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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Tiny Greens Organic Farm Food Recalls All Alfalfa Sprouts and Spicy Sprouts Due To Salmonella Contamination

TINY GREENS ORGANIC FARM FOOD CO. RECALLS PRODUCT BECAUSE OF POSSIBLE HEALTH RISK


Contact: 
Office 
(217) 328-9367
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 29, 2010  Tiny Greens of Urbana, Ill., is recalling all Alfalfa Sprouts and Spicy Sprouts from November 1st thru December 21st because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.  Product was distributed thru various distributors in Illinois, Indiana, and Missouri and could have ended up in restaurants and supermarkets near those areas.  

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.  

We have decided to voluntarily recall our 4 oz. Spicy Sprouts and our 4 oz., 1 lb., 2 lb., & 5 lb. Alfalfa Sprouts (all package sizes) with lot codes 348, 350, or 354, or having a “sell by” date of 12/29/10, 12/31/10 or 1/04/11. As well, we would like to recall any product containing alfalfa sprouts with our lot number 305 thru 348 or ”sell by” dates from 12/16/10 thru 12/29/10.   

The mutual goal of both the FDA and Tiny Greens is to pinpoint the source of the contamination and stop the spread of Salmonella.  To this end, Tiny Greens has decided that it is better to risk its reputation than to risk getting anyone sick. There is only a statistical association at this point to Tiny Greens alfalfa sprouts and The FDA and Tiny Greens are continuing to work closely together, sharing all data with each other to find the source of the problem.  

There have been 51 confirmed cases of Salmonella I, 4, [5] I, 12, i-, in Illinois and around that same number in 15 other states. This is a common strain for Salmonella contamination and the cases in distant states are probably not linked to the ones in Illinois. 

The illnesses were reported after individuals reported eating alfalfa sprouts at Jimmy John's restaurants in Illinois. The FDA and Tiny Greens and the Illinois Department of Public Health continue their investigation as to what caused the problem.  

If consumers have any of the product they can return it for full credit or destroy it by placing it in a plastic bag or other closed container before discarding it. Consumers can call 1-800-352-8526 for more information from 9am till 5pm.

Mexicantown Wholesale of Detroit, Michigan Recalls All Lots Of Cuernos (croissants)

Mexicantown Wholesale Issues Allergy Alert For Undeclared Milk in Cuernos (Croissants)


Contact:
Mexicantown Wholesale
313-894-2000 - x105

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - December 28, 2010 - Mexicantown Wholesale of Detroit, Michigan is recalling all lots of cuernos (croissants) manufactured between 6/27/2010 and 12/28/2010, because they may contain undeclared milk. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. The recalled cuernos also contain undeclared wheat and FD&C yellow, which can elicit moderate reactions in sensitive individuals.
Cuernos are sold in clear plastic bags of three or four. Packages are marked as “Cuernos Plain (croissant)” with plain labeling or Mexicantown labeling, and the UPC code 95640 00035. Cuernos packages are distributed only in Michigan through retail stores.
Consumers should check their packages of cuernos to determine whether the manufacture date is between 6/27/2010 and 12/28/2010. The date is marked on a colored label and is coded as follows: a six digit number with the first two digits representing the year, the second two digits representing the month, and the final two digits representing the date.

No allergic reactions or illnesses have been reported to date.
The recall was initiated after it was discovered that cuernos were distributed in packaging that did not identify the presence of milk, wheat, and FD&C yellow#5. An investigation revealed that a change in the brand of one ingredient resulted in the addition of milk as a sub-ingredient.
Consumers who have recalled cuernos should contact Mexicantown Wholesale for an exchange or refund at 313-894-2000 ext. 105, Monday through Friday, 9am to 5 pm EST.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Mojave Foods Corporation Recalls El Guapo Shelled Walnuts Due To Possible Salmonella Contamination.

Contact:
Craig Berger 
323-890-8900, Extension 133

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - LOS ANGELES, CA, DECEMBER 8, 2010 – Mojave Foods Corporation is initiating a recall of sixty (60) packages of El Guapo Shelled Walnuts 1 OZ, date code 5527, manufactured with walnuts supplied by Atlas Walnuts, Visalia, California, because we were advised by the supplier that 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 this Mojave product.  The recalled product was distributed only in southern California and sold in retail stores.  The following product is being recalled. 
El Guapo Nuez Entera / Shelled Walnuts sold in 1-ounce packages, UPC 4498933144, date code 5527.  The code date is embossed on the front of the package under the El Guapo banner.

