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Salmonella Sickens Hundreds in the U.S. and Netherlands

Posted by feww on October 2, 2012

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Salmonella infections “tip of the iceberg”

Hundreds of people in the Netherlands and the US have caught salmonella after consuming Dutch smoked salmon, Dutch health authorities have reported.

  • “Some 200 people have fallen ill through contaminated salmon” in the Netherlands, and about 100 people in the US are infected by the same type of salmonella, said the National Institute for Public Health (RIVM).
  • But this was “probably the tip of the iceberg”, the institute’s spokesperson told the BBC – “the real number of infected people is likely to be much higher.”

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E. coli sickens at least 19 people, 3 critical

Posted by feww on May 7, 2010

Lettuce sold in 23 states and the District of Columbia have been recalled due to E.coli

Freshway Foods of Sidney, Ohio, is recalling romaine lettuce sold under the Freshway and Imperial Sysco label due to possible link to an E.coli outbreak.

The lettuce is being recalled from 23 states and the D.C. because an E. coli outbreak has sickened at least 19 people, 3 of them in critical condition.

At least 12 people had been hospitalized, with 10 other cases linked to the outbreak, the FDA said.

“College students at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Ohio State in Columbus and Daemen College in Amherst, N.Y., are among those affected, according to local health departments in those states.” AP reported.

The FDA is suspects that lettuce grown in Arizona may be a possible source for the outbreak.

The lettuce was sold in Alabama, Connecticut, the D.C., Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

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Anything Salmonella Free?

Posted by feww on March 11, 2010

Another few recalls and there would be no food left on the shelves

The following is a summary of the most recent food recalls due to possible salmonella poisoning health risks. For previous recalls, click on the links:

[NOTE: All the products listed on this page were posted  on the FDA website on March 10/11, 2010]

36.  Thought Mrs. Gerry’s Kitchen said only one product …

Mrs. Gerry’s Kitchen Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 5, 2010 –  Mrs. Gerry’s Kitchen, Inc. of Albert Lea, MN has been notified by a supplier that a certain seasoning ingredient it supplied to Mrs. Gerry’s contains hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP) that 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 people may experience fever, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea (which may be bloody) and abdominal pain. In rare cases the organism can get into the bloodstream and cause more severe complications including endocarditis, arthritis and arterial infections such as infected aneurysms. For more information, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website at www.cdc.gov1. As a precautionary measure, Mrs. Gerry’s is voluntarily recalling a limited number of products.

No illnesses have been reported in connection with these products.

Mrs. Gerry’s is recalling the several Spinach Dips sold to retailers and distributors: MN, IA, SD, ND, NE, KS, CO, WI, MI, IL, MO.

These products should not be eaten. Customers may return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Mrs. Gerry’s is notifying the FDA of this voluntary recall. Consumers with questions may contact Mrs. Gerry’s Kitchen, Inc.’s Customer Service Department between the hours of 7:30am – 4pm CST Monday through Friday at 1-800-642-9662 or see the FDA website at http://www.fda.gov.

35.  They add HVP to Crab Creole Spread?

Mrs. Gerry’s Kitchen Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 9, 2010 – ALAMEDA, CA – Mrs. Gerry’s Kitchen, Inc. of Albert Lea, MN has been notified by a supplier that a certain product it supplies to Mrs. Gerry’s contains hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP) that may be contaminated with Salmonella.  As a precautionary measure, Mrs. Gerry’s is voluntarily recalling a limited number of products.

No illnesses have been reported in connection with this product.

Mrs. Gerry’s is recalling its Crab Creole Spread sold to retailers and distributors in these states: MN, IA, SD, ND, NE, KS, CO, WI, MI, IL, MO.

This product should not be eaten. Customers may return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Mrs. Gerry’s is notifying the FDA of this voluntary recall. Consumers with questions may contact Mrs. Gerry’s Kitchen, Inc.’s Customer Service Department between the hours of 7:30am – 4pm CST Monday through Friday at 1-800-642-9662 or see the FDA website at http://www.fda.gov.

