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organicgirl Produce Announces Limited Precautionary Recall of 10 oz organicgirl Baby Spinach with Use-by Date of May 22 Due to Possible Health Concern



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — May 27, 2010 Salinas, California – organicgirl Produce is voluntarily recalling a limited number of cases of 10 oz organicgirl Baby Spinach with an expired Use-by Date of May 22 and Product Code 11A061167 because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The recall includes only 336 cases of the 10 oz. package size of organicgirl Baby Spinach with the Use-by Date of May 22 sold in six states:  Alabama, North Carolina, Oregon, Wisconsin, Arizona and California. No other organicgirl Baby Spinach products or other salads are included in the recall.

The recall notification is being issued out of an abundance of caution due to an isolated instance in which a single package of organicgirl Baby Spinach was confirmed positive for Salmonella in a random sample test collected and conducted by a third-party laboratory for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.  No illnesses have been reported in association with the recall.

Salmonella is an organism that may cause fever, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and possibly bloody diarrhea in healthy individuals and serious and sometimes fatal infections in individuals with weakened or compromised immune systems, such as young children and the elderly. Consumers who may experience these symptoms should consult a doctor.

The precautionary recall action is being conducted to reach retailers as well as consumers although it is unlikely that any of the expired baby spinach products remain in commerce or on grocery store shelves.  The recall notification alerts consumers who may still have a potentially affected package of the product at home to immediately discard it.

organicgirl Produce is coordinating closely with state and federal regulators and is also conducting a thorough internal investigation.  organicgirl Produce immediately conducted a traceability analysis and an appraisal of its food safety documentation, which were all in compliance. Additionally, organicgirl raw product testing records for the relevant time period did not show the presence of any pathogens.

Consumers
Consumers in the six states are being asked to check their refrigerators for the 10 oz. package size of organicgirl Baby Spinach with a Use-by Date of May 22 and Product Code of 11A061167. Consumers should not consume the potentially affected product, but rather should discard it. Consumers with questions may call the organicgirl Produce consumer hotline at 831-758-7810, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Pacific Standard Time.

Retailers
Retailers are asked to check their inventories and store shelves to confirm that none of the potentially affected product is present or available for purchase by consumers. organicgirl Produce customer service representatives have already contacted retailers in the six states affected.

Source:  U.S. Food & Drug Administration

Written by systech.usa

May 27th, 2010 at 4:00 pm

Wally’s Nut House, LLC ISSUES ALLERGY ALERT ON UNDECLARED MILK, SOY, AND WHEAT IN THE FOLLOWING PRODUCTS: “Tailgate Crunch Mix, Sweet Cajun Heat Mix, Country Western Mix, Cranberry Raisin Mix, Party Mix, Hot ‘n Spicy Mix, and Louisiana Cajun Mix”



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — 5-27-2010 – Oak Grove, MO – Wally’s Nut House, LLC of Oak Grove, MO, is recalling its 16 ounce packages of Tailgate Crunch Mix, Sweet Cajun Heat Mix, Country Western Mix, Cranberry Raisin Mix, Party Mix, Hot ‘n Spicy Mix, and Louisiana Cajun Mix snack mixes because they may contain undeclared milk, soy, and/or wheat. People who have allergies to milk, soy, and wheat run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

The recalled products were sold through fundraising events in Kansas and Missouri and through mail order nationwide.
The product is packaged in 16-ounce clear plastic bags with a resealable opening.  The product labels do not include any codes or expiration dating.

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

The recall was initiated after labeling omissions were discovered.  Production of the product has been suspended until the FDA and Wally’s Nut House are certain that the problem has been corrected.