Consumers are urged to not consume the recalled product and to destroy it.  Contact the Mojave Customer Service number at 1-800-995-8906, Extension 114 for a replacement or reimbursement.  Live assistance is available on the phone from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. PST, Monday through Friday.

Monday, December 6, 2010

The Suter Company, Inc., Recalls 72,000 Pounds of Canned Chicken Salad Products

Recall ReleaseCLASS II RECALL
FSIS-RC-064-2010HEALTH RISK: LOW


Congressional and Public Affairs
(202) 720-9113
Joan Lindenberger

Editor's Note (Dec 5, 2010): FSIS is re-issuing Recall Release RC-064-2010, based on further information from the recalling firm, to correct the "Best-by" date information that enables consumers to confirm they do not have products subject to this recall. No other information has changed.

WASHINGTON, Dec. 5, 2010 - The Suter Company, Inc., a Sycamore, Ill., establishment, is recalling approximately 72,000 pounds of canned chicken salad products that may contain foreign materials, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. 

The products subject to recall include: [View Labels (PDF Only)]
  • 8.2-ounce packages of "BUMBLE BEE LUNCH ON THE RUN CHICKEN SALAD COMPLETE LUNCH KIT." The package contains a 2.9-ounce can of Bumble Bee Chicken Salad along with crackers, mixed fruit, a cookie and a spoon. The package label indicates the product is "Mixed and Ready to Eat." The product package indicates a "Best-by" date of 07/11.
  • 3.5-ounce packages of "BUMBLE BEE CHICKEN SALAD WITH CRACKERS." The package contains a 2.9-can of Bumble Bee Chicken Salad and crackers. The package label indicates the product is "Ready to Eat." The product package indicates a "Best-by" date of 01/12 or 02/12.

The cans of chicken salad bear the establishment number "P-169" inside the USDA mark of inspection and the lot code "0225XXQBC" printed on the package. The chicken salad products were assembled between Aug. 14 and Aug 28, 2010, and shipped to distributors and retail stores nationwide. 

The problem was discovered after consumer complaints about finding hard plastic in the product. FSIS has not received any reports of injury at this time. Anyone concerned about an injury from consumption of this product should contact a physician. 

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. 

Consumers and media with questions about the recall should contact Tim Suter at (815) 895-9186. 

Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day atAskKaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.

Diana's Mexican Food Products, Inc. Recalls Chicken Tamales

Recall ReleaseCLASS I RECALL
FSIS-RC-063-2010HEALTH RISK: HIGH


Congressional and Public Affairs
(202) 720-9113
Bill Bagley

WASHINGTON, Dec. 3, 2010 - Diana's Mexican Food Products, Inc. a Lawndale, Ca. establishment, is recalling approximately 41,670 pounds of chicken tamales because they contain an undeclared allergen, whey, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. Whey is a known allergen, which is not declared on the label. 

The following products are subject to recall: [View Label (PDF Only)]
  • 15 lb. boxes of "Diana's Central Meat Market Chicken Tamales (wrapped in rice paper)", with each box containing 48 5 oz. tamales.

Each package bears the establishment number "P-4158" inside the USDA mark of inspection. The tamales were produced between February 2010 and Dec. 2, 2010, and were distributed to restaurants in California. 

The problem was discovered by FSIS during a routine inspection. FSIS and the company have received no reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an allergic reaction should contact a physician. 

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers, including restaurants, of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.

Consumer and media with questions about the recall should contact Sam Magana at (562) 404-3098.

Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day atAskKaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.

N.Y. Gourmet Salads, Inc., Recalls various meat and poultry products

Recall ReleaseCLASS I RECALL
FSIS-RC-062-2010HEALTH RISK: HIGH


Congressional and Public Affairs
(202) 720-9113
Catherine Cochran

WASHINGTON, Dec. 2, 2010 - N.Y. Gourmet Salads, Inc., a Brooklyn, N.Y., establishment, is recalling an undetermined amount of various meat and poultry products that were produced without the benefit of federal inspection, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The following products are subject to recall:
  • 4.5-pound and 5-pound containers of "Lemon Grilled Chicken"
  • 4.5-pound and 5-pound containers of "Meatballs"
  • 4.5-pound and 5-pound containers of "Meatballs and Sauce"
  • 4.5-pound and 5-pound containers of "Swedish Meatballs"
  • 5-pound containers of "Sausage and Peppers"
  • 4.5-pound and 5-pound containers of "Chicken Salad"
  • 5-pound containers of "Grilled Chicken"
  • 5-pound containers of "Grilled Chicken, Plain"
  • 4.5-pound and 5-pound containers of "Breaded Chicken"
  • 6-pound containers of "Stuffed Cabbage"
  • 5-pound containers "Teriyaki Grilled Chicken"
  • 5-pound containers "Chopped Chicken Liver"

