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WA Ice Cream Company Recalls All 2014 Flavors Except One for Listeria Risk

Pink’s Ice Cream LLC of Seattle is recalling all ice-cream flavors produced in 2014 with the exception of Coconut Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Pink’s Ice Cream was distributed through grocery stores and restaurants around the Puget Sound area, including Uwajimaya and Metropolitan Market outlets.

The 16-oz. pints of ice cream are sold with a six-digit numerical product code on the bottom of the product. That six digit code will start with two numbers between 00**** and 52****.  The recall includes all codes within that range with the exclusion of 01**** and 41****. The table below summarizes the affected products.

Name of Product Flavors Size Production Date Type of Packaging
Pink’s Ice Cream Black Sesame, Durian, Green Tea, Mango, Red Bean, Spicy Ginger, Taro, Thai Tea 16 oz 1/1/14-12/21/14 Paper Carton
Pink’s Ice Cream Black Sesame, Durian, Green Tea, Mango, Red Bean, Spicy Ginger, Taro, Thai Tea 1.0 gal 1/1/14-12/21/14 Plastic Gallon

The recall is the result of contamination found at Snoqualmie Gourmet Ice Cream, Pink’s dairy supplier. A routine sampling revealed traces of Listeria in the finished product and on nearby surfaces at the supplier’s plant. Pink’s Ice Cream has recalled all products made with potentially contaminated dairy ingredient, sterilized all production surfaces and equipment, and has begun sourcing dairy from an alternative source.

No illnesses related to the consumption of Pink’s Ice Cream products have been reported to date. This recall is being made with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Consumers who have purchased Pink’s Ice Cream, except the non-dairy Coconut, are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at (206) 861-9098 during regular business hours (Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST).

Listeria 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.

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TX Company Recalls Cumin Products for Undeclared Peanut Proteins

Adams Flavors, Foods & Ingredients of Gonzales, TX, is voluntarily recalling cumin products because they may contain undeclared peanut proteins.

Company officials said Friday, Dec. 26, that they were notified by one of their third-party suppliers that one of the spice ingredients purchased contains peanut proteins, allergens that are not declared on the products’ ingredient statements.

People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products, the firm stated.

The recalled products were distributed nationwide in retail stores and through Internet orders.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

This recall was initiated after it was discovered that ingredients from a single supplier used in the affected products were contaminated with peanut allergens.

This recall affects the following products:

