the recall: 

  1. 9-pound foodservice cases containing 8 poly film packages of “CHEF’S LINE ALL NATURAL FIRE GRILLED CHICKEN BREAST” with product code 22586, produced on 04/07/17, and Best by date 06/14/17.
  2. 9-pound foodservice cases containing 8 poly film packages of “saladworks FULLY COOKED FLAME GRILLED CHICKEN BREAST FILLETS” with product code 22500, produced on 03/29/17 and Use by date 06/05/17.  

The case is rated as a Class I recall, which means that the risk these products pose to consumers health is high; if you ingest the product, there is a reasonable probability that you might be inflicted with serious adverse health consequences. The worst-case scenario, of course, is that eating an undercooked meat product with bacterial pathogens could result in death.

While nobody has confirmed reports of any illnesses or adverse reactions after eating the products, the USDA did say, per Fox News, that the firm received multiple customer complaints abut the chicken appearing not to be cooked all the way through, resulting in the recall.

If you have these products on hand, please toss them out or return them to the place of purchase for a refund. It’s not worth risking your health!

Source: Fox News / Photo Credit: Pixabay

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Campbell’s Issues A Massive Chicken Soup Recall

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Everybody makes mistakes … everybody has those days!

Due to a pretty silly branding mistake, Campbell’s Soup Company has issued a voluntary massive recall of about 4,185 pounds of chicken soup products.

Unfortunately, on April 20 the firm received notification from their corporate office that multiple consumers had called to complain that the soups they purchased labeled as “Campbell’s Homestyle Healthy Request Chicken with Whole Grain Pasta” were actually “Campbell’s Homestyle Healthy Request Italian-Style Wedding Spinach & Meatballs in Chicken Broth” in the wrong packaging.

Whoops!

Because of the misbranding and undeclared allergens (the Wedding Spinach & Meatball soup contains milk, while the Chicken with Whole Grain Pasta soup does not) the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced on April 22 that the chicken with whole grain pasta soups, which were produced on February 13, 2017, were being recalled.

Luckily, nobody has called to report an illness or adverse reaction to consuming the wrong kind of soup. Nevertheless, Campbell’s would like to remind consumers that if they feel unwell after consuming the wrong soup, they should contact a healthcare provider ASAP.

Additionally, Campbell’s urges those who purchased the mislabeled product not to consume it, and instead throw the product out or return it to the place of purchase for a refund.

Source: FSIS / Photo Credit: Pixabay

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Hash Brown Recall Due To Extraneous Golf Ball Materials

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OK, so this is one of the most bizarre recall notices I’ve ever read.

Every so often, a company or food manufacturer will have to issue a recall of one or more of its items. Typically, something at the factory in which the product is manufactured is suspected to possibly be contaminated with some sort of dangerous virus, and to play it safe, companies recall the product to ensure the safety of its customers.

And sometimes, apparently, products are recalled because they are suspected to contain not viruses, but little chopped-up pieces of golf balls inside of them.

Yup. Golf balls.

In a statement posted by the FDA, McCain Foods USA, Inc. announced a voluntary recall of its two-pound frozen bags of Roundy’s Brand and Harris Teeter Brand Southern Style Hash Browns, saying that they might contain pieces of golf balls.

Seriously!

“McCain Foods USA, Inc. announced today it is voluntarily recalling retail, frozen hash brown products that may be contaminated with extraneous golf ball materials, that despite our stringent supply standards may have been inadvertently harvested with potatoes used to make this product,” the company said. “Consumption of these products may pose a choking hazard or other physical injury to the mouth.”

The products that are being recalled are two have a manufactured date of January 19, 2017, with a production code date of B170119, which you can find on the back of your hash brown packaging.

Obviously, McCain Foods is urging consumers not to ingest any of the potentially contaminated items, and requests that you either dispose of your hash browns or return them to the place of purchase for a refund.

As of April 24, nobody has phoned in to report an injury associated with consuming the hash browns, so I guess there’s always a silver living to these types of whacky situations.