The implicated products were produced between March 11, 2010, and Oct. 29, 2010, and were distributed to retail establishments in New York. Labeling information on these products is currently unknown, unless otherwise noted above. The products subject to this recall may or may not bear the N.Y. Gourmet Salads Inc. label with the establishment number "P-34440" or "Est. 34440" inside the USDA mark of inspection. A retail distribution list(s) is available on the FSIS' website at www.fsis.usda.gov/FSIS_Recalls/
Open_Federal_Cases/index.asp
. 

These products were the subject of a public health alertissued on Oct. 30, 2010. After a continued investigation by FSIS, the products are now being recalled by the firm. FSIS has received no reports of illness due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a physician. 

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. 

Consumer and media questions regarding the recall should be directed to the company Vice President Lenny Spada at (718) 765-0082. 

Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day atAskKaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.

CPSC Recalls For December Up To Today (06 Dec 2010)

bulletAmerTac Recalls Night Lights Due to Fire and Burn Hazard

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, American Tack & Hardware Co. Inc. (AmerTac), of Saddle River, N.J., is voluntarily recalling about 272,000 Forever-Glo® Cylinder Nite Lites. An electrical short circuit in the night light can cause it to overheat and smolder or melt which can burn consumers or result in a fire.
bulletThe First Years® Recalls American Red Cross® Cabinet Swing Locks; Latches Can Fail to Prevent Access by Children
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Learning Curve Brands Inc. d/b/a The First Years, of Oak Brook, Ill., is voluntarily recalling about 41,300 Cabinet Locks. The installed latches can break and children could gain access to contents of a cabinet, posing the risk of exposure to hazardous items.
bulletCPSC Gives Consumers a Holiday Home Decorating Safety Guide
The winter holiday season has arrived, and as consumers prepare to make their homes merry and bright, CPSC is providing a holiday decorating guide to help prevent fires and injuries this season. The common-sense safety tips include simple steps, such as careful candle placement and inspection of holiday lights for damage.
bulletLowe's Stores Recall to Repair Roman Shades and Roll-Up Blinds; Two Near Strangulations Involved Young Children
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Lowe's Home Centers, Inc., of Wilkesboro, N. C. and Lowe's HIW, Inc., of Tukwila, Wash. (Lowe's Stores), is voluntarily recalling about 6 million Roman shades and about 5 million roll-up blinds. The shades and blinds pose a strangulation risk to children.

Winter Bee Agrees to $200,000 Civil Penalty for Failing to Report Drawstrings in Children's Sweatshirts


bulletWinter Bee Agrees to $200,000 Civil Penalty for Failing to Report Drawstrings in Children's Sweatshirts

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced today that Winter Bee Inc. of Los Angeles, Calif., has agreed to a civil penalty of $200,000. The penalty settlement (pdf), which has been accepted provisionally by the Commission, provides that Winter Bee must pay $40,000 of the $200,000 penalty. The Commission agreed to suspend $160,000 of the penalty because the firm demonstrated an inability to pay the full amount. The full amount could become due immediately if CPSC finds that Winter Bee misrepresented its financial condition. The settlement resolves CPSC staff allegations that Winter Bee knowingly failed to report to CPSC immediately, as required by federal law, that children's hooded sweatshirts it manufactured and sold had drawstrings at the neck.
Children's upper outerwear with drawstrings, including sweatshirts, poses a strangulation hazard to children that can result in serious injury or death. In June 2009, CPSC and Winter Bee announced a recall of 80,000 children's hooded sweatshirts with drawstrings at the neck. Winter Bee manufactured and sold two styles of these sweatshirts under the brand name "Speedy" at various retailers in the Los Angeles area.
CPSC issued drawstring guidelines (pdf) in 1996, to help prevent children from strangling on or getting entangled in the neck and waist drawstrings of upper outerwear, such as jackets and sweatshirts. In 1997, industry adopted a voluntary standard for drawstrings that incorporated the CPSC guidelines. In May 2006, CPSC's Office of Compliance announced (pdf) that children's upper outerwear with drawstrings at the hood or neck would be regarded as defective and as presenting a substantial risk of injury to young children.
Federal law requires manufacturers, distributors, and retailers to report to CPSC immediately (within 24 hours) after obtaining information reasonably supporting the conclusion that a product contains a defect which could create a substantial product hazard, creates an unreasonable risk of serious injury or death, or fails to comply with any consumer product safety rule or any other rule, regulation, standard, or ban enforced by CPSC.
In agreeing to the settlement, Winter Bee denies CPSC staff allegations that it knowingly violated the law.
Statement of Commissioner Nancy Nord on the Proposed Civil Penalty Settlement for Winter Bee (pdf)

