By: James Peacock

Every week we take a look at the various recalls that were issued in the prior days. These recalls are voluntarily issued by companies with the help of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) after some sort of food safety violation has taken place. These recalls can be caused by foodborne pathogen contamination, misbranding, undeclared allergens, and other reasons. These recalls immensely help in the prevention of infection, and it is important as a consumer to keep track of recalls as they occur in order to find any recalled products in your home.

Undeclared Allergens

On August 8, a St. Louis bakery sent out a recall for 13 German Chocolate Cakes due to a potential allergen contamination caused by mislabeling. Schnucks Bakery originally mislabeled the German Chocolate Cakes as “Schnucks Bakery Deluxe Petite Cake Chocolate Iced Yellow”. The misprinted label does not declare pecans as an ingredient when pecans are in fact included in the German Chocolate cakes. Recalled cakes were packaged in cake domes, and each weighs around one pound. The cakes were sold in 12 different Schnucks retail stores in Illinois, Indiana, and Missouri. The UPC of affected products is 4131831168 and the recall affects Sell By Dates between 8/12/17 and 8/14/17. A list of the stores affected by the allergy alert is in the table below. No adverse reactions have been reported.

State Location Address
Missouri Des Peres 12332 Manchester Road, Des Peres, MO 63131
Missouri Overland 9074 Overland Plaza, Overland, MO 63114
Missouri Grandview 74 Grandview Plaza, Florissant, MO 63033
Missouri Arsenal 5055 Arsenal, St. Louis, MO 63139
Missouri Butler Hill 4333 Butler Hill Road, St. Louis, MO 63128
Illinois Granite City 3100 Madison Ave., Granite City, IL 62040
Illinois Belleville West 5720 North Belt West, Belleville, IL 62226
Illinois Edwardsville 2222 Troy Road, Edwardsville, IL 62025
Illinois Cherry Valley 2206 Barnes Blvd., Cherry Valley, IL 61112
Illinois DeKalb 975 South Annie Glidden Road, DeKalb, IL 60115
Indiana Lawndale 5000 Washington Ave., Evansville, IN 47715
Indiana Newburgh 8301 Bell Oaks Drive, Newburgh, IN 47630

On August 9, Kenosha Beef International, LTD issued a recall for more than 3900 pounds of beef patty products due to undeclared allergens. The beef patties contain milk, which is not declared on the product label. These patties may also contain bacon, which is not declared on the label. There are two products being recalled, and both were produce don June 14, 2017. The first product is 4 pound cartons of 12, 1/3 pound patties sold under the label “JP O’REILLY’S, PUB BURGER, FAMILY PACK, MADE FROM BEEF CHUCK,” with a sell by date of 01-10-18. The second product is 24-pound cases of “JP O’REILLY’S, BACON & CHEDDAR BEEF PATTIES”, which have a se by date of 01-10-18. There are a variety of Bacon & Cheddar Beef Patties case codes affected by this recall, including 0614KS42065, 0614KS42066, 0614KS42067, 0614KS2068, and 0614KS420700. Products subject to the recall can also be identified by the establishment number “EST. 425B”, which can be found inside the USDA mark of inspection. The recalled patties were sent to retail locations in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York. No adverse reactions have been reported in relation to this recall.

Taylor Farms issued a recall on August 7 for 293 cases of their Creamy Homestyle Coleslaw Kits after concerns arose that the products contain milk, a known allergen that has not been declared on the label. Milk is an ingredient in the salad dressing included with the kit. Only one day of production is included in the recall. Recalled salad kits were distributed to Raley’s and Savemart locations across California. The potential milk contamination was discovered because of a quality check. Recalled salad kits were produced on July 31, 2017 and have a “Best By” date of 08-16-17. They are also marked with the lot code TFRS212A07C. No other Taylor Farms products are under recall, and no other code dates of salad kits are included in the recall. No adverse reactions have been reported in relation to this recall.

Allergen contaminations are quite different from foodborne illness pathogens but are not by any means less dangerous. Rather than causing illness, exposure to allergens can 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 different allergic reaction triggers, 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 understood to be the most common sources of food allergens. Common symptoms of an allergic reaction include difficulty swallowing, shortness of breath, itchiness, and cramps. Severe allergic reactions will sometimes develop into Anaphylaxis, a very severe and potentially life-threatening complication. Many people with severe allergies will carry an Epi-pen with them. Epi-pens are a concentrated shot of epinephrine that will help counteract some of the symptoms of Anaphylaxis. Its effectiveness is only temporary, though, 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 required, it is paramount to get the affected person to a hospital immediately. Instructions for how to properly use an Epi-pen can be found here.

