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Northern Food I/E Issues Alert on Undeclared Sulfites in Havista White Fungus



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 29, 2010 – Northern Food I/E Inc. of Hicksville, NY, is recalling its 100 gram packages of Havista brand “white fungus” because they contain undeclared sulfites. People who have a sensitivity to sulfites run the risk of serious or life-threatening reactions if they consume this product.

The product comes in a 100 gram clear plastic bag with a multi-color label on the front and a white label on the back. The product is coded Best Before 09/10/2011. The recalled Havista brand “white fungus” was distributed in New York and New Jersey in retail stores.

The recall was initiated after routine sampling by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspectors and subsequent analysis by the Department’s Food Laboratory personnel revealed the presence of sulfites in the product, which were not declared on the label. The consumption of 10 milligrams of sulfites per serving has been reported to elicit severe reactions in some asthmatics. Anaphylactic shock could occur in certain sulfite sensitive individuals upon ingesting 10 milligrams or more of sulfites. Analysis of the Havista brand “white fungus” revealed it contained 124 milligrams per serving.

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

Consumers who purchased the 100 gram packages of Havista brand “white fungus” are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at (516) 942-9070.

Source: U.S. Food & Drug Administration

Written by systech.usa

April 30th, 2010 at 12:01 pm

MiDAS Foods International Recalls Instant Beef Soup Mix And Instant Beef Stroganoff Sauce Mix Because Of Possible Health Risk



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 27, 2010 – MiDAS Foods International of Oak Park, MI is recalling Instant Beef Soup dry mix and Instant Beef Stroganoff sauce mix because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which 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 (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

The dry soup mix and dry sauce mix were not distributed for retail sale to consumers. This notice is to make consumers who may inadvertently come across a package of this product aware of the recall. The products were distributed to food service establishments in the states of Florida and Tennessee.

The dry Instant Beef Soup Mix is packaged in brown cardboard cases dimension: 15″x 7.75″x 5.7″ with a brown label titled “Instant Beef Soup Mix” and bearing “Code: AS493060″; Mfg. Date: MAR 10, 2010-01 and produced by MiDAS Foods International / American Saucery. The individual units inside the box are 7″ x 6.5″ white plastic sealed pouches with plain black lettering “Instant Beef Soup” at the top, and the product code “AS493060″ in the bottom right of the text.

The dry beef stroganoff mix is packaged in brown cardboard cases dimension: 15″x 7.75″x 5.75″ with a white label titled “Instant Beef Stroganoff Sauce” and bearing “Code: AS605010″ in the lower right corner.; Mfg. Date: JAN 21, 2010-01 and produced by MiDAS Foods International / American Saucery. There is a single, unlabled clear plastic bag containing the mix inside the box.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

The recall is the result of notification by one of our vendors that a flavor used in the soup mix contained an HVP (hydrolyzed vegetable protein) produced by Basic Food Flavors of Nevada which had the potential to contain salmonella. Although the flavor used in the soup was tested by an independent lab, and found to be negative for the bacteria, we are proceeding with this notice for precautionary food safety reasons.

Although the soup and sauce mixes are not directly available to the public, if you have obtained a box or package of Instant Beef Soup mix or box of Instant Beef Stroganoff Sauce mix as described above, return it to the place you obtained it. Further information may be obtained by calling the manufacturer at (800) 328-8632 M-F between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:00 pm. EST

Source:  U.S. Food & Drug Administration

Written by systech.usa

April 28th, 2010 at 8:22 am

Purina Mills Undertakes Limited Recall of Strategy® Horse Feed and Layena® Poultry Feed



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — St. Louis, Mo., April 16, 2010 — Purina Mills, LLC, is voluntarily recalling two specific lots of 50-pound bags of Strategy® Professional Formula GX horse feed and one lot of Layena® SunFresh® Recipe Pellet poultry feed. The recall is being implemented due to the discovery of metal fragments in a limited number of bags from one of the Strategy® product lots. At the time the recall was issued, five customer complaints had been received. No animal health issues had been reported.

