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South Florida Produce, LLC. Recalls Jalapeno Peppers

In Food Recalls on March 31, 2012 at 1:31 am

South Florida Produce, LLC is recalling Jalapeno Peppers, 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 Salmonellacan 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 recalled Jalapeno Peppers were distributed to Distributors in Oxford, NC, Lake Worth, FL, Washington, DC, Pompano Beach, FL, Fair Lawn, NJ, Toronto, Ontario, Canada via customer truck between March 5 through March 7, 2012.

The product comes in bulk 1 1/9 bushel cartons marked with the lot #’s J000010995, J000010996, J000010997, J000010998, J000010999, J000011000, J000020135, J000020136, J000020137, J000020138, J000020139 and J000030053.  These lots #’s appear on the pallet labels located on the front and back of each pallet.

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

The potential for contamination was noted during a routine testing by a retail store which revealed the possible presence of Salmonella in packs of 2, 10 and 40 count packages.

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm297952.htm

 

Topnotch Cookies & Cakes Issues Allergy Alert On Undeclared Milk In Chocolate Chip Chunk Cookies

In Food Recalls on March 31, 2012 at 1:28 am

opnotch Cookies & Cakes of Westland, MI is recalling 550 Chocolate Chip Chunk Cookies because it may contain undeclared traces of milk in the “butter vanilla flavor”  “containing milk ingredients”.

People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume the product.

Cookies were distributed in Detroit and Lansing, MI, Cleveland, OH, and Chicago, IL to retail stores.

Cookie is individually labeled and hand wrapped in clear wrap. Net wt. 3.4 oz., with the expiration on or before April 13, 2012.

No illness has been reported at this time. The recall was initiated after it was discovered the product contained milk product and the packaging did not reveal the
presence of milk.

Investigation indicates the flavor company where the “butter & vanilla flavor” was purchased added the milk product to their flavor and Topnotch did not have
this knowledge.  No further production will have use of the “butter & vanilla flavor”,   The problem has been corrected.

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm297904.htm

Certain 2006 Honda CR-V Models Recalled

In Uncategorized on March 29, 2012 at 1:56 am

Recalls of due to the inability to secure a child seat properly or a hydraulic bar for the rear hatch that isn’t strong enough are relatively bad, but when we hear of issues with the suspension that could prove crash-worthy are very frightening.

Honda has announced a voluntary recall of 1 316 CR-V’s because it expected that the weld that holds the right front lower control arm could give way.

 

http://www.autoevolution.com/news/certain-2006-honda-cr-v-models-recalled-43631.html

Dolls Recalled by Lakeshore Learning Materials Due to Choking Hazard

In Uncategorized on March 29, 2012 at 1:52 am

Feels Real Baby Dolls

Units: About 3,900 in the U.S., 400 in Canada

Importer: Lakeshore Learning Materials of Carson, Calif.

Manufacturer: Yan Hong Toys, Dongguan, China

Hazard: The fingers and toes of the dolls can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported

Description: Feels Real Baby Dolls are 14-inch high plastic dolls with movable arms, legs, and head. The dolls are Hispanic, Caucasian, Asian and Black and are dressed in diapers with a colored hearts, stars and swirl print. Two labels are sewn inside the back of the diaper. “Lakeshore” is written on the larger label. The number “550200” is written on the smaller label.

Sold at: Lakeshore Learning Materials catalogs and online at http://www.lakeshorelearning.com from May 2011 through January 2012 for about $20.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take these dolls away from children and contact the company for a free replacement doll.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, please contact Lakeshore Learning Materials at (800) 428-4414 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or visit the company’s website at www.lakeshorelearning.com. Lakeshore Learning Materials is contacting its customers directly.

Picture of recalled baby dolls

Club Chef LLC Recalls Salsa Because Of Possible Health Risk

In Uncategorized on March 29, 2012 at 1:47 am

Club Chef LLC is recalling its 12 oz., 16 oz. and 5 lb. Salsa products 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 Salmonellacan 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 product is sold in 12 oz. (Private Selection brand name) and 16 oz. (heinen’s brand name) clear plastic packages and 5 lb. plastic trays (foodservice distributors) marked with Use by Date of 3/27/2012. UPC numbers located on the packages are as follows:

    Private Selection 12 oz. brand:
    heinen’s 16oz. brand:
PICO DE GALLO – UPC# 11111091135 HOT SALSA – UPC# 2060100024
HOT SALSA – UPC# 1111091139 MILD SALSA – UPC# 2060100026
MILD SALSA – UPC# 1111091137  

The identified product was distributed to retailers and foodservice distributors on 3/14/12 and 3/15/12 within eleven states: Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina, Indiana and Illinois.

While there have been no illnesses reported to date in connection with this problem, Club Chef is collaborating closely with the FDA and adhering to all safety regulations and standards.

