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Elise Grace’s Dry Food Company Issues Nationwide Allergy Alert Because Of Undeclared Allergens In Their Dry Food Products Line



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 26, 2011 – Elsie Grace’s Dry Food Company of Frankfort, Kansas is issuing a recall of some dip mix and soup mix products because they may contain undeclared milk, soy, or wheat. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk, soy, or wheat run the risk of serious or life threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. The complete list of these identified products is at the end of this press release.

The recalled Elsie Grace’s products were distributed in KS, NE, MO, NC, OH, IN, AR, KY, PA, OK, IL, SD, IA, WV, MI, to retail gift shops and food retailers.

Elsie Grace’s Dry Food Products are packaged as follows. Dip mixes are packed in clear, safety sealed, rectangular packs with the label stapled to it. They are not marked with any codes, UPC numbers, or dates. The ingredients are listed on the back. Dry soups are sealed in clear safety bags and then placed in a plastic lined craft paper bag. The ingredient labeling is attached to the back of the craft paper bag.

Any retailers still having any unsold products will be supplied with new corrected ingredient labels for all packages. Consumers will be able to return the product to retailers for full refund or package replacement. Replacement labeling will be identified with an asterisk (*) at the end of the ingredients.

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

This recall was initiated when it was discovered some of Elsie Grace’s Dry Food Products do not declare ingredients that are allergens. Subsequent investigation indicates the problem occurred in the company’s packaging process. Elsie Grace’s Dry Food Company has changed their labels to ensure customer safety.

Consumers who have purchased Elsie Grace’s Dry Food products are urged to return the product for full refund or replacement. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-785-292-4438 between the hours of 9am to 5pm CST Monday through Friday, or contact us at elsiegraces@yahoo.com.

Affected Products:

Elsie Grace’s Zippy Bacon Dip Mix, net weight .12-oz., and Elsie Grace’s It’s Smokin’ Dip Mix, net weight .08-oz., use imitation bacon bits which contain soy and wheat ingredients. The beef base packets in the dip mixes contain milk and soy ingredients.

Elsie Grace’s Cheesy Onion Dip Mix, net weight .08-oz., contains packets of beef base which contain milk and soy ingredients.

Elsie Grace’s Hearty Potato Soup Mix, net weight 10.6-oz., contains milk, soy, and wheat ingredients.

Elsie Grace’s Spuds and Cheese Soup Mix, net weight 10.6-oz., contains milk and soy ingredients.

Elsie Grace’s Broccoli and Cheese Soup Mix, no net weight on packages, contains milk and soy ingredients.

Elsie Grace’s White Chili Soup Mix, net weight 9.9 oz., contains milk and soy ingredients.

Source: USFDA

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April 27th, 2011 at 1:03 pm

La Fiesta Food Products, Inc., Issues Allergy Alert due to Incorrect Ingredient Label on Dried Shredded Shrimp



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 8, 2011 – La Fiesta Food Products, Inc., is voluntarily recalling all Dried Shredded Shrimp products due to an error on the ingredients labels. The products contain sulfites and the new labels will be updated accordingly. Certain consumers having severe sensitivity or allergies to sulfite run the risk of allergic reactions if they consume this product.

Additionally, La Fiesta Food Products, Inc., is voluntarily recalling Dried Shredded Shrimp products sold under the label Mi Pueblo.

Dried Shredded Shrimp are sold in the following packages:

UPC
Product
Oz
La Fiesta Brand
32327-00150
Shredded Shrimp (Camaron Molido)
1 7/8
32327-00181
Shredded Shrimp
3
32327-00250
Shredded Shrimp (Camaron Molido)
6
32327-00420
Camarón Molido (Shredded Shrimp)
8
Mi Pueblo Brand
00000-10507
Camaron Molido (Shredded Shrimp)
1 3/4
00000-10509
Camaron Molido
2 1/2
00000-10705
Camaron Molido
6 1/4
01660-07002
Camarón Seco Molido
8

 

The voluntary recall was initiated after sampling and lab analysis revealed the presence of sulfites in Dried Shredded Shrimp; the allergen warning was not printed on the labels. The new labels will state “Allergen Information: Contains Sulfites.”