34.  Salmonella in spices?

Olde Westport Spice Announces a Voluntary Recall of Garden Harvest Special Blend Seasoning

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 9, 2010 – Olathe, Kan – Olde Westport Spice announced that it is voluntarily recalling 5- and 10-oz. jars and 20-oz. bags of Garden Harvest Special Blend Seasoning because an ingredient used in the product has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

The Special Blend Seasoning was sold online at www.oldwestportspice.com1, at food and craft shows in Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, Kansas and Colorado and at limited specialty gift shops located in Kansas and Missouri.

The Olde Westport Special Blend does not have any codes on the packaging to identify the product affected by the recall. Therefore, if Garden Harvest Special Blend Seasoning was purchased from November 1, 2009 thru February 28, 2010, it is to be recalled.

There have been no reports of illnesses associated with the identified products and no other Olde Westport products are affected by this recall.

Olde Westport Spice was notified by its supplier, Basic Food Flavors, Inc., of the recall of an ingredient used in this product due to potential Salmonella contamination. Because the safety of consumers is a top priority, Olde Westport Spice has voluntarily recalled its Special Blend. Olde Westport Spice is working closely with Food and Drug Administration to conduct this voluntary recall.

Consumers who have purchased the Garden Harvest Special Blend Seasoning are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions about the recall may contact Ann Myers at 913-915-0936 or at annmyers@oldewestportspice.com.

33. Never mind the salmonella, watch them calories!

Quaker Snack Mix Baked Cheddar Voluntarily Recalled Due to Possible Health Risk

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 10, 2010 – PLANO, TX – Quaker Snack Mix Baked Cheddar is being voluntary recalled after Basic Food Flavors, Inc. of Las Vegas, Nevada initiated a recall of their hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP) due to potential Salmonella contamination. HVP is a very minor ingredient in the seasoning for this product. Although every seasoning lot tested negative for Salmonella, and there are no reports of Salmonella–related illness related to this product, the product is voluntarily being recalled out of an abundance of caution.

Consumers with any product of the date and package size noted above should return it to the place of purchase for a replacement or a refund. Consumers with any additional questions can contact Consumer Affairs at 1-800-352-4477, Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Central Standard Time.

32. Salmonella Soups and Dips?

Ventura Foods, LLC Voluntarily Recalls Seven Varieties of Its Dean’s® Dip Products As A Precautionary Measure

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 05, 2010 – Brea, Calif – Ventura Foods, LLC is voluntarily recalling seven of its Dean’s® Dip products, with specific production dates, because a flavor enhancer may be contaminated with salmonella.

The flavor enhancer is made by an ingredient supplier, Basic Food Flavors, Inc., in Las Vegas. This is the same ingredient linked to the Food & Drug Administration’s recall announcement Thursday.

“There have been absolutely no reports of illness associated with any Dean’s Dip products, and we intend to keep it that way,” said Chris Furman, President & CEO of Ventura Foods. “We decided to issue our own recall purely as a precautionary measure because consumer safety is our No. 1 priority.”

Ventura Foods is advising consumers not to eat any of the recalled Dean’s Dip products. Consumers should dispose of or return the recalled products to the store where they bought them for a full refund. Consumers can call (800) 339-1957 for more information about the recall, or visit www.fda.gov or www.deansdip.com.

Dean’s Dip is a registered mark used by Ventura Foods and licensed from Dean Intellectual Property Services, a subsidiary of Dean Foods Company. This recall only affects Dean’s Dip products which are manufactured by Ventura Foods. It does not affect any Dean Foods products, including dairy products carrying the Dean’s® brand.

The voluntary recall involves a flavor enhancer called hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP), which is used to make Dean’s Creamy Taco Dip. The other six Dean’s Dip products were manufactured on the same equipment, at about the same time, so they’re being recalled as well. There is no evidence of salmonella in any Dean’s Dip product or in any other Ventura Foods products.

