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CATEGORY ARCHIVES: FOOD SAFETY

Two Food Recalls You Need To Know About Right Now

When shopping for groceries this week, you’ll want to be extra-careful—per recent food-safety warnings issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), two separate recalls are currently in effect. Though no resulting illnesses have been reported as of this writing, the FDA is advising consumers to throw away or return all affected products for a full refund.

First up, look out for some varieties of baby spinach and mesclun leafy greens from Satur Farms, of Cutchogue, New York. On Jan. 23, 2019, Satur Farms voluntarily recalled specific lot numbers of these greens because of possible Salmonellacontamination. This was identified after routine product sampling performed by the Florida Department of Agriculture and New York Department of Agriculture, the two states in which the items were distributed to retailers. You’ll want to keep an eye out for the following batches: Spinach Lot #18494, Spinach Lot #18513, and Mesclun Lot #18520.

The affected retail products have been packaged in plastic clamshell containers labeled with the Satur Farms brand name, in 5-ounce, 10-ounce, and 16-ounce sizes. The food-service versions of these products are packed in sealed poly bags of various sizes (more information on those sizes can be found here)…Read More

Perdue Recalls 16,000 Pounds Of Kids’ Chicken Nuggets Due To “Undeclared Allergens”

On Monday, Jan. 28, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a recall on one of your child’s favorite foods — chicken nuggets. According to the USDA’s notice, Purdue is recalling just over 16,000 pounds of kids’ chicken nuggets due to “undeclared allergens” and other misrepresentations of ingredients.

Any time a recall is issued on food, it’s best practice to dispose of any product you have that could be affected. In this case, Perdue is recalling the products because the chicken nuggets contain milk, something the USDA calls a “known allergen,” and it’s not declared on the product label.

Right now, the affected packages are the 12 oz. of “PERDUE Fun Shapes Chicken Breast Nuggets” with a use by date of March 11, 2019, and lot codes 17009010 – 19009010. The products have an establishment number “P-369” inside the USDA mark of inspectionRead More

More Than 164,000 Pounds Of Ground Turkey Recalled; 52 More People Sick In Deadly Salmonella Outbreak

(CNN) – Jennie-O Turkey Store Sales Inc. is recalling about 164,210 pounds of raw ground turkey products due to the possibility of salmonella contamination, the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said Friday.

The recall was announced as the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 52 new cases of illness associated with the outbreak. This brings the number of illnesses to 216 people across 38 states since the outbreak began in November 2017. Eighty-four people have been hospitalized, and one death has been reported.

In addition, the Public Health Agency of Canada said Friday there have been 22 cases of illness in four provinces. The illnesses occurred between April 2017 and this November, but nearly half of the illnesses began in October and last month. Five patients have been hospitalized, and one person died…Read More

NAVITAS NATURALS© EXPANDS VOLUNTARY RECALL FOR ORGANIC SPROUTED CHIA POWDER PRODUCTS

Navitas Naturals©, the Superfood Company™, today announced an expansion of its voluntary and precautionary recall to include additional expiration dates of products containing Organic Sprouted Chia Powder, due to the possible presence of Salmonella.

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“Based on investigations by FDA and California Department of Public Health, one of our suppliers Health Matters America Inc. has expanded their recall of Chia products. As a result, we are expanding our voluntary recall to include a broader date range of products. Our business depends on providing safe and healthy food and we will not take chances with our consumer’s wellbeing. Because of this priority, in an abundance of caution, we have deliberately and voluntarily expanded this recall” stated Zach Adelman, Chief Executive Officer of Navitas Naturals. Based on information from CDC we are not aware of any reported illnesses associated with the products included in this expanded date range.

The affected products were distributed nationally and include:

  • Navitas Naturals Organic Sprouted Chia Powder, 8oz, UPC 858847000369 all best by dates up to and including 11/22/2015
  • Navitas Naturals Omega Blend Sprouted Smoothie Mix, 8oz, UPC 858847000314 all best by dates up to and including 11/05/2015

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Williams-Sonoma Omega 3 Smoothie Mixer, 8 oz, SKU 506436 all best by dates up to and including OC 2015

No other Navitas Naturals products are affected by this recall.