Consumer UPC # Size Description Best Buy Date
041313017224 2.82 oz (80g) Adams Chili Powder-Reddish Ground Seasoning Blend in Clear Round Plastic Bottle with Yellow Cap 9/23/2016
041313017224 2.82 oz (80g) Adams Chili Powder-Reddish Ground Seasoning Blend in Clear Round Plastic Bottle with Yellow Cap 10/27/2016
041313017224 2.82 oz (80g) Adams Chili Powder-Reddish Ground Seasoning Blend in Clear Round Plastic Bottle with Yellow Cap 10/28/2016
041313017231 7.48 oz (212g) Adams Chili Powder-Reddish Ground Seasoning Blend in Clear Round Plastic Bottle with Yellow Cap 10/3/2016
041313017231 7.48oz(212g) Adams Chili Powder-Reddish Ground Seasoning Blend in Clear Round Plastic Bottle with Yellow Cap 10/27/2016
041313019525 2.82 oz (80g) Adams Ground Cumin- Green/Brown Fine Ground Powder in Clear Round Plastic Bottle with Yellow Cap 9/23/2016
041313019525 2.82 oz (80g) Adams Ground Cumin- Green/Brown Fine Ground Powder in Clear Round Plastic Bottle with Yellow Cap 9/24/2016
041313019525 2.82 oz (80g) Adams Ground Cumin- Green/Brown Fine Ground Powder in Clear Round Plastic Bottle with Yellow Cap 10/7/2016
041313019525 2.82 oz (80g) Adams Ground Cumin- Green/Brown Fine Ground Powder in Clear Round Plastic Bottle with Yellow Cap 11/11/2016
041313019525 2.82 oz (80g) Adams Ground Cumin- Green/Brown Fine Ground Powder in Clear Round Plastic Bottle with Yellow Cap 12/5/2016
041313019532 6.70 OZ (190g) Adams Ground Cumin- Green/Brown Fine Ground Powder in Clear Round Plastic Bottle with Yellow Cap 11/7/2016
041313019532 6.70 OZ (190g) Adams Ground Cumin- Green/Brown Fine Ground Powder in Clear Round Plastic Bottle with Yellow Cap 12/18/2016
041313023126 16 oz (454g) Adams Ground Cumin- Green/Brown Fine Ground Powder in Clear Rectangular Plastic Bottle with Yellow Cap 8/26/2016
041313023522 16.82 oz (477g) Adams Chili Powder-Reddish Ground Seasoning Blend in Clear Rectangular Plastic Bottle with Yellow Cap 10/7/2016
041313023522 16.82 oz (477g) Adams Chili Powder-Reddish Ground Seasoning Blend in Clear Rectangular Plastic Bottle with Yellow Cap 10/8/2016
041313023522 16.82 oz (477g) Adams Chili Powder-Reddish Ground Seasoning Blend in Clear Rectangular Plastic Bottle with Yellow Cap 12/10/2016
041313023522 16.82 oz (477g) Adams Chili Powder-Reddish Ground Seasoning Blend in Clear Rectangular Plastic Bottle with Yellow Cap 12/11/2016
041313023720 18 oz (511g) Adams Menudo Seasoning-Reddish Ground Seasoning Blend in Clear Rectangular Plastic Bottle with Yellow Cap 10/22/2016
041313023812 5.26 oz (149g) Adams Jamaican Jerk Seasoning-Yellow Ground Seasoning Blend with Dark Specks in Clear Round Plastic Bottle with Yellow Cap 10/16/2016
041313024338 13.47 oz (382g) Adams Brisket Rub- Reddish Orange Ground Seasoning Blend in Clear Round Plastic Bottle with Yellow Cap 9/30/2016
041313024345 32 oz (908g) Adams Brisket Rub- Reddish Orange Ground Seasoning Blend in Clear Rectangular Plastic Bottle with Yellow Cap 9/30/2016
041313024888 39 oz (1115g) Adams Multi Seasoning-Reddish Ground Seasoning Blend in Clear Rectangular Plastic Bottle with Yellow Cap 8/28/2016
041313024888 30 oz (851.25g) Adams Multi Seasoning-Reddish Ground Seasoning Blend in Clear Rectangular Plastic Bottle with Yellow Cap 9/30/2016
041313026219 3.03 oz (86g) Adams Pinto Bean Seasoning- Reddish Ground Seasoning Blend in Clear Round Plastic Bottle with Yellow Cap 10/27/2016
041313045746 4.79 oz (136g) Adams Reserve Southwestern Rub- Reddish Ground Seasoning Blend in Clear Square Glass Bottle with Silver Cap 14288
041313045876 7.41 oz (210g) Adams Reserve Jamaican Jerk Rub- Yellow Ground Seasoning Blend with Dark Specks in Square Glass Bottle with Silver Cap 14330
742955834612 10oz (283.5g) Earl Campbell Rib Rub- Reddish Ground Seasoning Blend in Clear Round Plastic Bottle with Yellow Cap. 9/30/2014

 

Consumers who have purchased the recalled products are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at (512) 359-3059 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. CST, Monday through Friday, or visit www.AdamsExtract.com for additional information.

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Moroccan company expands offer in Russia

Moroccan company expands offer in Russia

It is quite inconceivable for a Russian family not to have clementines during the Christmas season. The consumption of this juicy and sweet fruit starts generally in October and lasts until April.  The first easy peeler fruit to reach Russia is a group of different clones such as Sidi Aissa, Nules, Bruno, Oronules, Orogrande… In January, Morocco offers clementine Nour, then starting from February, Nadorcott Afourer takes the stage.

