Over the last week or so, there have been a series of recalls for a variety of products. Products recalled in the last week include croissants, pretzels, corn, meat, poultry, and shellfish. For ease of review, we have organized the recalls below by the reason given for the recall.

Undeclared Allergens

On August 16, 2016, Bakers of Paris issued a recall for croissants after concerns arose that the products contained an undeclared allergen. Bakers of Paris is an American company located in Brisbane, California. Bakers of Paris shipped the recalled products to 18 different Whole Foods locations in Northern California. A full list of these locations can be found here. Whole Foods sold these products both individually from a self-service case and in groups of 4 in clear plastic packs. Whole Foods labeled the croissants sold in the self-service case as “Croissant” or “Chocolate Croissant”. Both self-service products have the PLU number 481976. Croissants sold in packages either had the PLU number 241593 or 241595. Products affected by the recall are marked with a “packed on” date of 8/16/16 or earlier, and were marked with a “best by” date of 8/16/16. The company recalled the croissants after an agency discovered that Bakers of Paris made the croissants with an egg wash. The company did not declare this egg wash on the label, making the recall necessary. One victim has reported an allergic reaction so far. Health officials have recommended disposing of recalled products immediately.

On August 23, 2016, there was a second recall caused by undeclared allergens. Baptista’s Bakery, Inc. issued a recall for two varieties of pretzel chips. The recall affects Snack Factory Original Pretzel Crisps and Snack Factory Sriracha Lime Pretzel Crisps. Original Pretzel Crisps affected by the recall were packaged in 7.2 oz bags and are labeled with the UPC code 049508006008. They also can be identified by the “Best By” Date 07-01-17. Sriracha Lime Pretzel Crisps under recall can be identified by the UPC code 049508006060 and the “Best By” Date of 07-01-17. Sriracha Lime Pretzels Crisps were also packaged in 7.2 oz bags. No other varieties of pretzel chips are subject to recall. This recall stems from milk, which an agency found in the products, but not declared on the label. There have been no cases of illness linked to this recall.

Listeria monocytogenes

On August 19, 2016, Cambridge Farms, LLC issued a recall for several frozen corn products after a routine inspection found Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The company, based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, recalled frozen corn products under three brand names: Laura Lynn, Key Food, and Better Valu. The Laura Lyn product under recall, Frozen Cut Corn, two different sizes under recall, 16 oz and 32 oz. Sixteen ounce bags affected by the recall are marked with the code SWFF/R10312, SWFFR/10452, or SWFF/R10609 and also have the Best by dates 4/11/18, 5/09/18, and 6/6/18 respectively. Thirty two ounce bags included in the recall have the UPC code 8685401717. They can also be identified by the code SWFF/R10482 and the Best by date 5/10/18. Key Food brand Frozen Cut Corn affected by the recall had the UPC code 7329607091. The 16 oz bags affected by the recall will have a code of either SWFF/R10320 or SWFF/R10405. The Best by dates on affected products are 4/11/18 and 5/2/18 respectively. Better Valu Frozen Cut Corn included in the recall was packaged in 14 oz bags and can be identified by the UPC code 7980124561. These products can also be identified by the code SWFF/R10308 and the Best by date of 4/11/18. The back of the packages bear all of the codes. Cambridge Farms distributed contaminated corn to retail locations in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Virginia, New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky, Maryland, and Florida. There have not been any reports of illness linked to this recall.

Listeria monocytogenes poisoning is a rare but serious form of foodborne illness. The CDC estimates that there are about 1600 cases of Listeria infection each year in the United States. Listeria monocytogenes bacteria cause an illness called Listeriosis. A Listeriosis infection will produce symptoms between 3 and 70 days after the initial exposure to the bacteria. Once the infection surfaces, it will produce symptoms including headaches, muscle aches, nausea, diarrhea, and stiff neck. Those with certain risk factors, including the elderly, children, pregnant women, and those with suppressed immune systems may be at an increased risk of developing a serious Listeria infection. If you or a loved one begins to show the symptoms of a Listeria infection, contact a medical professional.

Lack of Inspection

On August 21, 2016, Panna Cafe Express To Go Inc. issued a recall for more than 1,951 pounds of various meat and poultry products. Panna Cafe Express To Go Inc. shipped the products without inspection by federal officials. The recall includes meat and poultry products that are heat treated, not fully cooked, and not shelf stable. A full list of recalled products can be found here. Panna Cafe Express To Go Inc. produced and packaged the products affected by the recall on the dates between June 2 and August 17, 2016. One can identify the products affected by the recall by the establishment number “EST. 40245” or “P-40245” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The company distributed these products to food service, retail, and distributor locations across Florida. There have not been any illnesses associated with this recall, but health officials have recommended that all in possession of any recalled products throw them out.

Salmonella

On August 22, 2016, Canadian officials announced a recall of oysters produced by Five Star Shellfish samples taken by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency came back positive for Salmonella bacteria. There were two different products affected by the recall. The first product involved in the recall is Large Standard Oysters. They were sold in packages of 100 oysters, and can be identified by the harvest date of 13-Aug-16 and the harvest location of PEI 1Q. The other product is Mixed Oysters, which can be identified by the harvest date of 13-Aug-16 and the harvest location of PEI 1Q. Five Star Shellfish distributed the recalled oysters to Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, and possibly other areas in Canada.

Salmonella is a very common form of foodborne illness, causing a CDC estimated 1.2 million cases of illness per year. A Salmonella infection occurs within 12 and 72 hours after exposure to the bacteria. Generally, the symptoms of a Salmonella infection include nausea, fever, diarrhea, and vomiting. Although a Salmonella infection may go away on its own within a week, the symptoms may linger or worsen, making medical attention necessary. Those with certain risk factors, including children, the elderly, and those with suppressed immune systems, may be at an increased risk of contracting a serious case of Salmonella poisoning. If you or a loved one begins to show the symptoms of Salmonella poisoning, contact a medical professional.

 

Sources:

http://www.inspection.gc.ca/about-the-cfia/newsroom/food-recall-warnings/complete-listing/2016-08-22/eng/1471913932565/1471913934460

http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/wcm/connect/FSIS-Content/internet/main/topics/recalls-and-public-health-alerts/recall-case-archive/archive/2016/recall-072-2016-release

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm517435.htm

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm517124.htm

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm517720.htm