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Agave Dream cappuccino ice cream recalled for Listeria risk

Agave Dream ice creamAgave Dream of Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA, is recalling 389 cases of its cappuccino ice cream because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The company stated that the recalled item was distributed nationally through retail stores receiving product from KeHE Distributors’ Romeoville, IL, warehouse, DPI Northwest; Americold in Los Angeles; IWI’s Franklin, IN, warehouse, and Haddon House, Richburg, SC.

The recalled product consists of pints of Agave Dream cappuccino ice cream packed in brown paper, 1-pint containers with “Agave Dream” printed on the front of the carton and with a best-by date of 07/04/17 and a UPC number of 899349002048.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

The recall is the result of a routine sampling by the state of Washington, which revealed that the finished products contained Listeria bacteria. The company has ceased production and distribution of the product while the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the company continue their investigation into what caused the problem.

Consumers who have purchased Agave Dream cappuccino ice cream with a best-by date 07/04/17 are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 866-993-4438 or by sending email to [email protected].

Listeria is a microscopic organism that 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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Seven brands of black beans recalled because of ink pen

Faribault Foods Inc. is recalling 15-ounce cans of black beans after a consumer found part of an ink pen in a can.

Seven brands are included, but only one production code is implicated in the recall of no-salt-added black beans, according to a recall notice posted on the Food and Drug Administration’s website.

The code on the recalled cans is “Best By 04 APR 2019 258F2 095 16 XXXX” and can be found on the bottom of the 15-ounce cans.

These are two of seven brands of 15-ounce cans of no-salt-added black beans that have been recalled.

These are two of seven brands of 15-ounce cans of no-salt-added black beans that have been recalled.

Brands included in the recall are:

  • Hyvee No-Salt-Added Black Beans
  • La Preferida Low Sodium Black Beans (Frijoles Negros Bajo En Sodio)
  • Our Family No-Salt-Added Black Beans
  • Sprouts No-Salt-Added Black Beans
  • Mrs. Grimes No-Salt-Added Black Beans
  • Kuner’s No-Salt-Added Black Beans (Frijoles Negros)
  • HEB Black No-Salt-Added Beans (Frijol Negro Sin Sal)

No other production codes, sizes or brands of Faribault Foods Inc. products are affected by this recall.

“This has been determined to be an isolated incident,” according to the recall notice. “We are recalling these products because they may contain small pieces of plastic and/or metal that may cause injury. Although our investigation is ongoing, we believe the source of the plastic and/or metal was an ink pen that entered the product stream.

“Consumers who may have purchased the products listed above should not consume them but should instead return them to the store where purchased for a refund or replacement.”

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Frozen farm-raised catfish recalled for potential chemical contamination

Recall 060-2016 labels

Haring Catfish Inc. of Wisner, LA, is recalling approximately 21,521 pounds of siluriformes fish (catfish) products that may be adulterated with a residue of public health concern, specifically gentian (crystal) violet, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Thursday, July 14, 2016.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 51217” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations and hotels, restaurants, and institutions in Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas.

The problem was discovered on July 11, 2016, after routine FSIS sampling results revealed a violative level of the chemical gentian (crystal) violet in the product.

The siluriformes (catfish) products items were produced on June 28 and 29, 2016. The following products are subject to recall:

  • 11-lb. Cardboard boxes of IQF (Individually Quick Frozen) “catfish” tails in plastic wrapping identified as HARING CATFISH and having Lot Code 2140 printed on the label.
  • 15-lb. Cardboard boxes of IQF “catfish” steaks, irregular filets, whole fish, strips, nuggets, and partially gutted fish in plastic wrapping identified as HARING CATFISH and having Lot Code 2140 printed on the label.
  • 30-lb. Cardboard boxes of IQF “catfish” steaks, irregular filets, whole fish, strips, nuggets, and partially gutted fish in plastic wrapping identified as HARING CATFISH and having Lot Code 2140 printed on the label.

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

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them but instead to throw them away or return them to the place of purchase.

Consumers with questions about this recall can contact Dottie Walker at (318) 724-6133, ext. 119.

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Jump Your Bones Brand Kangaroo Meat Pet Treats Recalled for Salmonella Risk

Jump Your Bones, Inc. of Boca Raton, FL is recalling Jump Your Bones brand name “Roo Bites (Cubes)” due to potential Salmonella contamination. The pet treat product is made from dehydrated kangaroo meat.

