Over the last week or so, there have been many recalled products, including fresh cut vegetables, sausage, macadamia nuts, black pepper, and mooncakes. As the authorities and companies have recalled many of these products for different reasons, we have organized the recalls listed below by the cause of the recall.
On August 26, 2016, Country Fresh LLC, a company based in Conroe, Texas, issued a huge recall for a variety of fresh cut vegetable products. About 30,000 total cases of vegetables have been involved in the recall. The products affected by the recall have “BEST IF USED BY” dates falling between 8/7/16 and 8/19/16. The company packaged these products in either clear plastic containers or in a Styrofoam tray covered in plastic film. The company shipped the products involved in the recall to Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. Retailers sold these products under both the Country Fresh brand name and other various store brands. There have not been any cases of Listeria poisoning associated with this recall. A full list of recalled products can be found here. If the report does not list a particular product, then that product is not under recall.
Listeria monocytogenes is a bacteria that can cause the illness Listeriosis in humans. Listeriosis is a rare but very serious form of foodborne illness. The CDC estimates that there are only about 1600 cases of Listeria poisoning reported each year in the United States. Nevertheless, the CDC has listed Listeriosis as a major health concern. This is due to the severity of the infection Listeria monocytogenes causes. Because Listeria can lay dormant in the body, it has a very long incubation period. It may take up to two months after exposure for Listeria bacteria to cause a case of Listeriosis. The symptoms of Listeriosis may surface in as few as 3 days, though. A case of Listeriosis can cause symptoms including headaches, muscle aches, stiff neck, nausea, and diarrhea. Those with certain risk factors, including children, the elderly, and those with suppressed immune systems may be at an increased risk of developing a serious case of Listeria poisoning. Pregnant women should also be especially careful when it comes to Listeria, as Listeriosis can cause miscarriages and stillbirths. If you or loved one begins to show the symptoms of Listeriosis, contact a medical professional.
There were two recalls caused by undeclared allergens this week. The first came on August 26, when WFSP Foods LLC issued a large recall for pork and chicken sausage. The Decatur, Alabama company recalled more than 18,000 pounds of product. All products affected by the recall underwent production on June 7, 2016. Recalled sausage bears the label “Land O’Frost Simply Savory Bacon & Cheddar Smoked Sausage”. Retailers sell the sausages included in the recall in 13.5 ounce containers, and those containers are marked with the best by date of DEC. 04 2016. You can also identify the products by the establishment number “EST. 45411”. The company shipped the products included in the recall nationwide. The recall comes after investigators discovered that milk, a potential allergen, was not included on the package. This is because the company inadvertently left off an ingredient, cheddar cheese -the source of the milk-from the ingredient list. There have been no reports of illness or reaction related to this recall.
Another company announced a recall this week, on August 31, 2016, when Magic Gourmet Trading Inc. issued a recall for all Koi Palace Mooncake products purchased in August 2016. The company distributed the recalled mooncakes to Koi Palace restaurant locations in Daly City, California, Dublin, California, and Milpitas, California. The company also distributed the products affected by the recall to Uwajimaya supermarkets in both Oregon and Washington. The retailer packaged these products in burgundy paper boxes. These boxes have a koi fish logo on them. There are a variety of different mooncakes involved in the recall, including Black Truffle, Seven Stars Reunion, and Mini Oolong Tea Paste, to name a few. A full list of recalled products can be found here. The company recalled the mooncakes after they discovered that there were possible allergens in the products that they accidentally left off the label. The company has not listed a specific allergen as the cause of the outbreak. There have not been any reports of reactions to any products under recall.
Allergens are different than most causes of foodborne issues in that while exposure to bacteria or a virus may lead to the development of illness, exposure to allergens triggers an allergic reaction. These reactions can come in the form of itchiness, cramps, shortness of breath, and difficulty swallowing. In rare cases, an allergic reaction can cause a side effect called anaphylaxis, which can be fatal. Pretty much everything could be a potential allergen, but there are some items that more commonly cause issues, such as wheat, gluten, eggs, milk, pine nuts, peanuts, walnuts, almonds, and sesame. Because allergies to those allergens are common, the FDA requires all items containing them to be marked as such. If you or a loved one begins to show the symptoms of an allergic reaction, contact a medical professional. If a person appears to be suffering from anaphylaxis, you may need to use an Epipen to calm their symptoms before help arrives.
Salmonella caused the last two recalls from the last week. The first of these Salmonella related recalls came on August 30. Snyder’s-Lance, Inc. issued a recall on that date for Diamond of California brand macadamia nuts. There are two products involved in the recall, 4 ounce packages of California Chopped Macadamia Nuts and 2.25 ounce packages of California Macadamia Halves and Pieces. There are multiple lot numbers and best by dates associate with those two products. A full list of recalled products and codes can be found here. The recall comes on the heels of routine testing done by a FDA-contracting lab. The laboratory detected Salmonella in a bag of chopped macadamia nuts. The company shipped the products affected by the recall nationwide. There have not been any reports of illness associated with this recall.
The other Salmonella related recall was issued just a day later, on August 31, 2016. Summit Import Corp. announced that they were recalling Yu Yee brand Black Pepper Powder. You can identify the products under recall by the lot number “No. WH76”. The company packaged the black pepper powder in clear 19.4 ounce bottles. Yu Yee shipped their products under recall to some Asian stores along the East Coast.
Salmonella bacteria causes one of the most common forms of foodborne illnesses. The CDC estimates that there are about 1.2 million cases of Salmonella poisoning each year in the United States. A Salmonella infection will usually produce symptoms between 12 and 72 hours after exposure to the bacteria. Salmonella infections usually cause symptoms including nausea, vomiting, fever, and abdominal cramping. Although most cases of Salmonella poisoning will go away on their own, there is a risk of the illness worsening, making medical attention necessary. Those with certain risk factors, including children, the elderly, and those with suppressed immune systems are more likely to develop a serious Salmonella infection. If you or a loved one begins to show the symptoms of Salmonella poisoning, contact a medical professional.