Ventura Foods is working closely with the FDA, as well as with state and local authorities and retailers, to administer the recall.

The Dean’s Dip recall impacts only the products listed below with the specific UPC code and “Sell By” dates. This recall does not affect any other Dean’s Dip products or other Ventura Foods Brands.

Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy people infected with salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain).

31. Potentially Poisoning Mixes

Publix Issues Voluntary Recall on Four Seasoning Mixes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 8, 2010 – LAKELAND, Fla – Publix Super Markets is issuing a voluntary recall for four (4) varieties of seasoning mixes. The products have been manufactured with HVP (hydrolyzed vegetable protein) supplied by Basic Food Flavors of Las Vegas, Nevada. The HVP may be contaminated with Salmonella. Consumption of products containing Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly persons and others with weakened immune systems. List of the recalled products available on the company website.

“As part of our commitment to food safety, potentially impacted product has been removed from all store shelves,” said Maria Brous, Publix media and community relations director. “To date, there have been no reported cases of illness. Consumers who have purchased the products in question may return the product to their local store for a full refund. Publix customers with additional questions may call our Consumer Relations department at 1-800-242-1227 or by visiting our website at www.publix.com.”

30. More processed Soups & Dip Mixes – Time you changed the old diet?

Kroger Recalls Two Onion Soup & Dip Mixes Due to Possible Health Risk

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE –  February 27, 2010  [posted on FDA website on March 11, 2010] – CINCINNATI, Ohio – The Kroger Co. said today it is recalling Kroger Onion Soup & Dip Mix and Kroger Beefy Onion Soup & Dip Mix sold in some of its retail stores because the Company has been made aware by a supplier that an ingredient in the product may have been contaminated with Salmonella.

The recalled items were sold in Kroger stores in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia; Dillons and Gerbes stores in Kansas and Missouri; Fry’s stores in Arizona; King Soopers and City Market stores in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming; Smith’s stores in Arizona, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming; Baker’s stores in Nebraska; and Food 4 Less, Hilander, Jay C, Owen’s, Pay Less and Scott’s stores in Illinois and Indiana.

Customers who have purchased the above products should not consume them and should return them to a store for a full refund or replacement.

Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections, particularly in young children, the elderly, and persons with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and/or abdominal pain. For more information, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website at www.cdc.gov.

Consumers who have questions about this recall may contact Kroger toll-free at (800) 6326900. For more information, please visit www.kroger.com/recalls.

29. Proctor and Gambling with their products?

P&G Joins Industry Ingredient Recall by Voluntarily Recalling Two Flavors of Pringles® in the United States in Response to FDA Industry Guidance

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 08, 2010 – CINCINNATI – PRNewswire/ – The Procter & Gamble Company, in response to a recommendation from the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to the food industry, announced today that it is voluntarily recalling Pringles Restaurant Cravers Cheeseburger potato crisps and Pringles Family Faves Taco Night potato crisps as part of an industry ingredient recall to protect consumers from potential Salmonella exposure. There have been no reports of Salmonella-related illness in relation to these products.

P&G was notified by one of its suppliers that a seasoning used in these two products contains hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP) manufactured by Basic Food Flavors, Inc., who has voluntarily recalled several lots of this ingredient because of potential salmonella exposure. As a result, the FDA has recommended that food manufacturers recall certain types of products containing HVP manufactured by Basic Food Flavors, and P&G is complying with this guidance.

Salmonella is a common food borne pathogen that can cause severe illnesses, including fever, abdominal cramps and diarrhea. While most individuals recover without medical intervention, the infection can be life-threatening in some cases such as young children, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems. There have been no reports of Salmonella-related illness to date in relation to these products.

Consumers who have purchased the recalled products should discard the product and call P&G for a replacement coupon or refund at 1-877-876-7881 (Hours of operation: Monday – Friday, 9AM – 6PM US ET).

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28. Who needs Cream of Mushroom Soup?