Salmonella can sicken animals that eat contaminated products. Humans are at risk of contracting illness from handling contaminated pet products, especially those who do not thoroughly wash their hands after touching the products or any surfaces that touch the products.

The affected lots of Jump Your Bones Pet Treats were distributed to retail pet food stores nationwide and through pet food retailers and distributors, as well as online stores.

The recalls affects all products bearing the following UPC:

  • 63633010041 for 80g. / 2.82oz. including samples of .32 oz.
No illnesses have been associated with the recalled product. However, due to the time required to trace an illness back to a specific food product, it is impossible to say whether or not any illnesses have occurred.

Symptoms of Salmonella infection in humans include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever, and abdominal pain.

Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

Consumers who have purchased the recalled pet treats are urged to stop feeding them to pets and either dispose of the product return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

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Fisher Chopped Walnuts, Pecan Cookie Pieces Recalled for Potential Salmonella Contamination

John B. Sanfilippo & Son Inc. (JBSS) of Elgin, IL, announced Tuesday that it is voluntarily recalling Fisher 8-oz. Chopped Walnuts and Fisher 8-oz. Pecan Cookie Pieces packaged in plastic bags because some of these products may be contaminated with Salmonella.

Consumers who have recently purchased the items with the BEST BY DATES listed below at stores located in AR, AZ, CO, KS, LA, MO, NM, OK and TX or online should not consume this product and should return it to the store of purchase for a full refund or replacement. The BEST BY DATES can be found on the back of the bags.

Item Description:

JBSS Item PRODUCT UNIT
Code UPC# BRAND DESCRIPTION WT. UM BEST BY DATE
P02352 070690 02360 3 Fisher Chopped Walnuts 8 oz. 10/31/15 TQ2
P02352 070690 02360 3 Fisher Chopped Walnuts 8 oz. 11/01/15 TQ1
P02352 070690 02360 3 Fisher Chopped Walnuts 8 oz. 11/01/15 TQ2
P02352 070690 02360 3 Fisher Chopped Walnuts 8 oz. 11/03/15 TQ1
P02352 070690 02360 3 Fisher Chopped Walnuts 8 oz. 11/03/15 TQ2
P02351 070690 02351 1 Fisher Pecan Cookie Pieces 8 oz. 11/03/15 TQ1
P02351 070690 02351 1 Fisher Pecan Cookie Pieces 8 oz. 11/03/15 TQ2

 

To date, JBSS has not received any reports of illnesses in connection with the items listed above.

This voluntary recall is the result of a routine sampling program conducted by FDA in the retail marketplace, which revealed that a package of Fisher Chopped Walnuts contained Salmonella.

Consumers or customers who have questions about the above recall may contact John B. Sanfilippo and Son Inc. Customer Service toll-free at (800) 874-8734, Monday through Friday, from 8:15 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. CST.

Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (e.g., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

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Happy Apple Brand Caramel Apples Recalled for Possible Listeria Risk

Happy Apple Company of Washington, MO, has issued a voluntary recall of Happy Apple Brand caramel apples with a best use by date between Aug. 25 and Nov. 23, 2014, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Happy Apple caramel apples are sold in single pack, three packs, four packs and eight packs, and each package will have a best use by date on the front of the label.

The apples were available for retail sale through grocery, discount and club stores, generally in the produce section, and were distributed to retailers in the following states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin.

The company has been working with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in its investigation of the current outbreak of Listeriosis, which has been associated with caramel apples. Happy Apple recently received notice from Bidart Brothers, one of its apple suppliers to the company’s California facility, that there may be a connection between this outbreak and the apples supplied to that facility.

As has been reported in the news, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has noted 29 illnesses in 10 states linked to the outbreak, and the agency has advised consumers not to eat commercially produced, pre-packaged caramel apples until more is known.

Happy Apple ceased operations at the end of October as part of its normal, seasonal shutdown, and the caramel apples produced are no longer available in stores. However, the company is recommending that consumers follow the advice of CDC and remove any caramel apples in storage and dispose of them in a secure container to avoid potential contamination in animals.