Source: FDA / Photo Credit: FDA

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Trader Joe’s Just Recalled Three Apple Sauces

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If you recently bought unsweetened apple sauce from Trader Joe’s, listen up: The store is voluntarily recalling three types of its unsweetened apple sauce because the jars could potentially contain pieces of glass in the product.

If you bought any of the following products, then they are affected by the recall:

  • Trader Joe’s First Crush Unsweetened Gavenstein Apple Sauce that have a “best before” date through Aug. 8, 2018
  • Trader Joe’s Organic Unsweetened Apple Sauce with a “best before” date through Oct. 6, 2018, or
  • Trader Joe’s All Natural Unsweetened Apple Sauce with a “best before” date through Dec. 16, 2018, in certain stores only

Trader Joe’s is asking all who bought any of the products to please not open or consume the potentially affected products, and instead either discard them or return them to any Trader Joe’s for a full refund.

Still have questions? Feel free to call Trader Joe’s Customer Relations at (626) 599-3817, Monday through Friday, 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Pacific Time.

You can also send Trader Joe’s an email at this link.

Source: Trader Joe's / Photo Credit: Trader Joe's

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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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Almost 2 Million Pounds Of Chicken Have Been Recalled

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced on Dec. 4 that almost 2 million pounds of ready-to-eat chicken are subject to a new recall due to their potential of being undercooked. The recall affects products sold by the Oklahoma-based National Steak and Poultry business, which are often sent nationwide to restaurants and various food service locations.

Yikes, ya’ll.

The recall includes ready-to-eat chicken products that were produced between Aug. 20 through Nov. 30, 2016, and that were shipped across the country to food service locations, or else sold directly to consumers like you and me at National Steak and Poultry’s annual dock sale.

As it happens, the first recall was actually issued on Nov. 23, for an already staggering 17,439 pounds of product. But when a food service customer complained to the establishment that product appeared to be undercooked on Nov. 28, the recall grew to include a whopping 1,993,528 pounds.

Here are the details of the recalled products, courtesy of the USDA.

  • On Nov. 23, 2016 — National Steak and Poultry recalled approximately 17,439 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken products produced Oct. 4, 2016. The products were packaged on Oct. 4 and Oct. 5, 2016. The following products are subject to recall:
  • 5 lb. bags packed 2 bags per case; product labeled “Distributed by National Steak and Poultry, Owasso, OK Fully Cooked, Diced, Grilled Boneless Chicken Breast Meat with Rib Meat” with Lot code 100416, and Case Code: 70020.
  • 5 lb. bags packed 2 bags per case; product labeled “Hormel Natural Choice 100% Natural No Preservatives Fully Cooked Roasted Chicken Breast Strips with Rib Meat Natural Smoke Flavor Added” with Lot code 100416, and Case code 702113.
  • The cases containing the products subject to recall bear establishment number “P-6010T” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to food service locations nationwide and should not be in consumers’ possession. No other Hormel product is impacted. The original problem was discovered on Nov. 14, 2016, when a food service customer complained to the establishment that product appeared to be undercooked. 

As of now, no confirmed reports of illnesses or adverse health effects have been reported due to consumption of any recalled products, but consumers who have purchased these items should nevertheless not consume them; they should throw out the products or return them for a full refund at the site of purchase.

Sources: U.S. Department of Agriculture / Photo Credit: Saschas Silkies/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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959 Pounds Of Lunchables Recalled

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I wouldn’t touch the things now, but when I was a kid the highlight of my school day lunches was getting to see which Lunchable my parents had packed for me to eat that day.

Unfortunately, 959 pounds of Lunchables Ham and American Cracker Stackers are being recalled due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

The recalled ready-to-eat meat and cheese packaged lunch items have a USE BY date of 25 DEC 2016; the product also contains two known but undeclared allergens: wheat and soy.

Happily enough, even though the problem was discovered on Oct. 6, when a consumer issued a complaint with the firm, no illnesses were associated with the complaint.