“We are continuing to work hand-in-hand with the FDA and California Department of Public Health. We take our responsibility to consumers very seriously and we are taking immediate actions within our supply chain and with our own quality assurance protocols to ensure this does not happen again” stated Adelman.

Consumers who have purchased either of these products are urged to not eat the products, and to dispose of them or return them to the store where they were originally purchased.

Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea, 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.

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Customers with questions or who would like product replacements or refunds may contact (406) 755-6828.

Kalispell attorneys, Bliven Law Firm, P.C., represent injured victims of Salmonella poisoning. If you or someone you know has been sick because of Salmonella or other bacteria from recalled food products, or food borne illness contact the attorneys at Bliven Law Firm, P.C. for a free case evaluation. You may be entitled to payment of wage loss, medical expenses and other damages for food borne illness damages.

MASSIVE AMOUNTS OF GROUND BEEF RECALLED DUE TO POSSIBLE PRESENCE OF E.COLI, THE 0157:H7 CONTAMINATION

470_2645275-300x240The USDA recalled 10 lb. pageages of “National Beef” 80/20 Coarse Ground chuck. The exact details can be found under the News Release portion of USDA. http://www.fsis.usda.gov. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on a total of 33 persons have been infected with the deadly Shinga Toxin producing Escherichia coli commonly referenced as (STECO157:H7). The major concern with this toxin is that for young children, the elderly or otherwise immune compromised individuals, may develop HUS. HUS is a type of kidney failure that can result in kidney failure and death. Symptoms develop over a period of 4-7 days after consumption and include, vomiting, ,

Diarrhea along with high fever and fatigue. If you have eaten this product and you are experiencing the above symptoms within the incubation period seek medical help immediately.

There have been no reports accounted for in Montana. There have been 2 cases of HUS which have resulted as of this date. Hemolytic-uremic syndrome (or haemolytic-uraemic syndrome), abbreviated HUS, is a disease characterized by hemolytic anemia (anemia caused by destruction of red blood cells), acute kidney failure (uremia), and a low platelet count (thrombocytopenia). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hemolytic-uremic_syndrome. This condition is often caused by the STEC) 157:H7 toxin. In other outbreaks it has led to death. In many situations physicians will treat symptoms with anti-biotics. This makes the situation worse in most cases. If HUS is detected in my opinion only a top level trauma center would be recommended. Since there are no such trauma centers here in Montana or Flathead County, patients in my experience have been successfully treated at Sacred Heart in Spokane, Harbor View, and Oregon Health Sciences University Hospital.

The Department of Agriculture has detected the toxin from the National Beef Packing Co. in Liberal Kansas. Approximately 23,000 pounds have been recalled.

Although no cases have been reported yet in Montana, the CDC is concerned that the beef may still be in freezers. Moreover much of the plants products are sold to fast food distributors which could enlarge the outbreak to other states including Montana. Moreover, the condition travels with you. If you consume the product at a fast food restaurant in another state then you may suffer from the E. Coli although there are no reported cases here in Montana yet. Often it takes a year to understand the full extent of an outbreak.

If you are unsure, contact your local health department they will take down your symptoms and compare them with those of the particular outbreak identified by the CDC. If you feel you have suffered food poisoning obtain medical attention without delay and contact our office to protect your legal rights. We fight for those who suffer from unsafe food production.

Written by Scott L. Anderson, food poisoning attorney, licensed in Montana, Oregon Alaska 

 WASHINGTON, June 18, 2013 – National Beef Packing Co., a Liberal, Kan., establishment, is recalling approximately 22,737 pounds of raw ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The following products are subject to recall:

• 10 lb. packages of “National Beef” 80/20 Coarse Ground Chuck, package code “0481.”
• 10 lb. packages of “National Beef” 81/19 Coarse Ground Beef, package code “0421.”
• 10 lb. packages of “National Beef” 80/20 Fine Ground Chuck, package code “0484.”