Intelli Health Products Recalls All Lots Of Duro Extend Capsules for Men Marketed as Dietary Supplements

Contact:
Intelli Health Products
Intellihealth1@gmail.com
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - December 2, 2010 - Intelli Health Products announced today that it is expanding their voluntary nationwide recall of Duro Extend Capsules For Men, to include all lot codes.  Intelli Health Products is conducting this recall after being informed by representatives of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that laboratory analysis of Duro Extend Capsules For Men found the product to be adulterated with Sulfoaidenafil, an analogue of Sildenafil which is an FDA approved drug used in the treatment of Erectile Dysfunction (ED), making it an unapproved new drug. 
Use of this product may pose a threat to consumers because the analogue may interact with nitrates found in some prescription drugs (such as nitroglycerin) and may lower blood pressure to dangerous levels. Consumers with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or heart disease often take nitrates. ED is a common problem in men with these conditions, and consumers may seek these types of products to enhance sexual performance.
Duro Extend Capsules are sold nationwide. The products are sold individually as a blister pack containing one capsule per unit, in 12-pack or 24-pack display boxes, and in bulk in 3 count and 10 count bottles.  Lot number and expiration dates appear on the seal.  Consumers who have Duro Extend Capsules in their possession should stop using them immediately. 
In the event of any adverse side effects due to the consumption of these products, consumers should contact a physician immediately. Any adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of this product may be reported to the FDA's MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either online, by regular mail or by fax.
Regular Mail: use postage-paid, pre-addressed Form FDA 3500 available at: http://www.fda.gov/MedWatch/getforms.htm. Mail to address on the pre-addressed form.
Fax: 1-800-FDA-0178
The Company is advising consumers to return any unused Duro Extend Capsules, to the retail location from which it was purchased or to the Company directly if it was purchased from the Company as a part of its Direct Response Program. Consumers can send unused capsules directly to the company.
                                              Intelli Health Products
                                              80 Southwest 8th Street
                                                Suite 2000
                                                Miami, FL 33130
                                              Phone: 1-800-861-6022
                                               

Rushing Waters Fisheries, Palmyra, Recalls Smoked Fish Spread; May Be Contaminated With Listeria

Contact:
Donna Gilson (DATCP)
608-224-5130
Peter Fritsch (Rushing Waters)
800-378-7088 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - November 30, 2010 - Rushing Waters Fisheries, Palmyra, is recalling about 225 pounds of smoked trout and smoked salmon spreads, because the products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
No illnesses have been reported from eating this product. The contamination was discovered through routine testing conducted by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection.
The recalled products are smoked trout spread labeled lot number 00694 with a sell-by date of Dec 13, and smoked salmon spread labeled with lot 50012 with a sell-by date of Dec 11. Lot numbers and dates are on the bottom of the container. Affected smoked fish spreads were sold in eight-ounce containers and 4.5-pound round plastic tubs in southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.
Consumers who have this product in their refrigerator can discard it or return it to the place of purchase for a refund. For more information contact Rushing Waters at 1-800-378-7088.
Only the smoked fish spreads with the matching lots and dates are being recalled; no other Rushing Waters Fisheries LLC products are included in the recall.
Most healthy individuals are either unaffected by Listeria or experience mild flulike symptoms. However, it can cause complications in pregnant women and have more serious effects on newborns, older adults and people with compromised immune systems.