Consumers who have purchased 16 ounce packages of Tailgate Crunch Mix, Sweet Cajun Heat Mix, Country Western Mix, Cranberry Raisin Mix, Party Mix, Hot ‘n Spicy Mix, and Louisiana Cajun Mix are urged to contact Wally’s Nut House for resolution.  Consumers with questions may contact Wally’s Nut House at 1-800-748-7041 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Source:  US.S Food & Drug Administration

Written by systech.usa

May 27th, 2010 at 3:53 pm

Wally’s Nut House, LLC Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk, Soy, and Wheat in the Following Products: “Tailgate Crunch Mix, Sweet Cajun Heat Mix, Country Western Mix, Cranberry Raisin Mix, Party Mix, Hot ‘n Spicy Mix, and Louisiana Cajun Mix”



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 27, 2010 – Wally’s Nut House, LLC of Oak Grove, MO, is recalling its 16 ounce packages of Tailgate Crunch Mix, Sweet Cajun Heat Mix, Country Western Mix, Cranberry Raisin Mix, Party Mix, Hot ‘n Spicy Mix, and Louisiana Cajun Mix snack mixes because they may contain undeclared milk, soy, and/or wheat. People who have allergies to milk, soy, and wheat run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

The recalled products were sold through fundraising events in Kansas and Missouri and through mail order nationwide.

The product is packaged in 16-ounce clear plastic bags with a resealable opening. The product labels do not include any codes or expiration dating.

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

The recall was initiated after labeling omissions were discovered. Production of the product has been suspended until the FDA and Wally’s Nut House are certain that the problem has been corrected.

Consumers who have purchased 16 ounce packages of Tailgate Crunch Mix, Sweet Cajun Heat Mix, Country Western Mix, Cranberry Raisin Mix, Party Mix, Hot ‘n Spicy Mix, and Louisiana Cajun Mix are urged to contact Wally’s Nut House for resolution. Consumers with questions may contact Wally’s Nut House at 1-800-748-7041 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Source:  U.S. Food & Drug Administration

Written by systech.usa

May 27th, 2010 at 3:51 pm

So Shing Hing (USA) Trading Co Ltd Issues an Alert on Undeclared Sulfites in Dried Melon



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 24, 2010 – So Shing Hing (USA) Trading Co Ltd is recalling DRIED MELON because the product was found to contain undeclared sulfites. Consumers who have severe sensitivity to sulfites run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reactions if they consume this product.

The recalled DRIED MELON was distributed in NYC Metro Area in 10 oz. clear plastic bags, with item number 520 and bar code number 4893230928048. The DRIED MELON is a product of China.

The DRIED MELON was sampled by a New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspector during a routine inspection. Subsequent analysis of the product by New York State Food Laboratory personnel revealed the presence of sulfites in the 10 oz packages of DRIED MELON 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 DRIED MELON revealed they contained 1199 .4 PPM.

No illnesses or allergic reactions involving this product have been reported to date.

Consumers that have purchased DRIED MELON are advised not to eat it and should return it to the place of purchase. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-347-617-1930.

Source:  U.S. Food & Drug Administration

Written by systech.usa

May 26th, 2010 at 12:09 pm

Fresh Express Recalls Romaine-based Salads with Use-by Dates of May 13-16th Due to Possible Health Risk



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — May 24, 2010 – Salinas, California – Fresh Express, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Chiquita Brands International, is voluntarily recalling a specific selection of Fresh Express Romaine-based ready-to-eat salads with the expired Use-by Dates of May 13th through May 16th and an “S” in the Product Code because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The recall extends only to products with these Use-by Dates and Product Codes and sold in the following states: Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Louisiana, Nebraska, Montana, Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Nevada, Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, North Dakota, and South Dakota. No other Fresh Express salads are included in the recall.

The recall notification is being issued out of an abundance of caution based on an isolated instance in which a single package of Fresh Express Hearts of Romaine Salad with a use by date of May 15 was confirmed positive for Salmonella in a random sample test conducted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Salmonella is an organism that may cause fever, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and possibly bloody diarrhea in healthy individuals. It can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Consumers with these symptoms should consult their health care provider.

Because it is still possible that products bearing the Use-by Dates of May 13th -16th and an “S” in the Product Code could be on store shelves, this recall extends to retailers as well as consumers. Fresh Express’ experience is that it is highly unlikely that any of the potentially affected salads are still on store shelves or for sale to consumers due to the expired Use-by Dates. Fresh Express believes that it is important to alert consumers who might still possess one of the potentially affected expired salads to immediately dispose of it.

Fresh Express is collaborating closely with FDA and immediately upon learning of the single confirmed positive test completed a companywide product traceability review.

Salads included in the recall notification include the specific selection of Fresh Express Romaine-based salads listed below with Use-by Dates of May 13th through May 16th and an “S” in the Produce Code. No other Fresh Express salads are included in the recall.