The issue was that the recalled Lunchables were incorrectly labeled as Nacho Lunchables, thereby rendering all of the nutrition facts and warning statements on the packages false.

Here is a comparison of the two different products’ nutrition labels:

If you have purchased these Lunchables, the FSIS asks that instead of consuming them, you either throw them away or return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.

If you have any further questions, they ask that you call the manufacturer for Lunchables, Heinz, at 1-800-573-3877.

Source: FSIS / Photo credit: FSIS

Tags: food allergy, fsis, heinz, lunchables, recall
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Check Your Ice Cream! Blue Bell Just Issued A Listeria Recall

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Poor Blue Bell. Once again, the company must issue a recall based on potential contamination of Listeria monocytogenes.

It was about a year ago now that the company had problems with an outbreak involving the same contaminant. Now, according to a press release, they are issuing a voluntary recall to be on the safe side after learning that a third party, Aspen Hills, Inc., supplied a cookie dough ingredient that was potentially hazardous.

The recall is only for the cookie dough and Cookie Two Step flavors of Blue Bell ice cream that comes from the company’s Sylacauga, Alabama, location. This means that the following states might be affected: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. Whew. That’s a long list.

Delish reports that the company has not received any reports of sickness, and that most healthy individuals probably won’t have noticeable symptoms. It is among the elderly, those with weakened immune systems, the very young and expectant mothers that there is the most cause for concern.

Ingesting the contaminant can cause Listeria, a condition in which short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea can occur. However, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women, and can even cause death in severe cases.

If you have a recalled item, please don’t eat it! Even if you are healthy it’s probably better not to take any chances. Instead, you can take it back to where you bought it and get a full refund. A refund is significantly better than headaches and gastrointestinal issues. Check the codes below to see if you have a contaminated item.

The bottom of your ice cream carton should have a code. If it matches any of those below, you’ll know it’s part of the recall:

Blue Bell Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, half gallon: Code 082618226

Blue Bell Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, pint: Codes 081518242, 082418242

Blue Bell Cookie Two Step, half gallon: Codes 080418222, 081818224

You can call Blue Bell with any questions if you feel unsure, too. The number is 979-836-7977, and they’re open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central.

Sources: Delish, Blue Bell Press Release / Photo credit: Blue Bell/Instagram

Tags: Blue Bell, cookie dough, ice cream, recall
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Leggo Those Eggos! Kellogg Recalls Eggo Waffles Across 25 States

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Bad news for all the Stranger Things fans out there: If you were planning on dressing up as Eleven for Halloween, you might want to think twice.

On Sept. 19, Kellogg Company issued a voluntary recall on approximately 10,000 of its Kellogg’s Eggo Nutri-Grain Whole Wheat Waffles due to potential health risks.

So, you know, yeah: Leggo my Eggo! But then do me a favor and throw it in the trash.

The recalled Eggo waffles are said to have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and individuals with weakened immune systems. While the company has received no reports of illness as of its Sept. 19 press release, it’s reassuring to know that it’s not taking any chances with its consumers’ health and safety.

Now, onto the formalities:

The recalled product was distributed to customers and retailers in 25 states (CO, CT, DE, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, VA, VT, WI, WY). The affected product’s UPC code is 38000 40370, and it’s “Better If Used Before Date” is Nov. 21 and 22, 2017.

I guess we’re all having pancakes for breakfast.

Sources: Kellogg Company Newsroom / Photo credit: Leggo My Eggo

Tags: eggo, kellogg, recall, stranger things, waffles
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If You Bought Entenmann’s Sweets Be Aware Of Plastic In Your Muffins

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Entenmann’s, a brownie and muffin brand, has voluntarily recalled brownies and muffins in 34 states. Check your box if you bought it within the dates of Aug. 12-23.

You may recognize the brand more in its fancy blue cursive writing, and by the mini bite-sized brownies and blueberry muffins that are so addictive. It turns out, according to a press release by owner Bimbo Bakeries, the product may have plastic in it, causing a choking or cutting hazard (Yuck!).