Morocco is also an important supplier of vegetables to Russia. Tomato is the main product, followed by pepper and courgette. In the last 5 years, cherry tomatoes and cocktail tomatoes have risen steadily in sales year after year.

Delassus Group is one of the important supplier of Cherry tomatoes. Delassus is the owner of the exclusive brand Marrakech®. Under the Marrakech® brand, it is offering to Russian supermarkets: clementines, mandarins, cherry tomatoes and juices. Moroccan grower-exporter Delassus celebrates 65 years of exportations. The firm, which started out as a 100ha-holding supplying clementines and vegetables to France, now farms over 3,000ha in different areas across the country, operates five packhouses, handles juice processing facilities, employs 4,500 people and annually exports around 50,000 tons of produce, mainly citrus, cherry tomatoes and juices.

To date, 75% of Delassus cherry tomatoes are exported to the European Union (EU), mainly UK, and 60 % of clementines go to Russia. Delassus Group’s future plans concern all aspects of its business. The firm is planting more tomatoes to supply its Russian customers (some 50ha are on the way), and new orange groves are in the pipeline.

“Competition is getting stiffer every year especially as Morocco is improving its production of clementines and tomatoes,” says Delassus Marketing Director, Fatiha Charrat. Other producing countries are experiencing the same developments. We must boost produce demand outside the EU. Citrus consumption outside the EU 15, for example, remains very low: EU: 5.4kg per capita per year; Eastern counties: 3.8 kg per capita.  So there is still a lot to do.”

In 1960 Moroccan suppliers of citrus and the Russian market started under a clearing system.  Clementines were traded for machinery or other Russian items. Since then, the Maroc® label became the top quality symbol for citrus. It is quite inconceivable for a Russian family not to have clementines during the Christmas season.

The consumption of this juicy and sweet fruit starts generally in October and lasts until April.  The first easy peeler fruit to reach Russia is a group of different clones such as Sidi Aissa, Nules, Bruno, Oronules, Orogrande… In January, Morocco offers clementine Nour, then starting from February, Nadorcott Afourer takes the stage.

Morocco is also an important supplier of vegetables to Russia. Tomato is the main product, followed by pepper and courgette. In the last 5 years, cherry tomatoes and cocktail tomatoes have risen steadily in sales year after year.

Delassus Group will also continue to invest in its extensive tutoring program for employees’ children. Delassus launched its not-for-profit Sanady Foundation in 2006 with the aim of improving education within the local worker community. “ It is a real win-win relationship for the three parties: kids, employees and Delassus,” says Ms Charrat. “The program is a promise to kids and parents for a better life. Each year, more kids start the program. In 2006, 57 kids started the program. This year we have 4 000 kids. The need of the foundation is likely to grow each year.”

For more information:
Fatiha Charrat
Delassus Group
Tel: +212 665 186 868
[email protected]
www.delassus.com

Publication date: 12/8/2014


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Moroccan company expands offer in Russia

Moroccan company expands offer in Russia

It is quite inconceivable for a Russian family not to have clementines during the Christmas season. The consumption of this juicy and sweet fruit starts generally in October and lasts until April.  The first easy peeler fruit to reach Russia is a group of different clones such as Sidi Aissa, Nules, Bruno, Oronules, Orogrande… In January, Morocco offers clementine Nour, then starting from February, Nadorcott Afourer takes the stage.

Morocco is also an important supplier of vegetables to Russia. Tomato is the main product, followed by pepper and courgette. In the last 5 years, cherry tomatoes and cocktail tomatoes have risen steadily in sales year after year.