The potential for contamination was noted after a random test by the Ohio Department of Agriculture in a store in Ohio which revealed the presence of Salmonella in a case of Jalapeno peppers. Jalapeno peppers are one of the ingredients in the Salsa.

Consumers who have purchased the Salsa products are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-859-578-3143; M-F; 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. EST.

 

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm297715.htm

Strong America Ltd. Issues an Alert on Undeclared Sulfites in Golden Smell Brand “Dried Potato”

In Uncategorized on March 29, 2012 at 1:45 am

Strong America Ltd. is recalling 6oz Golden Smell brand “Dried Potato” package packages because they contain undeclared sulfites. People who have a sever sensitivity to sulfites run the risk of serious or life-threatening reaction if they consume this product.

The recalled Golden Smell brand “Dried Potato” is packed in 6oz plastic bags and was sold in NY, MA, and PA. The recalled “Dried Potato” is a product of China.

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

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 product 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 “Dried Potato” revealed that it contained 36 milligrams per serving.

Consumers who have Golden Smell brand “Dried Potato” can return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 718-628-6200.

 

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm297520.htm

FDA 101 – Product Recalls

In Uncategorized on March 26, 2012 at 3:35 am

A Video must see

What is a recall?

In Uncategorized on March 26, 2012 at 3:16 am

A recall is an action taken to address a problem with a medical device that violates FDA law. Recalls occur when a medical device is defective, when it could be a risk to health, or when it is both defective and a risk to health.

A medical device recall does not always mean that you must stop using the product or return it to the company. A recall sometimes means that the medical device needs to be checked, adjusted, or fixed. If an implanted device (for example, a pacemaker or an artificial hip) is recalled, it does not always have to be removed. When an implanted device has the potential to fail unexpectedly, companies often tell doctors to contact their patients to discuss the risk of removing the device compared to the risk of leaving it in place.

Examples of the types of actions that may be considered recalls:

  • Inspecting the device for problems
  • Repairing the device
  • Adjusting settings on the device
  • Re-labeling the device
  • Destroying device
  • Notifying patients of a problem
  • Monitoring patients for health issues

Sometimes a company may have concerns about a group of products, but it cannot predict which individual devices will be affected. To be on the safe side, the company may recall an entire lot, model, or product line.

A recall is either a correction or a removal depending on where the action takes place.

  • Correction – Addresses a problem with a medical device in the place where it is used or sold.
  • Removal – Addresses a problem with a medical device by removing it from where it is used or sold.

 

Who recalls medical devices?

In most cases, a company (manufacturer, distributor, or other responsible party) recalls a medical device on its own (voluntarily). When a company learns that it has a product that violates FDA law, it does two things:

  • Recalls the device (through correction or removal)
  • Notifies FDA.

Legally, FDA can require a company to recall a device. This could happen if a company refuses to recall a device that is associated with significant health problems or death. However, in practice, FDA has rarely needed to require a medical device recall.

 

http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/Safety/RecallsCorrectionsRemovals/default.htm

Lawson Food Pork Recall

In Uncategorized on March 26, 2012 at 3:11 am

 Lawson Foods LLC, an Irvington, N.J., establishment, is recalling approximately 84,587 pounds of pork product, as it includes pork product imported from Canada that was not properly presented for re-inspection upon entry into the United States, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. 

The following product is subject to recall:

  • Various weight cases of “PORK SHOULDER BUTTS,” with an identifying case code of “30312.”

The product subject to recall bears the establishment number “EST. 34227” inside the USDA mark of inspection. This product was produced on March 3, 2012, and was distributed to one wholesale firm in New Jersey. 

FSIS discovered the problem after the imported product did not arrive from Canada at the designated time of arrival. FSIS looked into the matter and found that the imported pork product, inspected and passed by the Canadian authorities, actually entered into the country earlier and was sold to the recalling company without being presented to the agency for re-inspection. FSIS and the company have received no reports of illness due to consumption of this product. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a health care provider. 

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 recalled product is no longer available to consumers. 

Texas Firm Recalls Beef Sausage Products Due To Possible Listeria Contamination

In Uncategorized on March 26, 2012 at 2:59 am

Southside Market & BBQ, an Elgin, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 2,373 pounds of ready-to-eat beef sausage products that may have been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The following products are subject to recall:

  • 16 oz. packages of “Southside Market & BBQ Original Beef Sausage,” Lot # 065-E
  • 16 oz. and 48 oz. packages of “Southside Market & BBQ Original Beef Sausage,” Lot #’s 065-A, 065-B, 065-C, and 065-D
  • 16 oz. packages of “Southside Market & BBQ 1882 Hot Recipe Beef Sausage,” Lot # 065-D

http://www.fsis.usda.gov/News_&_Events/Recall_016_2012_Release/index.asp