By: James Peacock

Each week, we look at some of the recalls that have been issued as a result of foodborne illness contamination. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), and the state health departments work together to notify consumers of potential contaminations. In this past week, recalls were issued for a variety of products, including: protein bars, cashew butter, almond butter, macadamia nuts, beef products, and granola products. It is important for consumers to keep track of recalls as they occur, as recalled products can sometimes have long shelf lives, increasing the risk of infection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Listeria monocytogenes

On June 14, 2017, GoMacro issued a recall for both MacroBars and Thrive Bars. The bars have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. A couple of different varieties and lots are subject to the recall. The recall was issued because GoMacro was notified by its supplier that the almonds used in the bars might be contaminated. Recalled bars were distributed both domestically and internationally through retailers, mail orders, and deliveries. Despite the recall, no contamination in any tested bars has been discovered, and there have been no reports of illness connected to this recall. The varieties of bars, as well as all identifying information, can be found in the table below. The UPC code, lot number, and “best by” dates can all be found on the side panel of the recalled products.

Product Name Size “Best By” Dates UPC code Lot codes
Coconut + Almond Butter + Chocolate Chips MacroBars 2.3 ounces 1/3/2018 853555006689 3516
1/10/2018 3525
1/16/2018 3536
1/26/2018 3553
2/6/2018 3571
Coconut + Almond Butter + Chocolate Chips Mini Macrobar 0.9 ounces 1/16/2018 85355006719 3537
2/6/2018 3570
Chocolate, Nuts & Sea Salt Thrive Bar 1.4 ounces 2/6/2018 853555006504 3569
2/9/2018 3576
Caramel Coconut Thrive Bar 1.4 ounces 2/6/2018 853555006528 3568

 

In an expansion of a recall that we talked about a few weeks ago, Kroger issued another recall for Simple Truth Dry Roasted Macadamia Nuts. This recall was caused by a contaminated piece of equipment used in the manufacturing process. Recalled macadamia nuts are packaged in 12-ounce clear plastic packages. Distributed products were sent to retail stores between 12/9/2016 and 06/13/2017. The macadamia nuts are marked with the UPC code 11110-02478. The “Sell By” dates of Dec. 09 2017, Mar. 02 2018, Mar. 03 2018, and Apr. 07 2018 are included in the recall. These products were sent to Kroger, Ralphs, QFC, Food 4 Less, Foods Co., Fred Meyer, Owen’s, Fry’s, King Soopers, City Market, Smith’s, Metro Market, Dillons, Baker’s, Gerbes, Jay C, Ruler Foods, Pay Less, Pick N’ Save, and Copps locations nationwide.  No cases of Listeria poisoning have been reported in relation to this recall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On June 15, 2017, a recall was issued for protein bar and bite products after concerns arose that they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. Bulletproof 360, a Bellevue, Washington company, issued the recall for five of their products. These products were distributed domestically to a variety of retail stores, but internationally through the company’s website. Affected products were shipped to Australia, Bahrain, Bermuda, Bolivia, the Virgin Islands (USA), Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Cayman Islands, China, Finland, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, France, Germany, Guam, Hong Kong, Hungary, Taiwan, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Korea, Switzerland, Kuwait, Liechtenstein, Spain, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Macau, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Philippines, Puerto Rico, and Romania. The recall occurred because Bulletproof 360 received word that the cashew butter used in the products may be the source of the contamination. No additional products, except the ones listed in the table below, are affected by the recall. No illnesses have been reported in relation to this recall.

Product Name Packaged Individual Weight Box Weight Individual UPC Code Box UPC Code Use by Dates Lot Numbers
Fudge Brownie Collagen Protein Bar Individually packaged, 12 per box 1.58 ounces 18.96 ounces 815709021498 815709020811 11/1/2017 0957
11/6/2017 011007
11/14/2017 011087
11/23/2017 011177
12/1/2017 011257
12/19/2017 011437
12/25/2017 011497
Fudge Brownie Collagen Protein Bite Individually Packaged, 15 per box 0.74 ounces 11.10 ounces 815709021528 815709021535 12/27/17 1227
11/28/2017 011327
12/8/2017 011517
Lemon Cookie Collagen Protein Bar Individually Packaged, 12 per box 1.58 ounces 18.96 ounces 815709021801 815709021795 11/7/2017 1017
11/8/2017 011027
12/14/2017 011387
Vanilla Shortbread Collagen Protein Bar Individually Packaged, 12 per box 1.58 ounces 18.96 ounces 815709021481 815709020804 11/15/2017 1097
11/22/2017 011167
11/29/2017 011237
12/11/2017 011357
Vanilla Shortbread Collagen Protein Bite Individually packaged, 15 per box 0.74 ounces 11.10 ounces 815709021504 815709021511 11/20/2017 1147
11/27/2017 011217

 

The next day, June 16, brought another recall caused by Listeria contamination, this time for almond and cashew butter. NOW Health Group, Inc. expanded their recall that previously affected other varieties of nut butter. Two new Ellyndale brand products have been added to the recall: Nutty Infusions Roasted Almond Butter and Nutty Infusions Mango Chili Cashew Butter. The Roasted Almond Butter was packaged in 10-ounce plastic jars and marked with the item number E0545. Recalled jars can be identified by the lot number 2124119 and the “Best By” Date 2/18. The Mango Chili Cashew Butter was also sold in 10-ounce plastic jars. The item number for this product is E0542. Items affected by the recall were also marked with the lot number 2125156 and the “Best By” Date of 3/19. No other Ellyndale products are included in the recall, and there have not been any reports of illness in connection with this recall.