Delassus Group is one of the important supplier of Cherry tomatoes. Delassus is the owner of the exclusive brand Marrakech®. Under the Marrakech® brand, it is offering to Russian supermarkets: clementines, mandarins, cherry tomatoes and juices. Moroccan grower-exporter Delassus celebrates 65 years of exportations. The firm, which started out as a 100ha-holding supplying clementines and vegetables to France, now farms over 3,000ha in different areas across the country, operates five packhouses, handles juice processing facilities, employs 4,500 people and annually exports around 50,000 tons of produce, mainly citrus, cherry tomatoes and juices.

To date, 75% of Delassus cherry tomatoes are exported to the European Union (EU), mainly UK, and 60 % of clementines go to Russia. Delassus Group’s future plans concern all aspects of its business. The firm is planting more tomatoes to supply its Russian customers (some 50ha are on the way), and new orange groves are in the pipeline.

“Competition is getting stiffer every year especially as Morocco is improving its production of clementines and tomatoes,” says Delassus Marketing Director, Fatiha Charrat. Other producing countries are experiencing the same developments. We must boost produce demand outside the EU. Citrus consumption outside the EU 15, for example, remains very low: EU: 5.4kg per capita per year; Eastern counties: 3.8 kg per capita.  So there is still a lot to do.”

In 1960 Moroccan suppliers of citrus and the Russian market started under a clearing system.  Clementines were traded for machinery or other Russian items. Since then, the Maroc® label became the top quality symbol for citrus. It is quite inconceivable for a Russian family not to have clementines during the Christmas season.

The consumption of this juicy and sweet fruit starts generally in October and lasts until April.  The first easy peeler fruit to reach Russia is a group of different clones such as Sidi Aissa, Nules, Bruno, Oronules, Orogrande… In January, Morocco offers clementine Nour, then starting from February, Nadorcott Afourer takes the stage.

Morocco is also an important supplier of vegetables to Russia. Tomato is the main product, followed by pepper and courgette. In the last 5 years, cherry tomatoes and cocktail tomatoes have risen steadily in sales year after year.

Delassus Group will also continue to invest in its extensive tutoring program for employees’ children. Delassus launched its not-for-profit Sanady Foundation in 2006 with the aim of improving education within the local worker community. “ It is a real win-win relationship for the three parties: kids, employees and Delassus,” says Ms Charrat. “The program is a promise to kids and parents for a better life. Each year, more kids start the program. In 2006, 57 kids started the program. This year we have 4 000 kids. The need of the foundation is likely to grow each year.”

For more information:
Fatiha Charrat
Delassus Group
Tel: +212 665 186 868
[email protected]
www.delassus.com

Publication date: 12/8/2014


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Dole Food Company organizes special committee

Murdock acquisition bid:
Dole Food Company organizes special committee

Dole Food Company, Inc. has announced that it has designated a special committee of its Board of Directors to act on behalf of the Company in respect of the acquisition proposal made by David H. Murdock on June 10, 2013. The special committee consists of the four members of the Board of Directors who are independent, and will be chaired by Andrew J. Conrad. The special committee has engaged Lazard as its financial advisor and Sullivan & Cromwell LLP as legal counsel.

No assurance can be given that Mr. Murdock’s proposal, or any other transaction, will be consummated. The Company does not intend to disclose developments regarding these matters unless and until its Board of Directors determines there is a need to update the market.

Publication date: 6/26/2013


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GE Salmon Company Fined Over Permit Problems in Panama

The government of Panama has revealed that, in July of this year, it levied a fine on AquaBounty Technologies, the Massachusetts-based company seeking government approval to bring the first genetically modified salmon to market in the U.S.

AquaBounty apparently did not have the necessary water use and water discharge permits necessary for running its operations in Panama, where it has a pilot facility, and total coliform bacteria were allegedly above acceptable levels.

The Panamanian government determined that the company had repeatedly violated regulations and should be issued the maximum allowable fine of $ 9,500.

AquaBounty says that company officials immediately contacted the proper authorities in Panama after becoming aware of the permitting failures, and that everything was squared away by August. The company also paid the fine.

“The nature of the violations had no bearing on the containment or health of our fish, or the safety of our operations,” the company said in a statement.