All these products have a “USE BY/SELL BY DATE” of June 14, 2013, and bear the establishment number “EST. 208A” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The products were produced on May 25, 2013, and shipped to various institutions and retail establishments in Texas, Tennessee, Kansas, Mississippi, Illinois, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas, and Arizona. FSIS and the establishment are concerned that some product may be frozen and in shoppers’ freezers.

The problem was discovered through routine FSIS monitoring which confirmed a positive result for E.coli O157:H7. An investigation determined the firm was the sole supplier of the source materials used to produce the positive product. FSIS and the company have received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls

TOFT DAIRY ISSUES IMMEDIATE VOLUNTARY RECALL OF BUCKEYE BITES ICE CREAM 48 OZ CARTONS AND 3 GALLON TUBS

ucm323320After receiving a recall notice from a former supplier of peanut butter base, Toft’s has issued a voluntary recall on 48 oz cartons and 3 gallon tubs of Buckeye Bites Ice Cream with expiration dates of March 14,2013 or before.

Any 48 oz or 3 gallon tub of Toft’s Buckeye Bites with an expiration date after March 14, 2013 is NOT involved in this recall due to us switching peanut butter suppliers on March 15, 2012. Toft’s Prime Time Buckeye Bites Ice Cream has been distributed throughout the state of Ohio and Southern Michigan.

The recalled product contains a peanut butter base that contains peanut butter manufactured by Sunland, Inc, which has just announced an expansion of a voluntary recall covering peanut products made in their Portales, New Mexico plant. Sunland’s peanut butter products have been linked to Salmonella outbreaks across the United States dating back to March 1, 2010. However, Ohio has yet to report any illnesses from Sunland’s recall. (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. 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. For more information on Salmonella, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Website at http://www.cdc.gov ).

If you or someone you know has suffered illness or permanent injuries from eating contaminated food including Salmonella poisoning contact the Kalispell lawyers of ABliven Law Firm, P.C.

The Kalispell attorneys of Bliven Law Firm, P.C. handle food-borne illness cases. If you have suffered serious injuries, from food poisoning in Montana, contact our office for a free case evaluation. Our Montana lawyers are dedicated to helping injured food-poisoning victims.

CLEMMYS IS VOLUNTARILY RECALLING PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE CHIP ICE CREAM DUE TO POSSIBLE HEALTH RISKS

ucm323148Clemmy’s Ice Cream of Rancho Mirage, CA is initiating a voluntary recall of Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip 16 ounce containers of ice cream that contains peanut butter associated with the Sunland, Inc., recall. The peanut butter used in this product has the potential to 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. 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.

Clemmy’s Ice Cream recalling this product which began with distribution in March 2011 nationwide and is available thru grocery stores.

A list of the recalled production lots is identified in the table below. The Clemmy’s brand product is packaged in a standard pint container with prominent label identification. The five-digit production code date is printed onto the bottom of the container. No other Clemmy’s flavors are affected by this recall.

Recalled Products and Production Code Dates
Brand Description Pack Size UPC Code Date Range
Clemmy’s
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip
Pint
8 94509 00231 9
11038 – 12215
The first production date of 11038 corresponds to 02/07/2011 and the most recent production date of 12215 corresponds to 08/02/2012.

The product carries a 2-year best by print requirement, in the MM/YY format, so expiration date range to list would be:

BB 02/13 through BB 08/14. For more information, the FDA has issued a press release.

If you or someone you know has been injured because of salmonella related food poisoning, contact the Montana attorneys of Bliven Law Firm, P.C.

Our Kalispell lawyers represent innocent victims of salmonella poisoning in Montana product liability cases.  If you or a loved one has suffered food poisoning from Salmonella in ice cream or cookie dough, contact the Kalispell attorneys of Bliven Law Firm, P.C. for a free case evaluation. Food-borne illness in Montana can cause severe and permanent damages. Contact one of the Montana attorneys at Bliven Law Firm, P.C. to assist you with your Salmonella or other Food-borne illness case.