Foreign Objects

OFD Foods, LLC issued a recall on June 13 for nearly 200 pounds of beef products after it was discovered that they might be contaminated with extraneous rubber items. The beef hash products were produced on December 22, 2016. These products were sold not only to retail locations nationwide but also to consumers directly through the Internet. The Mountain House Freeze Dried Spicy Southwest Breakfast hash was packaged in 3.88-ounce pouches. The pouches affected by the recall are marked with the pouch code 3253174 and the “Best By” date of Dec. 2046. The potential contamination was discovered by an employee on June 12, who subsequently notified OFD Foods. There have not been any adverse reactions due to this product. Because this product has an extremely long shelf life, it is important that consumers who may have purchased the affected beef products check to make sure that their product is not included in the recall.

Listeria monocytogenes in Granola Products

Listeria contamination caused quite a few recalls in the past week, including both the ones listed above as well as in a couple of granola products. Wildway, LLC issued a voluntary recall on June 14 for grain-free granola. A supplier had notified Wildway prior to the recall that one of the ingredients in the granola products also had the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. All products involved in the recall are listed below in the table. Recalled products can be identified by the UPC code, Lot code, and “Best by” Date. Item descriptions can be found on the center of the top label. Lot codes can be found at the bottom of the bags. The identifying information is also listed in the table below. No illnesses caused by the granola products have been reported.

Product Name Size UPC/SKU code Lot codes “Best By” Date States Affected
Wildway Apple Cinnamon Grain-free Granola 8 ounces 85866005190 096 040618 Nationwide
097 040718
Wildway Apple Cinnamon Grain-free Granola 10 ounces 864352000015 097 040718 Nationwide
Wildway Banana Nut Grain-free Granola 8 ounces 858660005176 089 033018 Nationwide
096 040618
100 041018
Wildway Coconut Cashew Grain-free Granola 8 ounces 858660005183 090 103117 Nationwide
096 110617
101 111117
Wildway Coconut Cashew Grain-free Granola 10 ounces 858660005183 090 103117 Nationwide
096 110617
102 111117
Wildway Vanilla Bean Espresso Grain-free Granola 8 ounces 858660005206 089 033018 Nationwide
090 033118
Trader Joe’s Grainless Granola 8 ounces 56307 087 032818 AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, D.C., NM, LA, MA, MD, ME, NH, DE, NJ, NV, NY, OK, PA, RI, TX, UT, VA and VT
088 032918
096 040618
100 041018

 

One day later, on June 15, 2017, New England Natural Bakers issued a voluntary recall for several different products. The Greenfield, Massachusetts-based company was notified by their supplier that one of their ingredients was potentially contaminated with Listeria bacteria. At this time, there have not been any illnesses reported in relation to the recall. The products affected by the recall, as well as any other identifying information, are listed in the table below.

Product Name Size(s) UPC code “Best By” Date States Affected
Organic Muesli 5 pound cases 00046689225013 021018 CA, PA, CT, GA, MA, NH, NJ, and NY
25 pounds cases
Organic Muesli 5 pound cases 00046689225013 022818 CA, PA, CT, GA, MA, NH, NJ, and NY
25 pound cases
Evoke Organic Classic Swiss 12 ounce pouches 853305003081 052418 Nationwide
Evoke Organic Athlete Fuel 12 ounces pouches 853305003029 052418 Nationwide
Millville Fruit & Nut Whole Grain Granola 16 ounce cartons 041498205232 051018 CT, WV, DE, MA, MD, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, VA, and VT
051718
052418
053118

 

The CDC estimates that Listeria monocytogenes causes about 1600 illnesses per year, making it one of the less common forms of food poisoning, although it remains one of the most dangerous foodborne pathogens. Listeria poisoning can manifest itself in one of two forms. In those with relatively healthy immune systems, Listeria presents itself as a gastrointestinal illness, causing symptoms such as fever, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. In some cases though, and especially in the elderly and immunocompromised, Listeria can turn invasive, causing headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, and convulsions. Invasive Listeria is potentially fatal, as it can enter the nervous system and cause meningitis. Pregnant women are also at an increased risk of developing a serious case of Listeria poisoning. Listeria may cause a flu-like infection in pregnant women, but can cause miscarriages and stillbirths. These symptoms can appear anywhere between 3 and 70 days after the Listeria bacteria is ingested. If you or a loved one begins to show the symptoms of Listeria poisoning, contact a medical professional.

 

Sources:

https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm563265.htm

https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm563313.htm

https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm563222.htm

https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm563399.htm

https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/recalls-and-public-health-alerts/recall-case-archive/archive/2017/recall-070-2017-release

https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm563216.htm

https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm563379.htm

 

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