AquaBounty added that its facility is frequently inspected by the Panamanian government and continues to operate without any restrictions. In addition, it said that the company’s facility was built and operating before some of the permit regulations were passed.

In response to the violations and fine, U.S. consumer groups such as Food & Water Watch and the Center for Food Safety are calling on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to deny AquaBounty’s application to sell GE salmon in grocery stores here.

AquaBounty’s CEO Ron Stotish told Seafoodsource that those groups were being “blatantly misleading” by implying that there is a safety issue concerning the fish when there is none.

FDA is still reviewing AquaBounty’s application. The fish is an Atlantic salmon that contains genes from a Pacific Chinook salmon and an ocean pout that allow the fish to grow to market size twice as fast.

For years, FDA has declined to provide a timeline for when the agency might make its decision. AquaBounty says it began the FDA application process in 1995.

A 2010 FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine review of the AquaBounty application concluded that the salmon was as safe to eat as Atlantic salmon and does not pose a threat to the environment. According to AquaBounty, the salmon will only grow in land-based, contained facilities and that all the fish are sterile females.

Due to consumer demand, a number of U.S. grocery retailers, including Kroger, Safeway and Target, have already pledged not to sell the AquaBounty salmon should it be approved by FDA.

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GE Salmon Company Fined Over Permit Problems in Panama

The government of Panama has revealed that, in July of this year, it levied a fine on AquaBounty Technologies, the Massachusetts-based company seeking government approval to bring the first genetically modified salmon to market in the U.S.

AquaBounty apparently did not have the necessary water use and water discharge permits necessary for running its operations in Panama, where it has a pilot facility, and total coliform bacteria were allegedly above acceptable levels.

The Panamanian government determined that the company had repeatedly violated regulations and should be issued the maximum allowable fine of $ 9,500.

AquaBounty says that company officials immediately contacted the proper authorities in Panama after becoming aware of the permitting failures, and that everything was squared away by August. The company also paid the fine.

“The nature of the violations had no bearing on the containment or health of our fish, or the safety of our operations,” the company said in a statement.

AquaBounty added that its facility is frequently inspected by the Panamanian government and continues to operate without any restrictions. In addition, it said that the company’s facility was built and operating before some of the permit regulations were passed.

In response to the violations and fine, U.S. consumer groups such as Food & Water Watch and the Center for Food Safety are calling on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to deny AquaBounty’s application to sell GE salmon in grocery stores here.

AquaBounty’s CEO Ron Stotish told Seafoodsource that those groups were being “blatantly misleading” by implying that there is a safety issue concerning the fish when there is none.

FDA is still reviewing AquaBounty’s application. The fish is an Atlantic salmon that contains genes from a Pacific Chinook salmon and an ocean pout that allow the fish to grow to market size twice as fast.

For years, FDA has declined to provide a timeline for when the agency might make its decision. AquaBounty says it began the FDA application process in 1995.

A 2010 FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine review of the AquaBounty application concluded that the salmon was as safe to eat as Atlantic salmon and does not pose a threat to the environment. According to AquaBounty, the salmon will only grow in land-based, contained facilities and that all the fish are sterile females.

Due to consumer demand, a number of U.S. grocery retailers, including Kroger, Safeway and Target, have already pledged not to sell the AquaBounty salmon should it be approved by FDA.

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Texas Company Recalls Sausage-Like Products for Possible Temperature Abuse

Carlton Foods of New Braunfels, TX, is recalling approximately 25,764 pounds of fresh Boudin products produced with pre-cooked rice that may have experienced temperature abuse and may contain an emetic toxin produced by Bacillus cereus, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Thursday.