No illnesses have been reported to date. As a precautionary and voluntary measure, consumers allergic to sulfites are urged to return these products to the place of purchase for a full refund.

La Fiesta Foods, Inc., has been in business since 1954. La Fiesta maintains strict quality controls on all its products. Customers can continue to expect the highest quality products from La Fiesta, as they have for the last 57 years.

Source: USFDA

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April 19th, 2011 at 11:53 am

B&M, Inc. Conducts Voluntary Nationwide Recall Of 6 Lot Numbers Of Archer Farms Ground Turmeric Due To Excessive Lead Levels



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 15, 2011 – B&M, Inc. of Mount Vernon, Missouri is voluntarily recalling Archer Farms Ground Turmeric sold at Target stores in glass bottles with a net weight of 2.6 oz. (74g), due to elevated levels of lead.

Lead can accumulate in the body over time. Too much can cause health problems, including delayed mental and physical development and learning deficiencies. Pregnant women, infants and young children especially should avoid exposure to lead. People concerned about blood lead levels should contact their physician or health clinic to ask about testing.

This voluntary recall is a result of notification from B&M, Incorporated’s supplier that the Ground Turmeric they provided contained excessive levels of lead.

The Archer Farms Ground Turmeric was distributed nationwide to Target retail stores located in the following states from June, 2009, to February, 2010: AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, and WI.

The product is identified at the retail store level as Archer Farms Ground Turmeric, UPC 0-85239-02612-0. The lot numbers included in this recall are 1740901A, Best By 6/23/2011; 2180902A, Best By 8/6/11; 2780906A, Best By 10/5/2011; 2920903A, Best By 10/19/11; 3060903A, Best By 11/2/2011; 0071003A, Best By1/7/2012. The lot numbers and Best By dates can be found on the bottom of the bottle.

No other Archer Farms Brand spices have been affected by this voluntary recall.

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

Consumers in possession of this voluntarily recalled product may return it to the store at which you purchased it. Consumers or media with questions should contact B&M, Inc. at 1-877-321-5852 (Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm CST) or contact Target Guest Relations toll-free at (800) 316-6151.

Source: USFDA

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April 19th, 2011 at 11:51 am

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Organic Food Bar, Inc. Issues Allergy Alert on Chocolatey Chocolate Chip Raw Organic Food Bars



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 15, 2011- Organic Food Bar, Inc. of Fullerton, CA is recalling the specific listed lots of Chocolatey Chocolate Chip RAW Organic Food Bars listed below, because they may contain undeclared peanut proteins. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these lots of products mentioned below.

RAW Organic Food Bar Chocolatey Chocolate Chip was distributed nationally in USA and Canada. The product reached consumers through retail stores, mail order, direct delivery etc. The affected products listed below were shipped in 12 pack cartons to each outlet or direct to consumers.

Lot #3071210, exp. 12 Jul 2011 UPC 873521000220 RAW Organic Food Bar Chocolatey Chocolate Chip
Lot #2071210, exp. 12 Jul 2011 UPC 873521000220 RAW Organic Food Bar Chocolatey Chocolate Chip
Lot # 02081610, exp. 08/11 UPC 873521000220 RAW Organic Food Bar Chocolatey Chocolate Chip
Lot #01081610, exp. 08/11 UPC 873521000220 RAW Organic Food Bar Chocolatey Chocolate Chip
Lot #04092710 exp. 27 Sep 2011 UPC 873521000220 RAW Organic Food Bar Chocolatey Chocolate Chip

The recall was initiated after it was discovered that product contained peanut allergen through cross contamination of raw materials. The firm is investigating if the affected products contained peanut allergen through cross contamination of raw materials by one of our vendors since at the time we were a peanut free facility. We have since changed our suspected vendor of cashew butter and our new vendor has dedicated cashew line and claims no chance of cross contamination.