Nutritional Resources Announces a Nationwide Voluntary Recall of Healthwise Cream of Mushroom Soup Due to Possible Health Risk

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 09, 2010 – GROVETOWN, GA – As a precautionary measure, Nutritional Resources, Inc announced, it is voluntarily recalling one production code of Healthwise Cream of Mushroom Soup because an ingredient used in the product has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella is a common food borne pathogen that can cause severe illnesses, including fever, abdominal cramps and diarrhea. While most individuals recover in three to five days without medical intervention, the infection can be life-threatening to young children, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems. Consumers with any of these symptoms should call their physician. For more information on Salmonella, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Website at http://www.cdc.gov.

The product subject to this recall was distributed nationwide in foil lined pouches identified as Mushroom Soup marked with the Lot number 22267 on the front of the pouch. The product is sold in physician’s offices and on the internet.

There have been no reports of illnesses associated with the identified product, and no other varieties or types of flavors of products made by Nutritional Resources, Inc. are affected by this recall.

The mushroom soup product was made using Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein (HVP), recalled by Basic Food Flavors Inc., Las Vegas, Nevada because it may be contaminated with salmonella

Nutritional Resources, Inc is working closely with the FDA to conduct this recall.

Consumers who have purchased the above affected products are urged return them to their place of purchase for a refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at (706) 869-1222 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST. Monday through Friday.

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More Food Recalls

Posted by feww on March 10, 2010

Salmonella Scare Prompts More Food Recalls

Previous Recalls:

27. Herr Foods Inc. Recalls ‘Herr’s Cracked Pepper and Sea Salt Flavored’ Kettle Style Potato Chips Because of Possible Health Risk

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 8, 2010 – As a precautionary measure and concern for our consumer safety, Herr Foods Inc of Nottingham, PA is voluntarily recalling ‘Herr’s Cracked Pepper and Sea Salt Flavored’ Kettle Style Potato Chips. The product is being recalled because it contains HVP (hydrolyzed vegetable protein) manufactured, distributed and recalled by Basic Food Flavors, Inc., Las Vegas, NV. The ingredient from Basic Food Flavors has 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.

Herr’s has a strong commitment to consumer safety and the highest quality standards. Salmonella has not been found in any Herr’s products and there are no known illnesses reported.

‘Herr’s Cracked Pepper and Sea Salt Flavored’ Kettle Style Potato Chips were distributed nationwide through retail stores, distributors, and internet sales. These products were sold as individual bags. No other ‘Herr’s” products are involved with this recall.

Only the following products are being recalled:
‘Herr’s Cracked Pepper and Sea Salt Flavored’ Kettle Style Potato Chips
With code dates FEB 27, 2010 up to an including May 15, 2010
Bag Net Weight 8.5 oz.       UPC 072600011519

‘Herr’s Cracked Pepper and Sea Salt Flavored’ Kettle Style Potato Chips
With code dates FEB 27, 2010 up to an including June 12, 2010
Bag Net Weight 1.875 oz.       UPC 072600014909

Consumers who have purchased these products should not consume them and should return them to the retailer where they were purchased for a full refund. Herr Foods and other retailers are removing recalled product from the retailers’ shelves. As a result, consumers can be assured that all other Herr’s products that remain on-shelf are safe and not subject to this recall. Consumers with questions may call 1-800-523-5030. Live assistance is available 9am- 5pm EST.

Herr’s will continue to monitor all related findings and act quickly to preserve the trust consumers place in our products.

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26. Dutch Valley Food Distributors, Inc. Announces a Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Black Pepper and Products made with Black Pepper

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 9, 2010 – Myerstown, Pa – As a result of a recall of Black Pepper by Mincing Overseas Spice Company and distributed by Dutch Valley Food Distributors due to the possibility of contamination 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, a product recall is being issued. 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.