The Boudin (sausage-like) products were produced on Aug. 22, 2014, through Oct. 17, 2014. The following products are subject to recall:

  • 12-oz. vacuum-packed packages of “RICHARD’S HICKORY SMOKED BOUDIN”
  • 12-oz. vacuum-packed packages of “RICHARD’S PREMIUM BOUDIN”
  • 12-oz. vacuum-packed packages of “RICHARD’S ‘HOT’ PREMIUM BOUDIN”
  • 16-oz. vacuum-packed packages of “RICHARD’S PREMIUM BOUDIN”
  • 32-oz. vacuum-packed packages of “RICHARD’S CAJUN GRILLERS BOUDIN”

The products subject to recall bear the establishment number “EST. 1943” or “EST. 961” inside the USDA mark of inspection. Products with the EST. 961 inside the mark of inspection would also have NB printed on the label. “Sell By” dates for the recalled products range from Oct. 28, 2014, to Dec. 16, 2014. The products were shipped to retail locations in Louisiana and Texas.

The problem was discovered by FSIS personnel during a Food Safety Assessment. During production, FSIS personnel observed pre-cooked rice, a component of the Boudin, being held at unsafe temperatures, which could result in the products containing an emetic toxin produced by Bacillus cereus.

Bacillus cereus is a type of bacteria that can be found in a variety of foods, particularly rice that has been stored too long at room temperature. Emetic toxins produced by Bacillus cereus can cause nausea and vomiting to occur within 30 minutes to six hours after consumption of contaminated foods.

FSIS and the company have received no reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact a health care provider.

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. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.

Consumers with questions regarding the recall can contact Randy Rust, company president, at (830) 625-7583, ext. 109.

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Texas Company Recalls Sausage-Like Products for Possible Temperature Abuse

Carlton Foods of New Braunfels, TX, is recalling approximately 25,764 pounds of fresh Boudin products produced with pre-cooked rice that may have experienced temperature abuse and may contain an emetic toxin produced by Bacillus cereus, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Thursday.

The Boudin (sausage-like) products were produced on Aug. 22, 2014, through Oct. 17, 2014. The following products are subject to recall:

  • 12-oz. vacuum-packed packages of “RICHARD’S HICKORY SMOKED BOUDIN”
  • 12-oz. vacuum-packed packages of “RICHARD’S PREMIUM BOUDIN”
  • 12-oz. vacuum-packed packages of “RICHARD’S ‘HOT’ PREMIUM BOUDIN”
  • 16-oz. vacuum-packed packages of “RICHARD’S PREMIUM BOUDIN”
  • 32-oz. vacuum-packed packages of “RICHARD’S CAJUN GRILLERS BOUDIN”

The products subject to recall bear the establishment number “EST. 1943” or “EST. 961” inside the USDA mark of inspection. Products with the EST. 961 inside the mark of inspection would also have NB printed on the label. “Sell By” dates for the recalled products range from Oct. 28, 2014, to Dec. 16, 2014. The products were shipped to retail locations in Louisiana and Texas.

The problem was discovered by FSIS personnel during a Food Safety Assessment. During production, FSIS personnel observed pre-cooked rice, a component of the Boudin, being held at unsafe temperatures, which could result in the products containing an emetic toxin produced by Bacillus cereus.

Bacillus cereus is a type of bacteria that can be found in a variety of foods, particularly rice that has been stored too long at room temperature. Emetic toxins produced by Bacillus cereus can cause nausea and vomiting to occur within 30 minutes to six hours after consumption of contaminated foods.

FSIS and the company have received no reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact a health care provider.

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. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.

Consumers with questions regarding the recall can contact Randy Rust, company president, at (830) 625-7583, ext. 109.

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Texas Company Recalls Ground Beef for Potential Metal Pieces

Sam Kane Beef Processors of Corpus Christi, TX, is recalling approximately 90,987 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s FSIS announced Saturday.

