Ohio: Turkey Breast Recall, Misbranding Allergens

In a nutshell:  Last time I looked — soy and wheat were not seasonings. Here they were not declared on the label and people who have allergies to soy or wheat (or both) could have serious medical repercussions. from the company press release distributed by the FDA WASHINGTON, Oct 20, 2011 – Kuck’s Turkey Farm, a St. Marys, Ohio establishment, is recalling approximately 2,325 pounds of fully cooked skinless turkey breast products. The products contain wheat and soy, which are not declared on the label, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. Wheat and
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Mid Atlantic states food recall – beer marinades

In a nutshell: undeclared allergen wheat / soy in marinade – Mid-Atlantic states only from the company press release distributed by the FDA FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 12, 2011 – Whole Foods Market announces that it is recalling two beer-flavored marinades sold in Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Princeton and Marlton, New Jersey and Washington, D.C. because of undeclared wheat and soy allergens on the label. The recalled marinades are Whole Foods Market Stout Beer Marinade, UPC code 000000305716, and Whole Foods Market Lager Beer Marinade UPC code 000000305723, both made in Landover, Maryland. The products come in 15-ounce,
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Food recall: layer dip with guacamole, possible food poisoning

In a nutshell: Some avocado pulp used in a certain brand of Layer Dips may be contaminated with listeria. From the company press release distributed by the FDA FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 12, 2011 – Fresh Food Concepts, Inc. of Buena Park, CA is voluntarily recalling various Layer Dip products containing guacamole because the avocado 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,
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food safety: 36 million pounds of Cargill ground turkey recalled

36 million pounds of Cargill ground turkey recalled I have just lost my appetite for a turkey burger. According to the Cargill press release: Cargill Value Added Meats Retail, a business unit of Wichita-based Cargill Meat Solutions Corporation, today announced an immediate Class I voluntary recall of approximately 36 million pounds of fresh and frozen ground turkey products produced at the company’s Springdale, Ark., facility from Feb. 20, 2011, through Aug. 2, 2011, due to possible contamination from Salmonella Heidelberg. Cargill is initiating this recall as a result of its internal investigation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) information
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Food Safety: Food Recall – Boneless Beef Products – Florida, Illinois

In a nutshell: Beef products found with de-worming agent (for dogs) found recalled. Another reason to eat local grass-fed beef. from the press release WASHINGTON, July 27, 2011 – Northwestern Meat, Inc., a Miami, Fla. firm, is recalling approximately 6,240 pounds of frozen boneless beef products imported from Honduras that may contain the animal drug Ivermectin, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. Ivermectin is a broad-spectrum anti-parasitic and is used as a de-worming agent in live animals. (i.e. heartworm medication for dogs) The following products are subject to recall: –60-pound cases of “C&D”
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Food recall: Dole fresh Italian blend salad in 12 states

In a nutshell: Dole recall for salads that expired 3 days ago. Fortunately, no reported illnesses. From the Dole press release distributed by the FDA FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 22, 2011 – Dole Fresh Vegetables is voluntarily recalling 2,880 cases of DOLE® Italian Blend salad with Use-by Date of June 19, 2011, UPC code 7143000819 and Product Codes 0049A157201A, 0049A157201B, 0049A157202A, 0049A157202B, 0686A157202A, 0686A157202B and 442 cases of Kroger Fresh Selections Italian Style Blend salad with Use-by-Date of June 19, 2011, UPC code 1111091045 and Product Codes A157201A & A157201B, due to a possible health risk from Listeria monocytogenes.
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Chicken Soup Recall, Food Safety

In a nutshell: A chicken noodle soup label really contains cream of chicken soup. Milk is an allergen not declared on the label. The soup is sold at Wal-Mart. From the Bay Valley Foods press release WASHINGTON, April 30, 2011 – Bay Valley Foods, LLC, a Pittsburgh, Pa., establishment is recalling approximately 188,181 pounds of Reduced Sodium Chicken Noodle Soup because it may contain an undeclared allergen. The product label indicates that the can contains Chicken Noodle Soup; however, it may contain Cream of Chicken Soup. The product was prepared using an ingredient blend that contained milk, a known allergen,
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Food Recall: Turmeric Spice Sold at Target

In a nutshell: What does lead have to do with turmeric? From the press release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 15, 2011 – B&M, Inc. of Mount Vernon, Missouri is voluntarily recalling Archer Farms Ground Turmeric sold at Target stores in glass bottles with a net weight of 2.6 oz. (74g), due to elevated levels of lead. Lead can accumulate in the body over time. Too much can cause health problems, including delayed mental and physical development and learning deficiencies. Pregnant women, infants and young children especially should avoid exposure to lead. People concerned about blood lead levels should contact
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Food Recall: Lean Cuisine Spaghetti & Meatballs

In a nutshell: Lean Cuisine brand spaghetti and meatballs may contain foreign materials. Recall is east of the Rocky Mountains. from the Nestle press release WASHINGTON, March 14, 2011 -Nestle Prepared Foods Company, Gaffney, S.C., establishment, is recalling approximately 10,260 pounds of frozen spaghetti and meatball entrees 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: 9.5-oz. packages of “Lean Cuisine Simple Favorites, Spaghetti with Meatballs.” The packages bear the establishment number “P-7991” and the case code “0298595519P” and a best before date of November,
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Going nuts: Publix ice cream recall in 5 southeast states

In a nutshell: Nutty mix-up at Publix Super Markets in the Southeast. FYI: Someone at the FDA doesn’t know how to spell “immediate.” from the company press release distributed by the FDA FOR IMMIDIATE RELEASE – LAKELAND, Fla., Jan. 28, 2011 — Publix Super Markets is issuing a voluntary recall for Publix Premium Light Tiramisu Ice Cream, which may contain Publix Premium Coffee Almond Fudge Light Ice Cream, resulting in the presence of an undeclared almond allergen. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to almonds run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this
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