Consumers who have any of the product may return it to the store where purchased or dispose of it per the advice of the CDC. Consumers with questions may contact Happy Apple at 800-527-7532, Monday through Friday during normal business hours, or via email to [email protected].

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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Pomegranate Kernels Recalled in Connection with Townsend Farms Hep A Outbreak

Scenic Fruit Company, based in Oregon, has voluntarily recalled 5,091 cases (61,092 8-oz. bags) of Woodstock Frozen Organic Pomegranate Kernels due to potential contamination of hepatitis A.

No illnesses have been connected to the Woodstock brand pomegranate kernels, but they were imported from Turkey and may be associated with the imported pomegranate kernels implicated in the ongoing Townsend Farms frozen berry hepatitis A outbreak that has sickened at least 122 people in eight states.

The products are sold in 8-oz. resealable plastic pouches with UPC Cod 0 42563 01628 9. Further coding information is on the back portion of the pouches below the zip-lock seal. The following lots are subject to recall:

  • C 0129 (A,B, or C) 035 with a best by date of 02/04/2015
  • C 0388 (A,B, or C) 087 with a best by date of 03/28/2015
  • C 0490 (A,B, or C) 109 with a best by date of 04/19/2015

The products were shipped between February 2013 through May 2013 to UNFI distribution centers in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, and Washington State. UNFI distribution centers may have further distributed products to retail stores in other states.

Symptoms of hepatitis A infection generally appear within 14 to 50 days of exposure and include fatigue, abdominal pain, jaundice and dark urine.

Those who receive a vaccination within two weeks of exposure may prevent illness, and anyone who has already received a hepatitis A vaccination in the past is not at risk of infection.

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MI Raw Milk Cheddar Cheese Recalled for Potential Listeria Risk

Farm Country Cheese House of Lakeview, MI, is recalling about 1,136 pounds of Raw Milk Cheddar because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The Raw Milk Cheddar was distributed in Michigan, specifically in the Grand Rapids and Detroit metro areas, through retail stores and specialty shops.

The Raw Milk Cheddar in question is packaged under two different labels. The first label will have Farm Country Cheese House logo on the far left-hand side, and the product name (Raw Milk Cheddar) will be written on top of the label. This product is sold as an 8-oz. block.

This product has a “Use By Date” on the back of the cheese. The dates are between Oct. 28, 2015, and Dec. 5, 2015. This label will also have a Julian Date in the lower right-hand corner. These Julian dates are as follows: 14301, 14302, 14308, 14309, 14324, 14325, 14332, 14336, and 14339.

The second label will have Farm Country Cheese House logo on the far left-hand side, and the product name (Raw Milk Cheddar) written in white over a light-blue banner. This label will have the “Use By Date” on the back; it will not have a Julian Date. The “Use By Date” dates are between Oct. 28, 2015, and Dec. 5, 2015. This product will be packaged in 8-oz. blocks and 5-lb. loafs.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

The recall was the result of a routine sampling program by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which revealed that the finished products contained the bacteria. Farm Country Cheese House has ceased production and distribution of the product while FDA and the company continue their investigation into to what caused the problem.

Consumers who have purchased Farm Country Cheese House Raw Milk Cheddar are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at (989) 352-7779, or email to [email protected], Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST.

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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Dog Chews Recalled for Possible Salmonella Contamination

Barkworthies of Richmond, VA, is recalling select lots of Barkworthies Chicken Vittles dog chews because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

The recalled product was distributed nationwide beginning on May 6, 2014. The product can be identified by the Lot Code printed on the side of the plastic pouch. This product is being recalled as it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

BARKWORTHIES CHICKEN VITTLES

Lot Code: 1254T1

Size: 16 oz. Plastic Pouch

Best Used by Date: May 2016

UPC: 816807011510

The recall was initiated after routine testing by the Colorado Department of Agriculture revealed the presence of Salmonella in a single lot of the product. This batch tested negative by a third-party independent laboratory prior to release for distribution to consumers. No additional products are affected by this recall. The company has received no reports of illness in either people or animals associated with these products to date.

Salmonella can affect animals eating the products, and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.

Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected, but otherwise healthy, pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans.