Dutch Valley Food Distributors, Inc. has issued a voluntary recall for the following products with a Bulk Foods Inc. label:

5 Pound boxes of Seasoning Salt, item 808530, with a Mfg. date of 1/4/10 and 2/2/2010
5 Pound boxes of Perfect Pepper Seasoning, item 808399, with a Mfg. date of 1/4/2010
5 Pound boxes of Perfect Pepper Dip Mix, item 278115, with a Mfg. date of 12/7/2009
5 Pound boxes of Vegetable Dip Mix, item 278112, with a Mfg. date of 1/4/2010 and 2/2/2010
5 Pound boxes of Southwest Dip Mix, item 278109, with a Mfg. date of 2/2/2010

50 Pound boxes of Medium Black Pepper, item 808464 with a lot number of 3309 (B, F, G, K, P and T) and 3258 (B, D, G, L, P, Q, R, T and X)
20 Pound boxes of Coarse Black Pepper, item 808465 with a lot number of 3309 (B, F, G, K, P and T) and 3258 (B, D, G, L, P, Q, R, T and X)
25 Pound boxes of Fine Black Pepper, item 808466 with a lot number of 3309 (B, F, G, K, P and T) and 3258 (B, D, G, L, P, Q, R, T and X)
50 Pound boxes of Fine Black Pepper, item 808467 with a lot number of 3309 (B, F, G, K, P and T) and 3258 (B, D, G, L, P, Q, R, T and X)
25 Pound boxes of Whole Black Peppercorns, item 808468 with a lot number of 3309 (B, F, G, K, P and T) and 3358 (B, D, G, L, P, Q, R, T and X)
20 Pound boxes of Medium Black Pepper, item 808469 with a lot number of 3309 (B, F, G, K, P and T) and 3358 (B, D, G, L, P, Q, R, T and X)
5 Pound pails of Whole Black Peppercorns, item 808470 with a lot number of 3309 (B, F, G, K, P and T) and 3358 (B, D, G, L, P, Q, R, T and X)

All items packaged and sold within the parameters mentioned are subject to this recall, including items sold on our website, www.dutchvalleyfoods.com1. The items were distributed nationwide. Retailers are advised to remove all these products from store shelves based on lot number or manufacture dates. Consumers who have purchased these products are asked to destroy them. Consumers with questions regarding the products listed may call Dutch Valley Foods at 1-800-733-4191 and speak with customer service. For more information on FDA’s ongoing investigation, visit the FDA’s website at www.fda.gov2.

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25. GNS Foods Voluntarily Recalls Snack Mixes Containing Honey Mustard/Onion Pretzels from National Pretzel Co. associated with Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein (HVP) recalled by Basic Food Flavors, Inc. because of the potential Salmonella contamination.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 8, 2010 – Arlington, TX – GNS Foods, Inc. is announcing a voluntary recall of mixes containing certain pretzels. The products contain the ingredient Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein (HVP) being recalled by Basic Food Flavors because of the potential to contain salmonella. The manufacturer of these pretzels, National Pretzel Co. of San Francisco, CA, used this flavoring, and is voluntarily recalling its related pretzel products. GNS is voluntarily recalling snack mixes which include these pretzels.

Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections, particularly in young children, the elderly, and persons with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and/or abdominal pain. For more information, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website at www.cdc.gov.1

To date, no complaints or illnesses have been reported associated with the products listed below.

Consumers who recently have purchased the items listed below should not consume these products and should return them to the store of purchase for a full refund or replacement.

The items below were sold after January 26th, 2010 in six states through retail stores located in LA, MO, NM, OK, TX, WV.

This voluntary recall involves the following items:

12oz Bags of Honey Mustard Pretzels under the Great Nut Supply brand with a UPC code 726093 77132 and a Lot/Code of 61150/0280.

10oz Plastic Jars of Honey Mustard Pretzels under the brand Spec’s Wines & Fine Foods with a UPC code 000008 98072 and a Lot/Code of 61181/0330 or 210462/0320.

1 lb Bags of Bar Mix under the Great Nut Supply brand with a UPC code 726093 77111 and a Lot/Code of 61147/0260.

