By: James Peacock

Over the past seven days, recalls have been issued by companies for a variety of different products. With the help of the Foods and Drug Administration and the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service, these recalls attempt to prevent foodborne illness infections. Consumers should keep a close eye on the various recalls as they are issued in order to prevent getting a case of food poisoning. Recalls this week were caused by various allergens and Salmonella. Recalls affected papaya, stromboli, hamburger buns, and pizza were all recalled. Recalled products should be removed from store shelves, and any products found in homes should be disposed of or returned to the store that they were purchased from.

Allergens

In a pair of recalls, one issued by the FSIS and one by the FDA, more than 17,000 pounds of pizza products were recalled by D&D Foods in conjunction with Hy-Vee, Inc. The recall was caused by misbranding and undeclared allergens, specifically soy. The pizzas were distributed to retail stores around Minneapolis. Hy-Vee stores in New Hope, Oakdale, Lakeville, Brooklyn Park, Eagan, and Savage all stocked the recalled products. The pizzas were packaged in plastic wrapped pizza tins. All products have the establishment number “EST. M21275” inside the USDA mark of inspection. All recalled products are listed in the tables below. No illnesses have been connected to this recall.

Description UPC Code Best if Used by Dates
12” Cheese Traditional Crust Pizza 288900 908996 04-23-2017 thru 07-26-2017
12” Pepperoni Traditional Crust Pizza 288901 908995 04-23-2017 thru 07-26-2017
16” Cheese Traditional Crust Pizza 288928 611991 04-23-2017 thru 07-26-2017
16” Pepperoni Traditional Crust Pizza 288929 611990 04-23-2017 thru 07-26-2017
12” Cheese Thin Crust Pizza 288914 908999 04-23-2017 thru 07-26-2017
12” Pepperoni Thin Crust Pizza 288915 908998 04-23-2017 thru 07-26-2017
16” Cheese Pizza Thin Crust Pizza 288942 611991 04-23-2017 thru 07-26-2017
16” Pepperoni Pizza Thin Crust Pizza 288943 611990 04-23-2017 thru 07-26-2017

 

Product Name Size Case Code
Hy-Vee PEPPERONI PIZZA 16’ THIN CRUST 32 Ounces 88943
Hy-Vee PEPPERONI PIZZA 12’ TRADITIONAL CRUST 27 Ounces 88901
Hy-Vee PEPPERONI PIZZA 16’ TRADITIONAL CRUST 47 Ounces 88929
Hy-Vee PEPPERONI PIZZA 12’ THIN CRUST 19 ounces 88915

On July 24, Stefano’s Foods, Inc. issued a voluntary recall for almost 1,000 pounds of Stromboli products because they may contain eggs, an allergen that is not properly declared on the products’ label. The frozen “’Screamin’ Sicilian Pizza Co. Stromboli Supremus Maximus Pepperoni & Italian Sausage” were shipped to a distribution center in Wisconsin after they were produced on June 24, 2017. The products were packaged in 18.5-ounce boxes. Each package comes with two Stromboli. All recalled products can be identified by the “Enjoy by” date of 2/19/2018 and the lot code 70010117517. The Stromboli was also marked with the establishment number “EST. 19140”. The branding issue was discovered on July 21, when a worker noticed the error. No adverse reactions have been reported in relation to this recall.

Undeclared egg also caused a recall on July 28. Vibrant Health Products, based in Abbotsford, British Colombia, Canada, recalled a sole lot of liveGfree Gluten Free Classic Soft White Hamburger Buns. The packaging does not declare egg, a potential allergen, as an ingredient in the buns. The products were sent to ALDI stores between 4/13/2017 and 7/27/2017. ALDI locations in Arkansas, West Virginia, Washington D.C, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Wisconsin, Virginia, Texas, Maryland, Missouri, North Carolina, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina received recalled hamburger buns. They are packaged in 11.3 ounce bags and can be identified by the lot number #0897 and the UPC #0 41498 25980 8. No illnesses or allergic reactions caused by recalled hamburger buns have been reported.

Allergen contamination is different from foodborne illness pathogens but is not any less dangerous. Rather than causing illness, exposure to allergens will trigger an allergic reaction. Allergies can be caused by basically anything, but common sources for allergies include animals, dust, food, and medicines. Different people will often have various allergies, and the severity of the reaction will not be standard from person to person. While nearly anything can potentially cause a food allergy, health officials often classify eggs, fish, milk, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, and wheat as the “Big 8” allergens. These eight items are the most common sources of food allergens. The effects of an allergic reaction can range from only a rash to full-blown, and potentially deadly, pulmonary issues. Common symptoms of an allergic reaction include difficulty swallowing, shortness of breath, itchiness, and cramps. More severe allergic reactions will sometimes develop into Anaphylaxis, a potentially life-threatening complication. Many people with severe allergies will carry an Epi-pen with them, which is a concentrated shot of epinephrine will help counteract some of the symptoms of Anaphylaxis. Its effectiveness is only temporary, so it is important to use an Epi-pen as quickly as possible after an anaphylactic allergic reaction takes place. If an Epi-pen is needed, it is paramount to get the affected person to a hospital immediately. Instructions for how to use an Epi-pen can be found here.

Salmonella

In the middle of last week, on July 26, a recall was issued for papaya that had been connected to an outbreak of Salmonella poisoning currently being investigated by the CDC. Grande Produce issued the recall for Caribeña brand Maradol papayas after the CDC announced that 47 people had been sickened in 12 different states. This recall was accompanied by a warning from the FDA that cautioned against eating any Maradol papayas, regardless of the brand, while the investigation continues. The Grande Produce recall affected papaya distributed between July 10 and July 19. Grande Produce has since stopped importing papaya from its grower and is working with the FDA to make sure that all recalled products are removed from store shelves. Only papaya distributed on those dates listed are affected by the recall.

Salmonella poisoning is one of the most common causes of gastrointestinal illness in America. The CDC estimates that Salmonella bacteria cause about 1.2 million cases of illness per year. A case of Salmonella poisoning usually produces symptoms between 12 and 72 hours after infection. Symptoms of Salmonella poisoning usually include vomiting, abdominal cramping, fever, and nausea. Typically, an infection will go away on its own within a week, although Salmonella infections may worsen. 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 Salmonella poisoning. If you or a loved one begins to show the symptoms of Salmonella poisoning, contact a medical professional.

Sources:

https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/recalls-and-public-health-alerts/recall-case-archive/archive/2017/recall-085-2017-release

https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm568603.htm

https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/recalls-and-public-health-alerts/recall-case-archive/archive/2017/recall-084-2017-release

https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm569131.htm

https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm568780.htm