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Ice Cream Recalled for Possible Listeria Contamination

Snoqualmie Gourmet Ice Cream, Inc. has issued a voluntary recall of all ice cream, gelato, custard and sorbet for all flavors and container sizes produced on or after January 1, 2014 until December 15, 2014 because these products have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The products are labeled Snoqualmie Ice Cream, Snoqualmie Gelato, Snoqualmie Custard, Snoqualmie Sorbet or Emerald & Spruce Ice Cream or Top Pot Hand Forged Ice Cream and have a production date code located on the bottom of the container.  The date codes included either end in “4”, e.g. XXX4 (pints and cups) or are listed by date: January 1, 2014 through December 15, 2014 (trays & tubs).

The ice cream, gelato, custard and sorbet were distributed in Arizona, Idaho, California, Oregon, and Washington may have been further distributed and sold in various retail outlets in Alaska, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming.

The recall was initiated based on the confirmation positive result of Listeria monocytogenes in the samples collected within the production facility and analyzed by Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA).  The company is working with the FDA and WSDA to investigate the root cause.

Customers who have purchased the affected product should dispose of it or return it to the place of purchase where they will receive a refund.

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy 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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Nutrition Bars Recalled for Salmonella Risk

San Diego-based Perfect Bar & Company is recalling specific lots of its Peanut Butter and Cranberry Crunch nutrition bar products due to a Salmonella risk.

The recalled products have packaging and/or wrappers with the expiration date and lot codes listed below. The recalled product has reached the distributor, retail and end-user level.

While no illnesses to date have been associated with any of the recalled products, Salmonella bacteria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal cramps. Consumers with the above symptoms should consult their physician.

Anyone who purchased the recalled products are advised to dispose of them immediately.

Product photos below:

Individual Label Perfect Bar Peanut Butter and Cranberry Crunch nutrition bars

Carton label, Peanut Butter and Cranberry Crunch nutrition bars

Gluten Free Variety Carton, Peanut Butter, Cranberry Crunch, Almond Butter

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Soybean and Mungbean Sprouts Recalled in WA and OR for Listeria Risk

Kkot Saem Sprouts, Inc. of Spanaway, Washington is voluntarily recalling Soybean Sprouts and Mungbean Sprouts sold under brand names Kkot Saem, Winter Blossom Bean Sprouts, and Winter Blossom because the sprouts may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The products were distributed at H-Mart in Washington and Oregon, and G-Mart in Oregon.

The last date of distribution was December 16, 2014. The mungbean sprouts have a five-day shelf life from the packing date and soybean sprouts have a shelf life of up to two weeks from the packing date.

The recalled products are as follows:

The contamination was detected during routine testing by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

No illnesses have been reported in connection to the products. However, due to the time required to trace an illness back to a specific food product, it is impossible to say if any illnesses have occurred.

Customers who have purchased the recalled products are urged to return them to the place of purchase or discard them.

Product labels:

Front Label, Kkot Saem, Mung Bean Sprouts, 0.8 lb.

Front Label, Winter Blossom Bean Sprouts, Soy Bean Sprouts, 1.5 lbs.

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1,200 Pounds of Ground Beef Recalled Due to E. coli Risk

Ranchers Legacy Meat Co., of Vadnais Heights, Minn., is recalling 1,200 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coliO157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

Products subject to the recall are packaged in plastic cryovac sealed packets, and contain various weights of ground beef.  All products produced on Nov. 19, 2014 are subject to recall.

All of the following have a Package Code (use by) 12/10/2014 and bear the establishment number “Est. 40264” inside the USDA mark of inspection. Individual products include:

  • Ranchers Legacy Ground Beef Patties 77/23
  • Ranchers Legacy Ground Chuck Patties 80/20
  • Ranchers Legacy USDA Choice Ground Beef 80/20
  • Ranchers Legacy USDA Choice WD Beef Patties 80/20
  • Ranchers Legacy RD Beef Patties 80/20
  • OTG Manufacturing Chuck/Brisket RD Patties
  • Ranchers Legacy Chuck Blend Oval Beef Patties
  • Ranchers Legacy WD Chuck Blend Patties
  • Ranchers Legacy USDA Choice NAT Beef Patties 80/20
  • Ranchers Legacy NAT Beef Patties 80/20
  • Ranchers Legacy USDA Choice NAT Beef Patties 80/20
  • Ranchers Legacy Ground Chuck Blend
  • Ranchers Legacy Chuck Blend Bulk Pack NAT Patties
  • Ranchers Legacy Chuck Blend NAT Beef Patties

The product was discovered by FSIS inspection personnel during a routine inspection. Products testing positive on November 21, 2014 were held at the establishment.  The products being recalled were produced on the same day and equipment as the positive product.  Products were shipped to distributors for sales nationwide.