The products being recalled were manufactured in Nashville, Tennessee, on March 24-25, 2010. They were shipped to retailers and dealers in Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, Missouri and Virginia.

Only the following specific products and lot numbers are involved in the recall:

Formula No. Item No. Description Lot Number
35SS 0066547 Strategy® Professional Formula GX 0MAR24NST1A1
35SS 0066547 Strategy® Professional Formula GX 0MAR24NST2A1
61R3 0056922 Layena® SunFresh® Recipe Pellet 0MAR25NST2A1

The lot number is found on the sewing strip of each bag and is interpreted as follows:
0=Year / MAR=Month / 24=Day of Month / NST1A1=Plant Code.

Customers with products that do not have the specified lot numbers are not affected by the recall.

Customers who have purchased the recalled products should not store or feed the products and are asked to return unused product to their dealer for replacement.

Customer questions or concerns may be directed to the company’s Nashville Customer Service Office at 800-424-5234.

Source: U.S. Food & Drug Administration

Written by systech.usa

April 19th, 2010 at 9:15 am

Undeclared Sulfites in “Nut Tree Health Mix”



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 16, 2010 – New York State Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker today alerted consumers that Green Land, 212-03 48th Avenue, Oakland Garden, New York 11364, is voluntarily recalling “Nut Tree Health Mix” due to the presence of undeclared sulfites. People who have severe sensitivity to sulfites may run the risk of serious or life-threatening reactions if they consume this product.

The recalled “Nut Tree Health Mix” is packaged in 8 ounce, square plastic tubs and coded DATE: SEP 28 10 in black ink on the product label. The product was distributed in the metropolitan New York area. It is a product of the United States, Turkey and the Philippines.

Routine sampling by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets’ food inspectors and subsequent analysis of the product by the New York State Food Laboratory personnel revealed the product contained high levels of sulfites which were not declared on the label. The consumption of 10 milligrams of sulfites per serving has been reported to elicit severe reactions in some asthmatics. Anaphylactic shock could occur in certain sulfite sensitive individuals upon ingesting 10 milligrams or more of sulfites.

No illnesses have been reported to date to this Department in connection with this product. Consumers who have purchased “Nut Tree Health Mix” should return the product to place of purchase.

Source: U.S. Food & Drug Administration

Written by systech.usa

April 19th, 2010 at 9:13 am

StarKist Co. Initiates Limited Regional Voluntary Recall of Two SeaSations® Products Due to Undeclared Allergen



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 15, 2010 – Pittsburgh – As a precautionary measure, due to mislabeling, StarKist Co. is initiating a voluntary recall of two SeaSations® frozen white whole fish fillet products – Thai with Basil, UPC # 80000 50007 and Teriyaki Orange and Ginger, UPC # 80000 50112. All 11.4 oz packages of these two varieties have been recalled, regardless of Best By Date or Manufacturing Code. SeaSations is a test market product, and is therefore in limited retail distribution in the following states: Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.

All other varieties of SeaSations are correctly labeled and therefore are not affected by this voluntary recall. Additionally, noStarKist® tuna products are included in this recall.

StarKist Co. is voluntarily recalling these two SeaSations varieties due to the presence of wheat, which was not declared as an allergen in the ingredient statement. People who are allergic to wheat may run a risk of serious adverse health consequences by consuming this product. To date, no illnesses have been reported – individuals without an allergy to wheat may continue to enjoy this product.

All SeaSations are 100% guaranteed. Consumers can contact the StarKist Consumer Hotline at (800) 252-1587 for further information about the voluntary recall and for instructions on obtaining replacement product. StarKist is working with the FDA in issuing this voluntary recall. We regret this inconvenience to our customers and consumers, and we remain committed to providing nutritious products of the highest quality.

Source:  U.S. Food & Drug Administration

Written by systech.usa

April 16th, 2010 at 3:59 pm

Response Products Voluntarily Recalls Advanced Cetyl M Joint Action Formula for Dogs Because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 12, 2010 – Response Products, Broken Bow, NE is voluntarily recalling Cetyl M for Dogs, lot numbers 1210903 and 0128010, due to a possible Salmonella contamination from the hydrolyzed vegetable protein component provided by Basic Foods of Las Vegas, NV. Tests conducted by Basic Foods to detect Salmonella produced negative results; however, Response Products has determined to recall the above-referenced lots.