The following products are subject to recall:

  • 3-lb. packages of “HEB Ground Chuck,” bearing the establishment number “337,” a production date of “09/12/14” and a use-by date of “10/02/14.”
  • 5-lb. packages of “HEB Ground Beef,” “73% LEAN 27% FAT,” bearing the establishment number “337,” a production date of “09/15/14” and a use-by date of “10/05/14.”
  • 10-lb. packages of “HEB Ground Beef,” “73% LEAN 27% FAT,” bearing the establishment number “337,” a production date of “09/18/14,” and a use-by date of “10/08/14.”
  • 10-lb. clear film packages of formed patties made from Sam Kane Beef Processors “Ground Chuck,” bearing the establishment number “337,” a production date of “9/09/14” and a use-by date of “9/29/14.”

The products were produced on the above dates (between Sept. 9, 2014, and Sept. 18, 2014, with sell-by dates between Sept. 29, 2014, and Oct. 8, 2014) and bear the establishment number “337” inside the USDA Mark of Inspection. The products were shipped to retail outlets in Texas.

The problem was discovered after a retail location received consumer complaints involving ground beef and pieces of metal approximately 3 mm in size. Four separate consumer complaints were received, with one consumer reporting a chipped tooth. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness from consumption of these products should contact a healthcare provider.

Consumers with questions about the recall should contact Herb Meischen, senior vice president of sales and marketing, at (361) 241-5000, ext. 250.

This is the second recall involving products from this company in the past week. The previous recall, involving 2,633 pounds of ground beef chub product possibly contaminated with pieces of plastic, was announced Sept. 30.

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Albertsons, Safeway name leadership for combined company

Albertsons and Safeway Inc. announced the new senior leadership team and division leaders for the combined company that will take effect upon the closing of their merger, which is pending customary regulatory approvals.

“We’re drawing on the strong talent within both companies to build an innovative, customer-focused and growth-driven company,” Safeway President and Chief Executive Officer Robert Edwards, who will serve as the combined company’s president and CEO, said in a press release. “We are confident in this team’s ability to build a great company that’s positioned to win over the long term by earning the loyalty of grocery shoppers in every market we serve and delivering superior operational and financial results.”

No banner changes are planned.

“We know the best way to grow our business is to have the highest quality fresh departments, lower prices, clean, well-stocked stores and the best customer service in the market,” Bob Miller, Albertsons current CEO who will become executive chairman of the combined company upon completion of the transaction, said in the press release. “Our teams will focus on delivering what customers want locally, and we will give our store teams more flexibility to make decisions that are right for their neighborhoods. The division teams will have the responsibility to have the right assortment for their markets.”

Safeway shareholders approved the proposed merger agreement on July 25, under which AB Acquisition LLC, an affiliate of Albertsons, will acquire all outstanding shares of Safeway. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of this year, pending FTC approval.

After regulatory approval and closing of the transaction, the new company will have the following leadership team:

  • Bob Gordon, executive vice president and general counsel
  • Shane Sampson, executive vice president, marketing and merchandising
  • Andy Scoggin, executive vice president, human resources, labor relations, public affairs and government affairs
  • Jerry Tidwell, executive vice president, supply chain and manufacturing
  • Lee Wilson, executive vice president and chief administrative officer
  • Bob Dimond, executive vice president and chief financial officer, reporting to Wilson
  • Justin Ewing, executive vice president, corporate development and real estate, reporting to Wilson
  • Barry Libenson, interim executive vice president and chief information officer, reporting to Wilson. Libenson is expected to be with the new company through March 2015, at which time a successor will be named.
  • Wayne Denningham, executive vice president and chief operating officer, South Region
  • Justin Dye, executive vice president and chief operating officer, East Region
  • Kelly Griffith, executive vice president and chief operating officer, North Region

The new company will be comprised of three regions and 14 retail divisions. The company will keep the focus and financial responsibility at the division level, but take full advantage of the expertise, vision and core capabilities of the corporate team. The 14 divisions will be supported by corporate offices in Boise, ID, Pleasanton, CA, and Phoenix, AZ.