Food Safety News reports that at least one consumer reported an injury as a result of plastic in the product. The recall includes: Little Bites Fudge Brownies, Little Bites Chocolate Chip Muffins and Little Bites Variety packs with brownies, chocolate chip muffins and blueberry muffins.

You can determine whether or not your own boxes at home are contaminated by looking for the code number 3098 printed by the “Best By” date on the outside of your box. Also, as I mentioned above, these boxes were distributed during the weeks of Aug. 12 through Aug. 23.

As delicious and tempting as these little treats are, I wouldn’t chance eating plastic if you can help it. That is, if you’re not munching on them while reading this article. Don’t take any chances; just throw out your potentially contaminated boxes and go out and get some post-recall to be on the safe side.

Then again, if you have a contaminated box, you can always return it for a full refund instead of throwing it out. Get your money back and get some new snack cakes!  

You could also just go with homemade until this whole thing blows over. At least that way you know what’s going in to your food. To me, the extra effort seems more than worth it. Plastic doesn’t sound appealing as it is, but risking a cut while eating one of your favorite snacks? No thanks.

Sources: Food Safety News, Bimbo Bakeries Press Release / Photo credit: Hip2Save

Tags: brownies, Entenmann's, Muffins, recall, Snack Cakes
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The General Mills Recall Just Got Even Worse

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Fans of the manufacturer General Mills may remember that the company issued a major voluntary recall of all products sold under its Gold Medal Flour label earlier this year, in order to investigate an ongoing, multi-state outbreak of E. coli.

Now, due to four new confirmed illnesses, General Mills is adding additional flour production dates to the previous U.S. retail flour recall.

Initially, the recall included certain sizes of Gold Medal, Wondra, and Signature Kitchens brand flour that had been produced between Nov. 4, 2015 and Dec. 4, 2015. The updated recall has extended the affected production dates through Feb. 10, 2016.

The illnesses that were reported to health officials show a correlation with consumers who have reported to have consumed or handles uncooked dough and/or uncooked batter made with raw flour. Just as before, no illnesses have been connected with flour that has been properly cooked, baked or handled.

“At this time, it is unknown if we are experiencing a higher prevalence of E. coli in flour than normal, if this is an issue isolated to General Mills’ flour, or if this is an issue across the flour industry,” the company wrote in the press release.

“As a leader in flour production for 150 years, General Mills is committed to convening experts to work with government officials to learn more and create new protocols, if needed,” said General Mills President and Chief Operating Officer Jeff Harmening. “Most importantly, we want all the avid home bakers out there to have peace of mind and know the most important thing they can do to keep safe is to not eat uncooked flour.”

Just as before, the company reminds consumers that flour is a raw ingredient, and is intended to be cooked or baked; because it is made from wheat and grown outdoors, the bacteria present in its growing conditions is not necessarily removed during the normal flour milling process.

You can find complete recall information at generalmills.com/flour, and view all of the updated product dates included in the company’s recall here.

Source: General Mills / Photo credit: Living Rich With Coupons

Tags: e-coli, flour, General Mills, recall
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E. Coli Has Killed More Of Your Dreams, This Time It’s Betty Crocker Cake Mix

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Thought that General Mills flour recall was over? WELL IT’S NOT, AND NO CARB IS SAFE.

And by that alarming sentence, we mean that you should probably throw out your Betty Crocker cake mixes because they’re made with — you guessed it — General Mills’ Wondra flour.

Betty Crocker ~Super Moist~ cake mixes recalled in the U.S. include the Party Rainbow Chip Mix (the one with pudding inside, I tearfully remind you) and the Carrot Cake Mix. 

If you’ve got either of these bad boys sitting on your shelf awaiting baking and frosting, you can at least contact General Mills consumer relations for a refund. But we understand money won’t make up for time away from cake. 

Check out the full list of recalled items here to be sure E. coli hasn’t killed more of your dreams.

Source: PopSugar / Photo credit: Betty Crocker

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