People who handle dry pet food and/or treats can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the chews or any surfaces exposed to these products. Healthy people infected withSalmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, 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. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

Cetyl M for Dogs was distributed nation-wide through direct sales, retail stores, veterinarians and online retailers.

The above-referenced lots of Cetyl M for Dogs were distributed in either a 120-count bottle (shipped between January 8, 2010 and April 2, 2010) or a 360-count bottle (shipped between February 11, 2010 and April 2, 2010). The affected lot numbers are as follows: #1210903 and 0128010. The lot number can be found directly above the bar code on the label. These lots were sent out in the time periods as set out above. This product is in tablet-form, is approximately the size of a dime and is light brown in coloring.

To date, Response Products has received no reports of illness associated with the use of this product. Response Products recently learned that the FDA and Basic Foods of Las Vegas, NV, the producer of one of the components of the affected product’s vegetable beef flavoring, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, had detected Salmonella in Basic Food’s facility and had issued a recall on said component. The manufacturer of the vegetable beef flavoring used in Cetyl M for Dogs, tested the hydrolyzed vegetable beef protein for Salmonella and the results were negative. However, due to the concern regarding Salmonella in Basic Foods’ facility, it decided to recall two lots (only one lot affected our product) of said vegetable beef flavoring. The finished product manufacturer of Cetyl M for Dogs had tests performed on both the raw materials used to make our product and also the finished product, and all tested negative for Salmonella, however, it has issued a voluntary recall on two lots (see lot numbers listed above) of Cetyl M for Dogs.

Response Products requires that testing for Salmonella and other harmful pathogens is completed during the manufacturing process. Even though the testing performed at each level of the process showed negative results for Salmonella, in an effort to produce the highest quality product for our customers, Response Products ceased distributing the dog product in the above-referenced lots and is issuing a voluntary recall on its Cetyl M for Dogs in the affected lot numbers. In addition to the testing listed above, Response Products sent samples from said lots, as well as from lot produced after those lots, to an independent laboratory, and all samples received a negative result for Salmonella.

Response Products continues to investigate the cause of the problem and continues to be committed to producing a high-quality, effective product for dogs.

Consumers who have purchased the listed lots of Cetyl M for Dogs are urged to contact Response Products or the place of purchase for further direction. Consumers may contact Response Products at 1-877-266-9757, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm CST.

Source:  U.S. Food & Drug Administration

Written by systech.usa

April 16th, 2010 at 3:51 pm

Precautionary Recall issued for H-E-B French Onion Dip



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 9, 2010 – H-E-B, committed to the safety of customers, is issuing a precautionary recall for H-E-B French Onion Dip. H-E-B is expanding the recall announced Thursday. In addition to the product with code dates of 4/15/2010 and 4/20/2010, new affected code dates are 4/23/2010 and 4/24/2010 in the 8 ounce, 16 ounce and 24 ounce sizes.

The product is being recalled due to possible salmonella contamination. Only the French Onion flavor is impacted by this recall. Customers who purchased the affected product can return the product to the store for a full refund.

No illnesses have been reported. The recall is only a precaution. Customers with any questions or concerns can contact H-E-B Customer Service at 210-938-8357.

Source:  U.S. Food & Drug Administration

Written by systech.usa

April 16th, 2010 at 3:45 pm

Mccormick & Company Recalls Mccormick Fajitas Seasoning Mix Due To Unlabeled Wheat And Milk Ingredients



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 07, 2010 – SPARKS, MD – McCormick & Company, Incorporated (NYSE:MKC) has announced a voluntary recall of McCormick Fajitas Seasoning Mix, with UPC Code 5210002121 and “BEST BY” dates of JAN 16 12 AH and JAN 16 12 CH.  McCormick Fajitas Seasoning Mix packages with these date codes contain undeclared wheat and milk ingredients.  People who have allergies to wheat or milk run the risk of serious or life threatening allergic reactions if they consume this product.