Instructions for Consumers:
Check your refrigerator for Fresh Express Romaine-based salads with use-by dates of May 13th through May 16th and an “S” in the Product Code. The Use-by Date is found in the upper right hand corner of the package with the Product Code located immediately underneath. For Fresh Express Gourmet Café Salads, the Use-by Date and Product Code are located on the bottom of the salad bowl.

Consumers who may have potentially affected product are asked to make a note of the Use-by Date and Product Code, immediately dispose of the product, and contact a Fresh Express consumer representative toll-free at (800) 242-5472, 24 hours per day, Monday – Friday, to obtain a full refund.

Instructions for Retailers:
All Product Codes indicated are well-beyond their Use-by Date, however, retailers are asked to reconfirm with their distribution centers and all individual stores to ensure that no product remains in their inventory or at store locations. A separate letter and instructions will be forwarded to all relevant Fresh Express customers. For additional details, retailers are asked to contact their Fresh Express customer service representative.

Source:  U.S. Food & Drug Administration

Written by systech.usa

May 25th, 2010 at 9:36 am

Caldwell Fresh Foods Recalls Alfalfa Sprouts Because of Possible Health Risks



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 21, 2010 – Caldwell Fresh Foods, of Maywood, CA, is voluntarily recalling all alfalfa sprouts manufactured under the Caldwell Fresh Foods, Nature’s Choice, and California Exotics brands, because the alfalfa sprouts may be contaminated with Salmonella.

Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. Consumers with the above symptoms should consult their physician.

Caldwell alfalfa sprouts have been associated with an outbreak of Salmonella Newport that has sickened more than 20 people in 10 states, including 11 people in California. The latest known illness is May 2, 2010; many of those who have become sick reported eating raw alfalfa sprouts. There have been no deaths reported, but 4 cases have been hospitalized.

The recalled alfalfa sprouts are labeled and packaged as follows:

  • Caldwell Fresh Foods – 4-ounce plastic cups and one pound plastic bags, and 2-pound and 5 pound plastic bags in cardboard boxes with sticker affixed with the printed words Caldwell Fresh Foods.
  • Nature’s Choice – 4-ounce plastic cups
  • California Exotics brands – 5-ounce plastic clamshell containers

The alfalfa sprouts were distributed to a variety of restaurants, delicatessens and retailers nationwide. In California, our products are sold at Kings Super Market, Numero Uno Stores, Cárdenas Markets, Trader Joe’s Stores, Gonzalez Northgate Markets, Wal-Mart stores Jons Markets, and Canton Foods.

Caldwell Fresh Foods alfalfa sprouts not affected by this recall will have a bright, round, green sticker affixed to the lids and labels.

Consumers who are experiencing illness after consuming our sprouts should seek medical attention. Consumers that have purchased alfalfa sprouts manufactured by Caldwell Fresh Foods are urged to return them to the place of purchase for refund or dispose of them. Consumers with questions may contact Maurie Thomas at (323) 589-5008 from 4 am to 4 pm (PST) or (562) 858-1201 (24 hours).

Source:  U.S. Food & Drug Administration

Written by systech.usa

May 21st, 2010 at 2:09 pm

Vanlaw Food Products, Inc. Announces Voluntary Recall of Valu Time Brand Ranch Dressing



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 20, 2010 – FULLERTON, CALIFORNIA – VanLaw Food Products, Inc. is initiating a voluntary recall of VALU TIME brand Ranch Dressing with code date of Use by APR 21 11. The back label was mislabeled with VALU TIME Light Ranch Dressing and in particular the label is missing an egg allergen declaration. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to eggs run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this mislabeling. We are working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on this voluntary recall. Providing safe, high quality products to our consumers is our number one priority.

The products were distributed to a limited number of Save Mart/Food Maxx stores located in Northern California. There are approximately 378.5 cases (2,271 bottles) that may have been purchased by consumers with this particular code date of APR 21 11. The code can be found above the back label on the bottle. No other VALU TIME products and/or code dates are involved by this voluntary recall.

Consumers who have purchased the specific recalled products are advised not to consume them and to return the product to their point of purchase for a refund. Consumers with questions may contact Suzanne Gibson at (714)870-9091 (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. PST).

