Archive for July, 2012
Here is a link to a new article regrading EGT grain terminal celebrates grand opening
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 29, 2012 – Dole Fresh Vegetables is voluntarily recalling 2,598 cases of bagged salad. The product being recalled is Dole Hearts of Romaine coded 0540N165112A or B, with Use-by date of June 26 and UPC 7143000956 due to a possible health risk from Listeria monocytogenes. Dole Fresh Vegetables is coordinating closely with regulatory officials. No illnesses have been reported in association with the recall.
The product code and Use-by date are in the upper right-hand corner of the package; the UPC code is on the back of the package, below the barcode. The salads were distributed in nine U.S. states (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia).
No illnesses have been reported in association with the recall. This precautionary recall notification is being issued due to an isolated instance in which a sample of Dole Hearts of Romaine salad yielded a positive result for Listeria monocytogenes in a random sample test conducted by the FDA.
No other salads are included in the recall. Only the specific Product Codes, UPC codes and June 26, 2012 Use-by date identified above are included in the recall. Consumers who have any remaining product with these Product Codes should not consume it, but rather discard it. Retailers and consumers with questions may call the Dole Food Company Consumer Response Center at (800) 356-3111, which is open 8:00 am to 3:00 pm (PT) Monday – Friday.
Although the product is 3 days past its Use-by date and it is highly unlikely that any product is still available at retail, retailers should check their inventories and store shelves to confirm that none of the product is mistakenly present or available for purchase by consumers or in warehouse inventories. Dole Fresh Vegetables customer service representatives are already contacting retailers and are in the process of confirming that the recalled product is not in the stream of commerce.
Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause foodborne illness in a person who eats a food item contaminated with it. Symptoms of infection may include fever, muscle aches, gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea or diarrhea. The illness primarily impacts pregnant women and adults with weakened immune systems. Most healthy adults and children rarely become seriously ill.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -June 30, 2012 – Today, Mars Petcare US announced a voluntary recall of a limited range of three varieties of PEDIGREE® weight management canned dog food products due to a potential choking risk.
Affected product may contain small pieces of blue plastic, which entered the food during the production process. The source of the plastic has been identified and the issue resolved. We encourage consumers who have purchased affected product to discard the food or return it to the retailer for a full refund or exchange. While a small number of consumers have reported finding the plastic pieces, we have not received any reports of injury or illness associated with the affected product. The lot codes indicated below should not be sold or consumed.
Affected product was distributed to retail customers throughout the United States. Mars Petcare US is working with all of our distributors and retail customers to ensure that the recalled products are no longer sold and are removed from inventory.
Recalled Pet Food
Only cans of PEDIGREE® weight management canned dog food varieties with the production codes shown below are included in this voluntary recall. Each product will have a lot code printed on the end of the can that begins with 209, 210, 211 or 212 and a Best Before date that falls between 2/24/2014 and 3/23/2014.
|2310034974||PEDIGREE +® Healthy Weight Premium Ground Entrée in Meaty Juices|
|2310001913||PEDIGREE® Weight Management Meaty Ground Dinner Beef & Liver Dinner in Meaty Juices|
|2310023045||PEDIGREE® Weight Management Meaty Ground Dinner Chicken & Rice Dinner in Meaty Juices|
No other PEDIGREE® products are affected, including any other variety of wet food, dry dog food, or dog treats.
At Mars Petcare US, we take our responsibility to pets and their owners seriously. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience caused by this recall. Pet owners who have questions about the recall should call 1-877-720-3335 or visit www.pedigree.com/update .
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 3, 2012 – PMI Nutrition International has initiated a voluntary recall of four varieties of the LabDiet® and Mazuri® feed products listed below, due to the potential for an elevated vitamin D level in these products. Elevated vitamin D levels can be harmful to animals if fed for extended periods.
These products were manufactured at the Richmond, IN feed plant and were distributed throughout the U.S. and to a few international customers. Dealers have been contacted and asked to hold these products and to notify and retrieve the product from customers. The affected product should not be used, and where applicable, be returned to the retail dealer.
|Formula No.||Item No.||Description||Lot No.|
|5025||0001330||Guinea Pig Diet 50#||APR17122|
|56A6||0001452||Mazuri® Small Bird Maintenance 25#||APR15123|
|5MA2||0040996||Mazuri® Primate Maintenance Biscuit 25#||APR22122|
|5MD9||0011482||Mazuri® Maned Wolf Diet 33#||APR21122|
Lot numbers are laser printed on the back of each bag, near the top. Lot numbers are formatted as follows: APR= Month / 17=Day of Month / 12 =Year / 2 =Plant Code.
The recall was initiated after receiving a small number of customer complaints, which involved animal illness and small bird mortality.
Customers who purchased the product will receive a full refund. For more information on the product recall, contact your local dealer or Customer Service (1-855-863-0421, x 224) between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. (EDT), Monday through Friday.