E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps 2–8 days (3–4 days, on average) after exposure the organism. While most people recover within a week, some develop a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). This condition can occur among persons of any age but is most common in children under 5-years old and older adults. It is marked by easy bruising, pallor, and decreased urine output. Persons who experience these symptoms should seek emergency medical care immediately.

FSIS and the company are concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers’ freezers. FSIS and the company have received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products.

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Brown Rice Flour Recalled for Possible Salmonella Contamination

Lundberg Family Farms announced that it is voluntarily recalling specific bags of Brown Rice Flour because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

The recalled Eco-Farmed Brown Rice Flour (UPC# 0 73416 00550 1) and Organic Brown Rice Flour (UPC # 073416 00500 6) were distributed in retail store bulk bins, and 25lb bulk bags, between November 4 and November 12, 2014 in the following states: CA, HI, MA, AZ, NV, and through mail order.

The affected 25lb bulk bags contain the following lot numbers 141027, 141028, 141029, 141030 located on the bottom seam of the bag.

The potential for contamination was identified after routine testing and immediate corrective action has been taken. Distributors and retailers have been notified and requested to discard the affected products in stock. The company notified the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and is cooperating fully with the agency.

Customers who have purchased this product should discard it and contact place of purchase for a refund.

Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems if consumed raw. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

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Beef Meatballs Recalled in Canada for Possible Listeria Contamination

Nha Trang Deli is recalling Beef Balls from the Canadian marketplace due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Consumers should not eat the recalled product which was sold in 454 gram packages with Best Before Dates from 14-11-27 to 14-12-05 and a UPC code of 6 20937 00001 2

Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick. Symptoms can include vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headache and neck stiffness. Pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk. Although infected pregnant women may experience only mild, flu-like symptoms, the infection can lead to premature delivery, infection of the newborn or even stillbirth. In severe cases of illness, people may die.

This recall was triggered by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) test results. The CFIA is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of other products. If other high-risk products are recalled, the CFIA will notify the public through updated Food Recall Warnings.

There have been no illnesses reported in association with the consumption of this product.

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Whole Foods Raw Almonds Recalled for High Levels of Natural Chemical

Marin Food Specialties, Inc. of Byron, CA, is voluntarily recalling Organic Raw Almonds (bitter almonds) sold at Whole Foods Markets due to potentially elevated levels of the natural chemical hydrogen cyanide, according to laboratory test results.

The almonds were labeled as “Whole Foods Market Organic Raw Almonds Imported from Italy” and “Whole Foods Organic raw Almonds Imported from Spain” and packaged in 13.5 oz. plastic tubes.

Recalled almonds have sell-by dates from 4/8/15 to 6/7/15 with a UPC code of 9-99482-00071-7.

The recalled almonds were sold in Northern California, Oregon, Washington, Reno, Nevada and Idaho. A complete list of Whole Foods stores where the product was sold can be found in the recall notification.

Eating foods that contain high amounts of hydrogen cyanide (also known as prussic acid) may result in some of the following symptoms within minutes: dizziness, headache, nausea and vomiting, rapid breathing, rapid heart rate, restlessness and weakness.

Exposure to even higher quantities of hydrogen cyanide may cause even more serious health effects, including convulsions, loss of consciousness, low blood pressure, lung injury, slow heart rate, and respiratory failure leading to death.

No illnesses have been reported in association with this product. However, due to the time involved in tracing an illness back to a food source, it is impossible to say whether or not any illnesses have occurred.

All recalled almonds have reportedly been pulled from Whole Foods stores.

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Recalled Bean Sprouts Linked to 2 Listeria Deaths, 3 Hospitalizations

Two people have died and three others have been hospitalized after eating Listeria-contaminated bean sprouts produced by Wholesome Soy Products of Chicago, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The victims became ill between June and August 2014, but this is the first announcement of the outbreak. It was detected retroactively using whole-genome sequencing, a new technology for detecting outbreaks which utilizes DNA sequencing of bacteria.

