Archive for July 9th, 2010
Miravalle Foods Inc. Recalls Chile California & Chile Nuevo Mexico Peppers Because of Possible Health Risk
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — July 8, 2010 – Miravalle Foods, Inc. S. El Monte, CA is recalling 37,318 lbs. of “Miravalle Chile California & Miravalle Chile Nuevo Mexico” Brand Peppers” distributed between March 15th and May 6th 2010 to some customers in CA, CO, UT, NC, NE, ID, OR and NV because they have 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 recalled Peppers distributed to a small group of customers through direct delivery, distributors and retail stores are in 3oz. (UPC Code: 7 12810-00301 & 7 12810-00304), 6 oz. (UPC Code: 7 12810-60001 & 7 1280-60004), 8oz. (UPC Code: 7 12810-00802 & 7 12810-00803) and 16 oz. (UPC Code: 7 12810-16005 & 7 12810-16007) clear plastic packages under the “Miravalle Chile California & Miravalle Chile Nuevo Mexico” Brand and in bulk 25lb. boxes.
No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem. The potential for contamination was noted after lab analysis of a random sample of the affected product conducted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) revealed the presence of Salmonella.
Production of the product has been suspended while the FDA and the company continue their investigation as to the source of the problem. Consumers who have purchased any of the affected Peppers are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-626-575-7551 between 8am and 4pm PST.
All retailers who receive this product are asked to reconfirm with their distribution centers and all individual stores to ensure that none of the affected Peppers remains in their inventory or at store locations. A separate notification will be forwarded to all relevant customers that received product between March 15th and May 6th 2010. For additional details, retailers are asked to contact their Miravalle Foods, Inc. customer service representative.
Source: U.S. Food & Drug Administration
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — July 8, 2010 – J. Hellman Frozen Foods, Inc. of Los Angeles, CA is recalling 992 cases (4,960 retail units) of Señor Mexicano™ Avocado Pulp, 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.
Señor Mexicano™ Avocado Pulp was distributed in California and Hawaii. Dates and Product Codes as follows: Señor Mexicano™ Avocado Pulp, 2lbs bags (UPC Code 7 503012 650001) with the following Lot number: A 21 04 10 / A 21 04 12.
There have been no illnesses reported in accordance with this recall.
J. Hellman Frozen Foods, Inc. is collaborating with the FDA. This recall notification is being issued out of an abundance of caution based on a confirmed positive result for Listeria monocytogenes in a random sample test conducted by the FDA.
We have notified all of our customers who have received the product in question and have directed them to remove it from their shelves and return to us as soon as possible. Because it is possible that products bearing the Lot number A 21 04 10 / A 21 04 12 were further distributed and could be on store shelves and in consumer homes, this recall is being extended to the general public.
We are confident in our safety program and committed to continuing a safe supply of ready to use frozen avocado pulp.
Any Questions or comments please call Greg Abadjian, Director of Food Safety at 213‐243‐9105 between the hours of 4 A.M. to 9:30 A.M.
Instructions for Consumers:
Check your refrigerator/freezers for Señor Mexicano™ Avocado Pulp with the above Lot number. The Lot number can be found on a sticker affixed to the package. Consumers who have the affected product are asked to record the Lot number, and immediately dispose of the product or return to place of purchase for a refund.
Instructions for Retailers/Distributors:
Immediately examine your inventory and quarantine product subject to recall. If you have product purchased between these dates, please with the affected Lot number contact us immediately and return this product as soon as possible in order to credit your account accordingly.
Please identify your customers and notify them at once of this product recall. Your notification to your customers may include a copy of this recall notification.
Source: U.S. Food & Drug Administration