BI-LO Issues Class II Recall On Southern Home Brand Bacon Ranch Salad Mix & Creamy Parmesan Salad Mix
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 29, 2012 – Today BI-LO announced an immediate Class II voluntary recall of two store brand products, the Southern Home® Bacon Ranch Salad Mix and the Southern Home® Creamy Parmesan Salad Mix. According to the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), the reason for the recall is the potential for the product to contain small metal fragments. Out of an abundance of caution for customers, BI-LO is immediately recalling the Southern Home Bacon Ranch Salad Mix and Southern Home Creamy Parmesan Salad Mix from shelves in all stores, including those in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee:
|Recalled Item||UPC||Size||Sell-By Dates|
|Southern Home Bacon Ranch Salad Mix||0788002891||7.5 oz.||May 17, 2013|
|Southern Home Bacon Ranch Salad Mix||0788002891||7.5 oz.||May 18, 2013|
|Southern Home Creamy Parmesan Salad Mix||0788002892||6.2 oz.||April 20, 2013|
|Southern Home Creamy Parmesan Salad Mix||0788002892||6.2 oz||May 21, 2013|
BI-LO has received no reports of any issues associated with Southern Home Bacon Ranch Salad Mix or Southern Home Creamy Parmesan Salad Mix consumption.
“We encourage consumers in possession of any of the recalled items to immediately discard the product or bring it back to their local BI-LO,” said Allen Reavis, BI-LO’s vice president of grocery. “As part of the company’s Satisfaction Guarantee, customers who have purchased the product may visit their neighborhood store to request a full refund.”
To receive the refund, individuals must present proof of purchase through a receipt or the product packaging label.
Any questions about the recalled products may be answered through BI-LO’s consumer relations number, which is 1-800-862-9293.
BI-LO is recalling 7.5 oz Southern Home Bacon Ranch Salad Mix and 6.2 oz. Southern Home Creamy Parmesan Salad Mix.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -July 3, 2012 – Multiple lots of cheeses made by Andante Dairy in Petaluma, California are the subject of a recall and quarantine order announced by California State Veterinarian Dr. Annette Whiteford.
The quarantine is based on a determination that a lack of proper pasteurization could have allowed dangerous pathogens to survive in the products. No illnesses have been reported, and the processor is cooperating with the recall.
The recalled cheeses were sold in sizes from five to eight ounces, with no code date or variety information on the packages. The cheeses were sold mainly to retail markets, restaurants and cheese shops in California, with very limited distribution in Chicago and New York.
Three varieties of Andante Dairy cheese exempt from the quarantine are Musette, Tomme Dolce, and Etude. Consumers are urged to discard any other varieties from this producer.
July 2, 2012 — With the ongoing expansion of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) there is an increasing number of foods and commodities being tested by the FDA at the time of import. Illegal residues are often detected through routine sampling, which leads to a refusal of entry for that shipment and automatic detention going forward. Unfortunately for importers, this Detention Without Physical Examination or DWPE (formerly referred to as FDA Automatic Detention) can be a worrisome and confusing situation.
In the face of this ongoing challenge, OMIC USA Inc. (www.omicusa.com) is pleased to announce its capability to test samples and submit analytical packages towards clearance of FDA detention. With a current arsenal of instruments, integral quality system, and highly qualified scientists, we have already successfully submitted a number of packages on behalf of clients who were dealing with the specific problems associated with an FDA Detention Notice.
From start to finish, OMIC USA Inc. handles all of the complicated details. We offer 1) a nationwide network of sampling agents who collect and document samples according to very specific requirements, 2) ISO 17025 accredited analysis for the substance in question, and 3) the experience required to compile the report that will serve as the client’s response to the FDA notice. Please contact us as soon as possible following receipt of an FDA notice of detention in order to receive assistance in navigating the process and avoid any potential delays.
March 29, 2012 — The Korea Food and Drug Administration (KFDA) has accredited analytical laboratory OMIC USA Inc. in the field of genetically modified organism (GMO) testing as per a communiqué received from the KFDA on March 29, 2012. This certification is the culmination of a two-year approval process that began in 2009 and included two on-site audits performed by the KFDA. OMIC USA Inc. now boasts the ability to issue KFDA-accredited GMO certificates to companies and individuals exporting food and feed products to the Republic of Korea.
OMIC USA Inc. in 1999 became the first private U.S. laboratory to be approved by the Korean Food & Drug Administration to test for pesticide residues; this scope was broadened in 2008 to include testing and certification in the fields of nutrition, food supplements, and vitamins.
The benefit of OMIC USA’s new scope of accreditation is twofold: 1) U.S. exporters can now rest assured that their cargo will be accepted at South Korean ports of entry because KFDA standards have been met, and 2) Korean consumers will have peace of mind knowing that their food products are safe and compliant with Korean GMO labeling standards.
The DNA/GMO laboratory at OMIC USA operates under ISO 17025 quality management systems in GMO testing under the leadership of Dr. Chong Singsit, Ph.D., a transgenic research and GMO testing veteran with twenty years of experience. As an additional asset OMIC USA has a Korean analytical chemist, Seong Rai Cho, M.S., who is a native speaker and has trained in a KFDA-affiliated laboratory in Seoul, South Korea.