The division presidents for the new company, who will report to the chief operating officer for their respective regions, will be:

  • Dennis Bassler, Portland Division, North Region
  • Paul McTavish, Denver Division, North Region
  • Susan Morris, Intermountain Division, North Region
  • Tom Schwilke, Northern California Division, North Region
  • Dan Valenzuela, Seattle Division, North Region
  • Shane Dorcheus, Southwest Division, South Region
  • Scott Hays, Southern Division, South Region
  • Sidney Hopper, Houston Division, South Region
  • Lori Raya, Southern California Division, South Region
  • Robert Taylor, United Division, South Region
  • Steve Burnham, Eastern Division, East Region
  • Jim Perkins, Acme Division, East Region
  • Jim Rice, Shaw’s Division, East Region
  • Mike Withers, Jewel-Osco Division, East Region

 

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Albertsons, Safeway name leadership for combined company

Albertsons and Safeway Inc. announced the new senior leadership team and division leaders for the combined company that will take effect upon the closing of their merger, which is pending customary regulatory approvals.

“We’re drawing on the strong talent within both companies to build an innovative, customer-focused and growth-driven company,” Safeway President and Chief Executive Officer Robert Edwards, who will serve as the combined company’s president and CEO, said in a press release. “We are confident in this team’s ability to build a great company that’s positioned to win over the long term by earning the loyalty of grocery shoppers in every market we serve and delivering superior operational and financial results.”

No banner changes are planned.

“We know the best way to grow our business is to have the highest quality fresh departments, lower prices, clean, well-stocked stores and the best customer service in the market,” Bob Miller, Albertsons current CEO who will become executive chairman of the combined company upon completion of the transaction, said in the press release. “Our teams will focus on delivering what customers want locally, and we will give our store teams more flexibility to make decisions that are right for their neighborhoods. The division teams will have the responsibility to have the right assortment for their markets.”

Safeway shareholders approved the proposed merger agreement on July 25, under which AB Acquisition LLC, an affiliate of Albertsons, will acquire all outstanding shares of Safeway. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of this year, pending FTC approval.

After regulatory approval and closing of the transaction, the new company will have the following leadership team:

  • Bob Gordon, executive vice president and general counsel
  • Shane Sampson, executive vice president, marketing and merchandising
  • Andy Scoggin, executive vice president, human resources, labor relations, public affairs and government affairs
  • Jerry Tidwell, executive vice president, supply chain and manufacturing
  • Lee Wilson, executive vice president and chief administrative officer
  • Bob Dimond, executive vice president and chief financial officer, reporting to Wilson
  • Justin Ewing, executive vice president, corporate development and real estate, reporting to Wilson
  • Barry Libenson, interim executive vice president and chief information officer, reporting to Wilson. Libenson is expected to be with the new company through March 2015, at which time a successor will be named.
  • Wayne Denningham, executive vice president and chief operating officer, South Region
  • Justin Dye, executive vice president and chief operating officer, East Region
  • Kelly Griffith, executive vice president and chief operating officer, North Region

The new company will be comprised of three regions and 14 retail divisions. The company will keep the focus and financial responsibility at the division level, but take full advantage of the expertise, vision and core capabilities of the corporate team. The 14 divisions will be supported by corporate offices in Boise, ID, Pleasanton, CA, and Phoenix, AZ.

The division presidents for the new company, who will report to the chief operating officer for their respective regions, will be:

  • Dennis Bassler, Portland Division, North Region
  • Paul McTavish, Denver Division, North Region
  • Susan Morris, Intermountain Division, North Region
  • Tom Schwilke, Northern California Division, North Region
  • Dan Valenzuela, Seattle Division, North Region
  • Shane Dorcheus, Southwest Division, South Region
  • Scott Hays, Southern Division, South Region
  • Sidney Hopper, Houston Division, South Region
  • Lori Raya, Southern California Division, South Region
  • Robert Taylor, United Division, South Region
  • Steve Burnham, Eastern Division, East Region
  • Jim Perkins, Acme Division, East Region
  • Jim Rice, Shaw’s Division, East Region
  • Mike Withers, Jewel-Osco Division, East Region

 

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