Whole Soy Products recalled its mung bean sprout products on August 28 after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration found contamination of Listeria monocytogenes.

During FDA inspections of the company’s facilities in August, investigators cited the company for 12 instances of unsanitary conditions, and they isolated 25 samples of Listeria contamination during environmental testing.

The company shut down the facility from August 28 to September 15, and the FDA did not find any contamination on products after that date.

Another inspection in October, however, found another nine environmental samples with Listeria contamination and another 12 instances of unsanitary conditions, nine of which were the same problems from the August inspections.

The FDA is working with the company to ensure they don’t produce sprouts until they have adequate assurance that the products are no longer contaminated with Listeria. The Illinois Department of Public Health is also working to embargo all products from the company.

Whole-genome sequencing of infections in all five patients were found to be connected to the Listeria isolated from the production plant. The illnesses included four people from Illinois and one from Michigan.

The CDC, FDA and state health departments are continuing to work on this investigation and will release new information as it becomes available.

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Recalled Bean Sprouts Linked to 2 Listeria Deaths, 3 Hospitalizations

Two people have died and three others have been hospitalized after eating Listeria-contaminated bean sprouts produced by Wholesome Soy Products of Chicago, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The victims became ill between June and August 2014, but this is the first announcement of the outbreak. It was detected retroactively using whole-genome sequencing, a new technology for detecting outbreaks which utilizes DNA sequencing of bacteria.

Whole Soy Products recalled its mung bean sprout products on August 28 after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration found contamination of Listeria monocytogenes.

During FDA inspections of the company’s facilities in August, investigators cited the company for 12 instances of unsanitary conditions, and they isolated 25 samples of Listeria contamination during environmental testing.

The company shut down the facility from August 28 to September 15, and the FDA did not find any contamination on products after that date.

Another inspection in October, however, found another nine environmental samples with Listeria contamination and another 12 instances of unsanitary conditions, nine of which were the same problems from the August inspections.

The FDA is working with the company to ensure they don’t produce sprouts until they have adequate assurance that the products are no longer contaminated with Listeria. The Illinois Department of Public Health is also working to embargo all products from the company.

Whole-genome sequencing of infections in all five patients were found to be connected to the Listeria isolated from the production plant. The illnesses included four people from Illinois and one from Michigan.

The CDC, FDA and state health departments are continuing to work on this investigation and will release new information as it becomes available.

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Raw Macadamia Nuts Are Recalled for Possible Salmonella Contamination

Raw Macadamia nuts, some diced, and sold under the Shurfine, Western Family, Hyvee, Market Pantry, Pear’s Gourmet, Cash-Wa Distributing, Pegler Sysco, and Mayan Gold brands were recalled late Friday by Bellevue, NE-based Marathon Ventures Inc.

The recall came after the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found Salmonella contamination during routine testing. It’s too early to know if there are any illnesses associated with the recall.

Marathon said it has informed the FDA of its actions and is cooperating fully with the ongoing investigation.

Consumers who have purchased the items listed below should not consume this product and should return it to the store of purchase for a full refund or replacement.The recalled raw Macadamia nuts were sold after March 11, 2014, through grocery, food service and other retail outlets throughout the country.

The complete recall list with UPC and lot numbers can be found here.

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Recalled Mexican-Style Dairy Linked to Death, 3 Listeria Illnesses

Mexican-style dairy products manufactured by Oasis Brands, Inc. that were recalled for Listeria contamination earlier this year have now been linked to three cases of Listeria, including one death, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The illnesses occurred in September 2013, and June and August of 2014, and spread across New York, Tennessee and Texas. The patient from Tennessee died, and all three patients were hospitalized.

All three ill people were identified as being of Hispanic ethnicity and the two surviving patients reported eating Mexican-style soft cheese, but could not remember the brand.

In August 2014, Oasis Brands recalled a quesito casero product for possible contamination of Listeria. On October 6, the company recalled a cuajada en hoja product for the same reason, and then it recalled a number of other cheese products under the Lacteos Santa Martha brand name 10 days later.

Whole-genome sequencing of product samples from Oasis Brands suggests a possible link between those products and the illnesses. CDC says that the investigation is still ongoing.

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