Source:  U.S. Food & Drug Administration

Written by systech.usa

May 21st, 2010 at 8:04 am

Rise ‘N Roll Bakery Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk in “Gourmet Cookie Mixes”



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 20, 2010 – Rise ‘N Roll Bakery of Middlebury, IN, is recalling all varieties of its 20 ounce jars of Rise ‘N Roll Specialties “Gourmet Cookie Mixes” because they may contain undeclared Milk products. People who have allergies toMilk run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products

The recalled “Gourmet Cookie Mixes” were distributed throughout the Midwest in retail stores and through mail orders.

The Rise ‘N Roll Specialties “Gourmet Cookie Mixes” are packaged in 20 ounce glass jars. The products do not bear UPC codes. The varieties affected by this recall are:

CHEWY OATMEAL GOURMET COOKIE MIX
CHOC-CHOCOLATE DELIGHT GOURMET COOKIE MIX
HINT O’ MINT GOURMET COOKIE MIX
INCREDIBLE CHOCOLATE CHIP GOURMET COOKIE MIX
OAT-RAGEOUS ‘N SWEET GOURMET COOKIE MIX
REESES’ TREAT GOURMET COOKIE MIX

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

The recall was initiated after it was discovered that the milk-containing product was distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of milk. Subsequent investigation indicates the problem was caused by a temporary breakdown in the company’s production and the packaging processes.

Production of the product was suspended until FDA and the company are certain that the problem has been corrected.

Consumers who have purchased the 20 ounce jars of Gourmet Cookies Mixes are urged to contact Rise ‘N Roll Bakery at 1-574-825-4032, Monday – Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Eastern Standard Time.

Source:  U.S. Food & Drug Administration

Written by systech.usa

May 20th, 2010 at 3:00 pm

Rise ‘N Roll Bakery Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Egg in “Peanut Butter Spread”



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 20, 2010 – Rise ‘N Roll Bakery of Middlebury, IN, is recalling its 16 ounce jars of “Peanut Butter Spread” because they may contain undeclared Egg products. People who have allergies to Egg run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

The recalled “Peanut Butter Spread” was distributed in Indiana in retail stores.

The product comes in a 16 ounce glass jar and is labeled RISE ‘N ROLL PEANUT BUTTER SPREAD. The product does not bear a UPC code.

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

The recall was initiated after it was discovered that the egg-containing product was distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of egg. Subsequent investigation indicates the problem was caused by a temporary breakdown in the company’s production and the packaging processes.

Production of the product was suspended until FDA and the company are certain that the problem has been corrected.

Consumers who have purchased the 16 ounce jars of Peanut Butter Spread are urged to contact Rise ‘N Roll Bakery at 1-574-825-4032, Monday – Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Eastern Standard Time.

Source:  U.S. Food & Drug Administration

Written by systech.usa

May 20th, 2010 at 2:58 pm

Dominguez Family Enterprises Issues Allergy Alert on Mexican Bread Product



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 18, 2010 – Dominguez Family Enterprises, of Hood River, Ore., is voluntarily recalling three Mexican bread products due to undeclared Whey (Milk), Soy Flour, and Wheat. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to Whey (Milk), Soy Flour, and Wheat could run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consumed these products.

The recalled products are “Juanita’s Brand” Cuernos, Pan Huevo and Ojos Mexican breads. They are packaged 6-count in a clear plastic clamshell container with a white, red and green label. Cuernos is a croissant-like product; Pan Huevo has pink, white, yellow, & chocolate topping; and Ojos is red and rolled in coconut flakes. If you have any of these products with the “best by” dates of 5/12/2010 though 6/05/2010, please return to the retail store and ask for a refund.

Products were distributed in five retail stores in Oregon, five retail stores in Washington, and one retail store in Anchorage, Alaska.

No illnesses have been reported in connection with this issue.

The Oregon Department of Agricultures (ODA) discovered the error during an inspection on May 11, 2010. Products distributed in the future will have new labels that list the allergens. For further information you may call Dominguez Family Enterprises at 541-386-6311 from 8 am-4 pm (PDT), Monday to Friday or email to INFO@Juanitasfinefoods.com, or 888-463-6332.

Source:  U.S. Food & Drug Administration

Written by systech.usa

May 18th, 2010 at 2:39 pm