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Parkers Farm, Inc. Expands Recall to Include All of Its Products, Regardless of Code Dates, Because of Possible Health Risk



Parkers Farm, Inc. of Coon Rapids, Minnesota today expanded the previously announced recall of products to include all date codes because they have the potential to be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infection in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term sympotms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

The recall originally announced 01/08/2010 affected product with sell by dates of specific ranges. The expanded recall now includes all products and all sell by dates. The recalled products were distributed nationwide in the following retail stores: Hy-Vee, Cub, Rainbow, Byerlys, Lunds, Target, Whole Foods, Jewel, Dominicks, Marsh, Price Chopper, Shop Rite, Nash Finch, Sams Club, Costco, Safeway, Kroger, Wal-Mart, and Aldi.

The recall was a result of a sampling done by the state of Wisconsin and the state of Minnesota which revealed that some finished products contained the bacteria. The state of Minneosta, FDA, and the company continue their investigation as to what caused the problem. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at (800) 869-6685.

For the ultimate safety of our customer and in order to create less confusion for them, Parkers Farm, Inc. Has decided to include all of its products, regardless of date codes in this recall.

Source: U. S. Food and Drug Administration

Written by systech.usa

January 29th, 2010 at 9:40 am

OMIC USA Inc. an Exhibitor at NWFPA Expo 2010



Visit the OMIC USA Exhibit at NWFPA Expo 2010

OMIC USA Inc. recently participated in The Northwest Food Manufacturing & Packaging Expo (Expo) 2010, which was held on January 18-20, 2010.

The event, which is held annually in Portland, Oregon, is considered to be the largest regional Food Processing Expo in North America, attracting nearly 4,000 food processing industry professionals from across the country. In addition to featuring over 440 exhibitor booths in the SOLUTIONS Marketplace Exhibit Hall, the event offered industry-relevant sessions featuring high level speakers.

Expo 2010 provided an excellent opportunity for OMIC USA Inc. to unveil a number of new analytical laboratory services, including food allergen testing and nutritional quality testing, to a large targeted audience.

Our next major event: the IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo held July 17-20 in Chicago, Illinois. Drop by the OMIC USA Inc. booth (#5981) and say hello!

Written by systech.usa

January 29th, 2010 at 9:34 am

FDA Health Alert: Merrick Beef Filet Squares Dog Treats



The U. S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to use Merrick Beef Filet Squares for dogs distributed by Merrick Pet Care with a package date of “Best By 111911” because the product may be contaminated with Salmonella.  The product was distributed nationwide through retail stores and Internet sales.

Although no illnesses associated with these products have been reported, the FDA is advising consumers in possession of these products not to handle or feed them to their pets.

In December 2009, the FDA conducted routine testing of Merrick Beef Filet Squares and detected a positive finding for Salmonella. A follow-up inspection found deficiencies in the packaging and manufacturing processes.

Salmonella can affect both humans and animals. People handling dry pet treats can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the treats or any surfaces exposed to these products. Consumers should dispose of these products in a safe manner by securing them in a covered trash receptacle.

Healthy people infected with Salmonella may experience some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Although rare, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments including arterial infections, endocarditis (inflammation of the lining of the heart), arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their health care provider immediately.

Pets with Salmonella infections may become lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Some pets may experience only a 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 any of the affected product or is experiencing any of these symptoms, contact your veterinarian immediately.

The affected Merrick Beef Filet Squares were packaged in a 10-ounce green, red and tan re-sealable plastic bag. The “best by” date is imprinted on the top portion of the bag, which is torn off when the bag is opened. The FDA recommends that consumers who are unable to determine the “best by” date discontinue use of the product.

Source: U. S. Food and Drug Administration

Written by systech.usa

January 28th, 2010 at 4:39 pm

Recall: The Wisconsin Cheeseman® Cheese Logs & Cheese Balls



The Wisconsin Cheeseman® has announced a recall of its cheese log and cheese ball products purchased from Parkers Farm, Inc. The recall is attributed to concerns regarding possible Listeria monocytogenes bacteria contamination.

According to the FDA,

Nine of the recalled products are cheese logs/cheese balls purchased from Parkers Farm, Inc. and then distributed by The Wisconsin Cheeseman®. These products bear the Parkers Farm logo. None of the other recalled products at Parkers Farm, Inc. was purchased or distributed by The Wisconsin Cheeseman®.

The Wisconsin Cheeseman® Food Gifts Impacted by Recall:

Sausage ‘N Cheese Logs – Gift #11

Cheese Logs & Cutting Board – Gift #87

Smorgasbord – Gift #325

Cheese Log Trio – Gift #365

Cheese Logs – Gift #411

Cheese Ball Trio – Gift #441

Cheese Logs – Gift #509

Snacker Pack – Gift #751

Cheese Balls & Sausages – Gift #876

Consumers who have these products in their possession should not consume them. Product should be returned to The Wisconsin Cheeseman® for a refund or replacement. Consumers who believe they may have become ill after consuming these products should contact their health care provider. The Wisconsin Cheeseman® has not received any complaints or reports of illness associated with these products.

Listeria monocytogenes bacteria, which is known to cause meningitis in newborn children, is  associated with such foods as raw milk, raw vegetables, raw and cooked poultry, all types of raw meat, raw and smoked fish, cheeses, and ice cream.

Written by systech.usa

January 28th, 2010 at 4:20 pm