26oz Plastic Jars of Bar Mix under the brand Spec’s Wines & Fine Foods with a UPC code 000008 03247 and a Lot/Code of 61190/0330 or 210462/0320.

12oz Plastic Tubs of Bar Mix under the brand Rouses Louisiana’s Best with a UPC code 015418 00319 and a Lot/Code of 60998/0120.

10oz Plastic Jars of Honey Cheddar Mix under the brand Spec’s Wines & Fine Foods with a UPC code 000008 98049 and a Lot/Code of 61183/0330 or 210462/0320.

Consumers or customers who have questions about the above recall may contact GNS Foods toll-free at 800-882-6887 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm CST Monday through Friday. Additional information is available at http://www.gnsfoods.com

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More Salmonella Food Recalls

Posted by feww on March 6, 2010

Previous Recalls:

Salmonella Infected Additive Prompts Massive Food Recall

For the Latest Recalls See Below:

24. National Pretzel Co. Announces Precautionary Recall of Honey Mustard Onion Seasoned Pretzels Because of Possible Health Risk

Company Contact: Heather Sabharwal, Kratos Global
hsabharwal@kratosglobal.com
Tel: 202-577-3272

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 05, 2010 – As a precautionary measure, National Pretzel Company of Lancaster, Pa. is voluntarily recalling all Honey Mustard Onion flavored pretzels produced since December, 2009 because an ingredient used in the seasoning has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The honey mustard onion seasoning contains Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein (HVP) which was recalled by Basic Foods Flavors, Inc. and has 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.

NO illnesses have been reported to date.

NO other National Pretzel products are involved in the recall.

The recalled Honey Mustard Onion seasoned pretzels were distributed nationwide in retail stores and through repackers.

Consumers with questions about the recall may contact the company at 1-717-637-5931.

23.  Estrella Family Creamery Recalls Old Apple Tree Tomme Cheese Due to Possible Health Risks

Contact: Kelli Estrella, Co-Owner/ Tel: 360-249-6541

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 05, 2010 – The Estrella Family Creamery of Montesano, Washington, is recalling a production of Old Apple Tree Tomme cheese 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 infections can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

The Old Apple Tree Tomme cheese was sold at the Ballard and Seattle’s U-District farmer’s markets in Seattle, Washington, and the firm’s farm store in Montesano, Washington the weekend of Feb. 27 and 28, 2010.

The recalled cheese was sold by custom order at the markets and the firm’s farm store, with a label bearing it’s name. The product does not contain a lot code.

No illnesses in connection with this product or any other Estrella cheeses have been reported to date.

The recall is the result of continued sampling by the state of Washington Department of Agriculture, which revealed that one wheel of the finished product contained the Listeria monocytogenes bacteria.

Consumers who have any should return the cheese to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 360.249.6541 between 6:00am – 8:00pm PST.

22. Fresh Food Concepts Announces a Voluntary Recall of Spinach Dips Due to Possible Health Risk

Media Contact: Elizabeth Zaldivar/ Tel: 714-562-5000

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — March 5, 2010 – Buena Park, CA – As a precautionary measure, Fresh Food Concepts, Inc. announced, it is voluntarily recalling certain production codes of Delicioso, De la Casa, Rojo’s and Fresh Food Concepts brand Spinach Dips and Fresh Food Concepts Spinach Dip with Yogurt because an ingredient used in those products has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella is a common food borne pathogen that can cause severe illnesses, including fever, abdominal cramps and diarrhea. While most individuals recover in three to five days without medical intervention, the infection can be life-threatening to young children, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems. Consumers with any of these symptoms should call their physician. For more information on Salmonella, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Website at http://www.cdc.gov.1

Products subject to this recall that were distributed nationwide in plastic tubs and sold in the refrigerated section include:

  • Delicioso Spinach Dip, 12 oz (UPC 29358 10031) with USE BY dates 04/30/10 and before.
  • De la Casa Spinach Dip, 32 oz (UPC 29358 11273) with USE BY dates 04/30/10 and before.
  • Rojo’s Garden Fresh Spinach Dip, 14 oz (UPC 47502 48003) with USE BY dates 04/30/10 and before.
  • Fresh Food Concepts Garden Fresh Spinach Dip, 16 oz (UPC 29358 11364) with USE BY dates 04/30/10 and before.
  • Fresh Food Concepts Spinach Dip with Real Yogurt, 12 oz (UPC 47502 48151) with USE BY dates 04/30/10 and before.