Consumers who have purchased RAW Organic Food Bar Chocolatey Chocolate Chip with the lot # and exp dates mentioned above are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may also contact the company at 1 800 246 4685, Monday-Friday 9am-5pm PST.

Source: USFDA

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April 19th, 2011 at 10:55 am

Pistachio Product Recalls



The FDA has completed its inspection of Salmonella contamination in pistachios and pistachio products at Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella, Inc., Terra Bella, Calif., and presented a 483 Inspection Report to the firm.
Most of the products associated with the recall appear to have been identified. Although fewer products are being added to the FDA’s searchable database, consumers should continue to check the FDA website for current information on recalled products. FDA’s recall database contains pistachios and pistachio products that have been recalled because they contain pistachios recalled by Setton Pistachio.

Source: USFDA

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April 19th, 2011 at 9:12 am

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Notice Regarding OMIC USA Inc. Basic & Extended Pesticide Profiles



Using methodology published and validated by the AOAC International, and other highly recognized organizations, OMIC USA Inc. offers a variety of pesticide screening services through our Basic and Extended Pesticide profiles. These lists are comprised of recent additions to the food safety industry, and the most popular requests by our large customer base. These inexpensive screens use a combination of our Gas Chromatograph, and Liquid Chromatograph that provide precise results in a wide variety of commodities.

This year, we’ve updated our profiles to reflect these client needs, and added many new pesticides and herbicides to each profile. Here are some of our changes:

• Our all-new GC-MSMS (triple quad mass spectrometer), which increases our ability to detect and confirm the presence or absence of a compound.

• Simplified extraction processes that allow our highly trained chemists to test for more compounds in a shorter period of time.

• Updates to the 2005 “Positive List” of pesticides, feed additives, and veterinary drugs provided by the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare (MHLW) for exported goods.

As a result of these changes, our Basic Profile now contains 281 compounds (previously 239), and out Extended Profile now contains 422 compounds (previously 414). Both profiles have an increased price of 10% from the previous year, but cover a much wider selection of potential contaminants. Some compounds have been removed from our previous lists, but can still be requested at any time from our ever-growing database of pesticides and herbicides used around the world.

Click HERE to view both profiles, and a comparison sheet, which shows the removed and added compounds in each list. Pleased don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns about any of the materials.

OMIC USA Inc.
3344 NW Industrial St.
Portland, OR 97210
503.223.1497
sales.us@omicusa.com

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April 19th, 2011 at 8:59 am

OMIC USA Inc.’s 2010 Accomplishments



Every year, OMIC USA Inc. adds newer and more powerful means of accomplishing the food safety and analytical testing our clients need. This year, all areas of our lab have undergone new growth and development.

Take a look at our newest additions:

Pesticides & Herbicides

  • Azadirachtin – 0.01ppm
  • Saflufenacil – 0.01ppm
  • Benthiavalicarb-Isopropyl – 0.01ppm
  • Fluopicolide – 0.01ppm
  • Binapacryl – 0.01ppm
  • Mesotrione – 0.01ppm (MAFF)
  • Boscalid – 3ppm (MRL-MAFF)
  • TEPP – 0.01ppm
  • Ipconazole – 0.01ppm
  • Isotianil – 0.3ppm (MAFF)

Vitamins

  • All tests conducted using HPLC-MSMS methods
  • B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, C, E

Allergens

  • Peanuts
  • Walnuts
  • Dairy (Casein)
  • Soy
  • Gluten
  • Almonds
  • Eggs

Micro PCR

  • E-coli (0157:H7)
  • Listeria (Genus)
  • Listeria Monocytogen
  • Salmonella
  • Staph

Written by systech.usa

April 19th, 2011 at 8:51 am