The McCormick Fajita Seasoning Mix packages were distributed to grocery stores nationally beginning on February 15, 2010.  The product is available in 1.12 oz. pouches, and the date code is found printed in black on the back, at the bottom of the pouch. The “BEST BY” dates of JAN1612AH and CH are the only date codes affected by the recall.

The recall was initiated after it was discovered that product was mispackaged, and as a result, the ingredient statement on the package did not list wheat and milk as ingredients.

No illnesses or allergic reactions have been reported to date.  No other McCormick products are involved in this recall.

All grocery outlets that sell McCormick Fajitas Seasoning Mix packages have been notified to remove the affected product (UPC Code 5210002121 and a “BEST BY” date of JAN1612AH and JAN1612CH) from their shelves immediately.  Consumers do not need to return the product to the store where it was purchased.  Instead, consumers are urged to contact McCormick’s Consumer Affairs team at 1-800-632-5847, weekdays from 9:30 AM to 9:00 PM, or weekends from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM (Eastern Time), for a replacement or full refund, as well as instructions on what to do with the product.

This recall is being made with the knowledge of the Food and Drug Administration. The company is also issuing an alert through the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network.

Source:  U.S. Food & Drug Administration

Written by systech.usa

April 16th, 2010 at 3:40 pm

Del Bueno Recalls Queso Fresco Because of Possible Health Risk



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — Del Bueno of Grandview, WA is recalling 16oz. packages of Queso Fresco Fresh Cheese because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which 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.

Queso Fresco Fresh Cheese was distributed to retail markets in Washington and one in Hermiston,Oregon.

The cheese is packaged in round 16oz clear plastic and is marked on the back with a code date; all codes between May 24th, 2010 through May 30th, 2010 are being recalled.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

The recall is the result of a routine sampling program by Washington State Department of Agriculture which revealed that the cheese is contaminated with Listeria.  The company has notified their customers and has pulled the product from retail stores.  Del Bueno is working with FDA to conduct the recall.

Consumers who have purchased Del Bueno brand Queso Fresco are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.  Consumers with questions may contact the company at 425-503-3823 between 8:00am and 4:00pm Pacific time.

Source:  U.S. Food & Drug Administration

Written by systech.usa

April 16th, 2010 at 3:34 pm

Whole Foods Market Voluntarily Recalls Frozen Whole Catch Yellow Fin Tuna Steaks Due To Possible Health Risks



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 4, 2010 – Whole Foods Market announced the recall of its Whole Catch Yellow fin Tuna Steaks (frozen) with a best by date of Dec 5th, 2010 because of possible elevated levels of histamine that may result in symptoms that generally appear within minutes to an hour after eating the affected fish. No other Whole Foods Market, Whole Catch, 365 or 365 Organic products are affected.

The product, sold in twelve ounce bags with Best by Date: exp 05 DEC 2010 with Lot Code: 4853309157A and displays the following UPC code:

  • 0-99482-42078-9 Whole Catch Yellow fin Tuna Steaks (Frozen) 12 oz.

High levels of histamine can produce an allergic reaction called scombroid poisoning when the fish is consumed. The following are the most common symptoms of scombroid poisoning: tingling or burning sensation in the mouth, facial swelling, rash, hives and itchy skin, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. However, each individual may experience symptoms differently.

There have been two reported incidents by consumers. Whole Foods Market feels that while these were isolated incidents, every precautionary measure should be taken when it comes to consumer health and safety. This recall does not impact any other fish or seafood sold by Whole Foods Market.

If consumers have this product with the indicated UPC code and Best By date, they may return it to the store for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company by calling 512-542-0656.

Whole Foods Market has removed the affected lot code from all store shelves. Product was distributed to 28 states plus the District of Columbia including Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Ohio, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Missouri, Michigan, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina, Tennessee, North Carolina, Connecticut, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Rhode Island, Maine and Washington, D.C.

Source:  U.S. Food & Drug Administration

Written by systech.usa

April 16th, 2010 at 3:30 pm