There have been no reports of illnesses associated with the identified products, and no other varieties or types of flavors of products made by Fresh Food Concepts are affected by this recall.

The Spinach Dip products were made using Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein (HVP), manufactured by Basic Food Flavors Inc., Las Vegas, Nevada. The HVP had tested positive for Salmonella at its original manufacturing plant Basic Food Flavors Inc. Because the safety of our consumers is our top priority and out of an abundance of caution, Fresh Food Concepts has voluntarily recalled these products.

Fresh Food Concepts is working closely with the FDA to conduct this recall.

Consumers who have purchased the above affected products are urged return them to their place of purchase for a refund. Consumers with question may contact the company at (714) 562-5000 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PST. Monday through Friday.

21. McCormick & Company Initiates Recall Due to Possible Health Risk from HVP Ingredient

For information contact:
McCormick Corporate Communications: John McCormick 410-771-7110

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 5, 2010 – Sparks, MD – McCormick & Company, Incorporated (NYSE:MKC) is initiating a recall of products manufactured with HVP (hydrolyzed vegetable protein) supplied by Basic Food Flavors of Las Vegas, Nevada, because the ingredient has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

“Consumption of products containing Salmonella 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.”

To date, no illnesses have been associated with these McCormick products. For updated information, go to the CDC and FDA websites.

Recalled products were distributed nationwide and sold in retail stores. Two of the recalled products were also distributed for sale in international markets. The following products are being recalled.

McCormick French Onion Dip Mix sold in 0.53-ounce packages, shipped nationwide and outside the U.S.

McCormick French Onion Dip Mix
Under UPC code 52100168609
“BEST BUY” Dates
OCT 06 11  |  OCT 07 11  |  NOV 03 11  |  NOV 06 11  |  DEC 04 11  |  JAN 04 12  |  JAN 23 12

McCormick Vegetable Dip Mix sold in 1.25-ounce packages, shipped nationwide.

McCormick Vegetable Dip Mix
Under UPC code 52100063850
“BEST BUY” Dates
JUN 08 11    |    JUL 09 11    |    JUL 28 11

McCormick Onion Gravy Mix sold in 0.87-ounce packages, shipped nationwide and outside the U.S.

McCormick Onion Gravy Dip Mix
Under UPC code 52100098807
“BEST BUY” Dates
OCT 08 11   |   OCT 11 11   |   OCT 17 11   |   OCT 18 11
NOV 01 11   |   NOV 03 11   |   NOV 15 11   |   NOV 17 11
DEC 01 11   |   DEC 02 11   |   DEC 28 11   |   DEC 29 11
JAN 22 12    |   JAN 23 12    |   JAN 26 12    |   JAN 30 12
FEB 12 12    |   FEB 13 12   |                        |

McCormick Corn Bread Stuffing sold in 42-ounce (2 lb. 10 oz.) containers, shipped to Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Pennsylvania.

McCormick Corn Bread Stuffing
Under UPC code 5210057199
Product Codes
4519BH      |      4520BH      |      5019BH

Contact the McCormick Consumer Hotline at 1-800-632-5847 or consumer_affairs@mccormick.com for a replacement or reimbursement. Live assistance is available on the Hotline from 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday and 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. EST on Saturday and Sunday.

20. Creative Contract Packaging Corporation Recalls HERB-OX® Bouillon Products Because of Possible Health Risk

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 4, 2010 – Aurora, IL – This action is being taken after Basic Food Flavors, Inc. (“Basic”) issued a recall for all Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein (“HVP”) dry powder manufactured by Basic Food Flavors on or after September 17, 2009, due to a positive test result for Salmonella in a production lot. Our records indicate that some of the HVP being recalled by Basic Food Flavors was used as an ingredient in HERB-OX® items.