SMITH DAIRY ANNOUNCES VOLUNTARY RECALL ON SMITH’S AND RUGGLES BRAND PEANUT BUTTER CRUNCH ICE CREAM AND ACME BRAND PEANUT BUTTER TWIST ICE CREAM

ucm323137Smith Dairy Products Company announced a voluntary recall on SMITH’S Peanut Butter Crunch ice cream, Acme Peanut Butter Twist ice cream, and Ruggles Peanut Butter Crunch and Peanut Butter Crunch Brownie ice cream. The recall notification was initiated by Pecan Deluxe, the company that manufactures the peanut butter candy pieces in the products.

*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 products in question are:

DESCRIPTION
UPC
LOTS
SMITH’S Peanut Butter Crunch Ice Cream (1.75 Qt) 70424 08139 060-10 through 155-12
SMITH’S Peanut Butter Crunch Ice Cream (Half Gal) 70424 08139 060-10 through 155-12
Acme Peanut Butter Twist Ice Cream (Half Gal) 29313 46110 03/01/10 through 06/03/12
Ruggles Peanut Butter Crunch Ice Cream (3 Gal) 70424 08607 060-10 through 155-12
Ruggles Peanut Butter Brownie Crunch (3 Gal) 70424 08639 060-10 through 155-12

For more information, please visit the FDA’s press release.

If you have suffered serious or permanent injuries from consuming products sold with Salmonella, contact the Montana lawyers at Bliven Law Firm, P.C. for a free case evaluation. The Kalispell law office of Bliven Law Firm, P.C. aggressively represents innocent victims who have been personally injured from the negligence of others, including Montana food product liability cases from Salmonella contamination. Our Kalispell lawyers will aggressively fight for your legal rights to compensation while taking the time to personally care for your needs. If you have consumed contaminated food products in Montana, contact the Montana attorneys of Bliven Law Firm, P.C. for a free case evaluation.

RESER’S MRS. WEAVER’S PIMENTO SPREAD RECALLED

ucm301826Reser’s Fine Foods, Inc. of Beaverton, OR is voluntarily recalling 653 cases of 7 oz. Mrs. Weaver’s Pimento Spread that may have been packaged into containers marked Ham Salad. The Ham Salad label does not list milk ingredients on the label. People who are allergic to milk products run the risk of serious reaction if they consume this product.

The recalled 7 oz. Mrs. Weaver’s Pimento Spread was distributed in AR, AZ, FL, LA, MS, OK, TX, and WA between April 11, 2012 and April 17, 2012. The product is sold in a 7 oz. plastic container marked on the side of the lid with Aug/05/12. After the use by date is a facility identifier code of 20 followed by a timestamp No other package codes are affected by this recall.

For more information, click here

If you or someone you know has been personally injured by a defective or unsafe food product, contact the Montana attorneys at Bliven Law Firm, P.C. for a free consultation as you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.

Bliven Law Firm, P.C. is a Kalispell law firm, with two Kalispell attorneys.

HOSTESS CANDY MIX RECALLED

rispak, Inc. of Grand Rapids, MI is voluntarily recalling 16 cases of GFS® Hostess Candy Mix 8-48 oz packages due to a potential mis-pack, resulting in undeclared allergens. A small number of cases of GFS® Hostess Candy Mix were inadvertently put into GFS® Chocolate Sprinkles packages. GFS® Hostess Candy Mix contains wheat and milk and may contain egg, none of which are declared on the GFS® Chocolate Sprinkles package. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk, eggs, and wheat run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

The GFS® Hostess Candy Mix in question was distributed from April 5th – 19th to Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee Gordon Food Service Marketplace Stores.

Product is in a red stand up GFS®, 48 oz pouch that says Chocolate Sprinkles. The code date is embossed on the top of the pouch as 088 12.

For more information on the recall, click here

If you have been injured because of undeclared food allergens, contact the Kalispell attorneys at Bliven Law Firm, P.C. for a free consultation.