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Recalls

The following is a partial list of recalled products that might be pertinent to your agency's operation. Please log on to the USDA or the FDA website for more information regarding these current food recalls and others. Click HERE to be taken to the USDA Recall information or HERE to be taken to the FDA Recall information.

Carmel Food Group Announces a Voluntary Recall Mislabeled Butternut Squash Ravioli Due to Undeclared Allergens 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 8:14:01 AM

July 25, 2014 – Hayward, CA. Carmel Food Group today issued a voluntary recall of Rising Moon Organics Butternut Squash Ravioli, a frozen product, because of mixed product in the packages with SELL BY APR 09 2015 (ONLY). This mislabeling incident has resulted in product which may contain undeclared allergens, milk, egg, and soy. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk, egg, and soy run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

Product: Rising Moon Organics Butternut Squash Ravioli, 8 oz, UPC# 7-85030-55557-6. One Code Date is affected: Pkg. SELL BY APR 09 2015, Case SELL BY 040915 (ONLY this Sell By date is being recalled).

The product involved was distributed through retail stores nationwide.

The recall was initiated when it was discovered that some packages labeled Butternut Squash that contain ravioli pieces with a different filling that may include milk, egg, and soy ingredients.

No illnesses have been reported to date in association with this product.

Consumers can return the product to their place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions can contact the company at 510-429-0356. Monday – Friday 8am to 5pm, Pacific Time.

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GOMACRO RECALLS "Almond Butter + Carob" and “Sunflower Butter + Chocolate” MacroBars Because of Possible Health Risk 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 8:12:02 AM

July 25, 2014 - GoMacro, of Viola, Wis., is recalling MARCOBARS brand almond butter + carob lots 1634 and 1645 and sunflower butter + chocolate lot 1646, 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.

GoMacro was notified on July 23 by its supplier of carob powder, an ingredient in the company’s almond butter + carob bars, that one of their customers received a positive test for Salmonella. In the interest of abundant caution, GoMacro is voluntarily recalling lot 1646 of sunflower butter + chocolate because it was produced on the same line after lots 1634 and 1645. These MacroBars were distributed across the country and internationally via retail stores, mail order and direct delivery.

Affected MacroBars will be clearly marked as either almond butter + carob with lot numbers 1634 (expiration 10 Mar 15) or 1645 (expiration 18 Mar 15) or sunflower butter + chocolate lot 1646 (expiration 18 Mar 15) and in a foil wrapper.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

The carob powder supplier has ceased the production and distribution of this product. Consumers who have purchased this product are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.

“Even though there is no indication of contamination in our product, GoMacro puts the consumer at the forefront of every decision we make. We offer this voluntary recall in the interest of protecting the health of the consumer,” GoMacro President Jola Sonkin said.

If you have any questions our Operations Manager, Tony Saarem, is available by phone, Monday-Friday 9AM-5PM (CST) at (608)-627-2310 or email at tony@gomacro.com.

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FSIS Issues Public Health Alert for Processed Breaded Chicken Products Produced Without the Benefit of Inspection 

Monday, July 28, 2014 12:14:04 PM

July 25, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health alert because VU Foods, LLC, a Kansas City, Mo., establishment, refused to issue a recall of breaded chicken products for which there is reason to conclude that they are unfit for human consumption. The products were considered for recall because they were produced without inspection.

The products bear the establishment number “P-45038” inside the USDA mark of inspection or on the label. Some labels state that the products were distributed by Tact Foodservice or US Foods. These products will not be identifiable to consumers because they were sent to distributors and labeled for “Use in Restaurant Only.”

The following products were shipped to distribution centers:

  • Select Cut – Cubed Chicken Breast Meat (product code: 10800)
  • Select Cut – Cubed Chicken Breast Meat (product code: 10810)
  • Cubed Chicken Breast Meat (product code: 10500)
  • Pre-Battered Chicken Tender (product code: 80022)
  • Boneless All Natural Chicken Breast Nuggets (product code: 8550)
  • Chicken Dark Meat Nuggets (product code: 20505)
  • KIKKA Boneless All Natural Chicken Breast Nuggets, packed exclusively for KIKKA RESTAURANTS

The problem was discovered by the state of Missouri, which was assisted by law enforcement to enter a warehouse location and observed products that were produced without the benefit of inspection. The state of Missouri notified FSIS of the facility operating without the benefit of inspection on July 15, 2014. On that same day, the state of Missouri began detaining the breaded chicken products produced at the facility and FSIS began detaining additional products on July 17, 2014. FSIS served a Notice of Suspension to VU Foods, LLC, on July 24, 2014. FSIS is continuing to detain the product in question and is conducting trace forward operations with distribution centers to request the product back from their restaurant customers.