As a result, Creative Contract Packaging Corporation of Aurora, Illinois, is recalling specific code dates of HERB-OX® beef, vegetable, and chicken granular bouillon products because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Long-term complications can include severe arthritis.

The UPC number and code date can be found on the package. If you need help finding this information, please call our Consumer Response department at 1-877-446-7635. Our Consumer Response representatives are available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. CT Monday through Friday. Consumers who have purchased these products should not consume them. Instead, we are asking that consumers return these products to their grocer for a full refund.

The following specific code dates of the items listed below are being recalled:

HERB-OX® Bouillon Packets
Product Description: Herbox® Beef Bouillon Net Wt 1.13oz (32g) 8 packets
Code Date: Mar 2012
V02220
Consumer UPC#: 0 336303 9
Retailer/FS Case Code #: 0 33600 37384 7
Product Description: Herbox® Chicken Bouillon Net Wt 1.13oz (32g) 8 packets
Code Date: Mar 2012
V01280
Consumer UPC#: 0 336313 6
Retailer/FS Case Code #: 0 33600 43085 4
Product Description: Herbox® Chicken Bouillon Net Wt 7.05oz (200g) 50 packets
Code Date: V01290
V02040
V02080
Individual Carton Code #: 0 33600 34793 0
Retailer/FS Case Code #: 0 33600 30695 1
Product Description: Herbox® Vegetable Bouillon Net Wt 7.05oz (200g) 50 packets
Code Date: V02020
Individual Carton Code #: 0 33600 35562 1
Retailer/FS Case Code #: 0 33600 31451 2
Product Description: Herbox® Beef Bouillon Net Wt 7.05oz (200g) 50 packets
Code Date: V01190
Individual Carton Code #: 0 33600 35188 3
Retailer/FS Case Code #: 0 33600 31075 0
HERB-OX® Jarred Bouillon
Product Description: Herbox® Beef Bouillon Net Wt 4.0oz (113g)
Code Date: Feb 2013
V01210
Consumer UPC#: 0 336203 0
Retailer/FS Case Code #: 0 33600 42040 4
Product Description: Herbox® Chicken Bouillon Net Wt 4.0oz (113g)
Code Date: Feb 2013
V01200Feb 2013
V01250

Mar 2013
V02030

Consumer UPC#: 0 336213 7
Retailer/FS Case Code #: 0 33600 42041 1

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19. Concord Foods Recalls Concord Foods Seasonings Mixes because of Possible Health Risk

Media Contact:
Jeannie DaRosa
Tel: 508-580-1700, ext 319
jdarosa@concordfoods.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 5, 2010 – Brockton, MA-Concord Foods Inc is voluntarily recalling certain production codes of Concord Foods Vegetable Dip Seasoning mix that is generally sold in the produce department of supermarkets 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.

Concord Foods was notified by its supplier that an ingredient used in these products and produced by Basic Food Flavors Inc is the subject of a voluntary recall due to potential Salmonella contamination.

The product subject to this recall that was distributed nationwide in the United States under the Concord Foods brand in foil pouches and sold in the produce section of the supermarket is:
(Note: The best by date code is embossed on the left edge of the back panel).

Concord Foods Vegetable Dip Seasoning – Homestyle (Best By: 07/27/12).
UPC Code: 041409002066       Net weight 1.5 oz (43 g)

To date no known illnesses have been associated with this product and no other types, varieties or different date codes have been affected by this recall. However, since customer safety is our top priority, Concord Foods has voluntarily recalled this product. Concord Foods is working with Food and Drug Administration to conduct this voluntary recall.

Consumers with products carrying this date code should destroy or return them to the store for a full refund.

Consumers with questions should contact Concord Foods at 1-800-924-5775 (Monday – Friday from 9:00 am-4:30 pm EST).

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