The investigation enforcement actions are ongoing and FSIS is prepared to take additional actions or expand the investigation based on new evidence.

FSIS has received no reports of illness due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a health care provider.

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Dancing Star LLC, Issues Voluntary Recall For Various Snacks Which May Be Contaminated With Salmonella 

Monday, July 28, 2014 12:09:09 PM

July 24, 2014 - 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 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 such as arterial infection (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

Products impacted by the recall include:

Dancing Star LLC brand:

Carob Supergreens Chunks of Energy (10# UPC 7-69270-20005--2), production lots (0844-1, 0844-2, 0844-3, 0954-1, 0954-2, 0954-3, 0954-4, 0994-1, 0994-2, 1014, 1094-1, 1094-2, 1094-3, 1154-1, 1154-2, 1154-3, 1154-4, 1574, 1634-1,1634-2, 1634-3, 1644, 1684, 1744-1, 1744-2, 1744-3, 1824-1, 1824-2, 1924-1, 1924-2, 1994).

Carob Supergreens Chunks of Energy (7 oz UPC 7-69270-70008-8), production lot 1014.

Date Flax with Turmeric Chunks of Energy (10# UPC 7-69270-20004-5), production lots (0794-1, 0794-2, 0794-3, 0954, 1004, 1084, 1124, 1134-1, 1134-2, 1134-3, 1134-4, 1134-5, 1624-3, 1784-1, 1914, 1974).

Date Flax Turmeric Chunks of Energy (7 oz UPC 7-69270-70006-4), production lot 1004.

Rave Bites Brand:

Rave Bites Carob Supergreens (7oz UPC 7-69270-70008-8), Sell By Date 6/06/15.

Rave Bites Date Flax with Turmeric (7oz UPC 7-69270-70006-4), Sell By Dates 4/10/15 and 4/25/15.

Bulk Carob Powder:

Bulk organic Carob powder (10# UPC 7-69270-80001-6) Julian dates (0154, 0914, 0974, 0994, 1044, 1054, 1114, 1154, 1194, 1534, 1684, 1704, 1824, 1894).

There are no other flavors of Dancing Star Chunks of Energy or Rave Bites being recalled

The recalled items are distributed nationwide and sold to retail stores, some of them in bulk for the sales of smaller quantities to their customers.

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

Consumers who have purchased this item are urged to not eat the product, and to dispose of it or return it to the store where it was originally purchased for credit.

This precautionary action was taken because the products contain Carob Powder that was part of Ciranda Inc.’s Organic Carob powder recall.

The company is working closely with FDA on this issue. “Ensuring that Dancing Star LLC maintains the highest standards possible,” said Michael Garfield-Wright (owner Dancing Star LLC, Buckland, MA 01338). ”We stand behind the safety and integrity of our products and strive to insure the highest quality possible”.

Customers with questions or who would like product replacements or refunds may contact 413 625-8300 between 8:00-4:30 EST, Monday through Friday, or email recall@chunksofenergy.com.

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Lion Pavilion Issues Alert on Undeclared Sulfites in Tasty Peach Slices 

Monday, July 28, 2014 12:05:37 PM

July 24, 2014 - LION PAVILION LTD. of Maspeth, NY is recalling Tasty Peach Slices because it contains undeclared sulfites. Consumers who have severe sensitivity to sulfites run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reactions if they consume this product.

Tasty Peach Slices is sold in 3.87 ounce (110g), clear plastic jar and was distributed nationwide. It is a product of China.

The recall was initiated after routine sampling by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspectors and subsequent analysis by Food Laboratory personnel revealed the presence of sulfites in the 110g package of Tasty Peach Slices which were not declared on the label. The consumption of 10 milligrams of sulfites per serving has been reported to elicit severe reactions in some asthmatics. Anaphylactic shock could occur in certain sulfite sensitive individuals upon ingesting 10 milligrams or more of sulfites. Analysis of the Tasty Peach Slices revealed they contained 12.75 milligrams per serving.

No illnesses or allergic reactions involving this product have been reported to date. Consumers who have purchased 110g packages of Tasty Peach Slices are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-718-326-7718.

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