Misbranding

On August 9, Corn Maiden Foods Inc. announced that they were recalling more than 2000 pounds of ready to eat beef products. These products are being recalled due to misbranding. The Harbor City, California establishment discovered an issue of August 4 when FSIS inspectors found an issue while performing routine label verifications. The recalled beef products contain monosodium glutamate (MSG), which is an ingredient that is not declared on the product label. The recall includes 12-ounce packages of “Morrison Aussie Travelers’ Pies, Hand-Held 2 Aussie Pies Steak & Mushroom”. These products are labeled with sell-by dates of February 3, February 15, February 16, and March 29, 2018. Lot codes 170203, 170215, 170216, and 170329. All recalled products bear the establishment number “Est. 20689” inside the USDA mark of inspection. All recalled items were distributed to retail locations in California. No confirmed adverse reactions have been reported.

E. coli

Colorado Springs-based Good Food Concepts, LLC announced a recall on August 7 for 1,290 pounds of various beef products after concerns arose that they may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria. The recalled products were processed and packaged on August 3 and August 4, 2017. FSIS inspection personnel noticed the potential contamination when they tested products from the company on July 31. Recalled products were distributed to retail locations, wholesale locations, and restaurant in Colorado Springs. All products will have the establishment number “EST. 27316” inside the USDA mark of inspection. Because of the nature of these products, health officials are concerned that there may be recalled products in the freezers of consumers. Anyone with recalled products is urged to throw them away in order to prevent illness.

Product Name Size Lot Code
Callicrate Beef, Celebrate goodness, Celebrate life, Filet Mignon Various 170731CC
Callicrate Beef, Celebrate goodness, Celebrate life, Brisket Flat Various 170731CC
Callicrate Beef, Celebrate goodness, Celebrate life, Sirloin Tip Various 170731CC
Callicrate Beef, Celebrate goodness, Celebrate life, Ribeye Various 170731CC
Callicrate Beef, Celebrate goodness, Celebrate life, Stew Meat Various 170731CC
Callicrate Beef, Celebrate goodness, Celebrate life, New York Strip Various 170731CC
Callicrate Beef, Celebrate goodness, Celebrate life, Skirt Steak Various 170731CC
Callicrate Beef, Celebrate goodness, Celebrate life, Top Sirloin Various 170731CC
Ranch Foods Direct Ground Beef 80/20 Beef 14.60 pound cases 170804
Ranch Foods Direct Ground Beef 80/20 Beef 6.40 pound cases 170803
Ranch Foods Direct Philly Meat Beef 6.40 pound cases 170803
Ranch Direct Top Sirloin Steak 8oz Beef 6.40 pound cases 170803
Ranch Foods Direct Ground Chuck Beef 40 pound cases 170804
Ranch Foods Direct Ground Beef (73/27) 6.40 pound cases 170803
Ranch Foods Direct Flat Iron Beef 40 pound cases 170804
Family Bundle, 4-Ground Beef 80% Lean 20% Fat, 1-London Broil, 2-pkgs Cube Steaks, 6-Flatiron Steaks, $91.99 N/A 170804
Steak Bundle, 4-Ribeye Steaks, 4-New York Strip Steaks, 4-Top Sirloin Steaks, 4-Filet Mignon $174.99 N/A 170804
Ribeye Steak Bundle, 10-Ribeye Steaks, $117.99 N/A 170803
Colorado Bundle, 4-Skirts Steaks, 4-Chuck Eye Steaks, 4-Top Sirloin, 2-Chuck Roast, 15-Ground Beef 80% Lean 20% Fat, $199.19 N/A 170804
Ground Beed, 90% Lean, 10% Fat $125.99 20 pound cases 170804
All Natural Calligrate Beef, Celebrate goodness, Celebrate Life, Ground Beef N/A N/A

E. coli infections are one of the most common forms of foodborne illness in the Unites States, causing a CDC estimated 265,000 cases of illness per year. There are many different types of E. coli bacteria, and some strains of the bacteria will be referred to as E. coli (STEC). Only a small amount of E. coli bacteria is necessary to cause an infection. Symptoms of E. coli poisoning will usually occur between 3 and 4 days after exposure, though symptoms may appear in as few as 1 day and as many as 9 days.  Symptoms of an E. coli infection will usually include severe cramping, vomiting, nausea, and diarrhea. There can be a low-grade fever associated with the infection as well. These symptoms will, most of the time, go away on their own after about a week but can last longer. There are a couple of complications associated with E. coli infections. Diarrhea can cause dehydration, which can be very serious if left untreated. E. coli infections can also cause a rare but potentially fatal complication called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), which occurs in about 3 to 7 percent of E. coli cases. HUS damages red blood cells, which are then sent to the kidneys in order to be filtered out. The damage from the filtration process, coupled with the increased rate of damage inflicted on the kidneys by Shiga toxins, can lead to serious kidney damage and even kidney failure. If a case of E. coli poisoning has progressed to HUS, symptoms such as decreased frequency in urination, fatigue, and loss of color in the eyes and cheeks will be present. HUS is a very serious complication that needs to be treated as quickly as possible. If you or a loved one begins to show the symptoms of E. coli poisoning, as well as HUS, contact a medical professional.

Sources:

https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm570607.htm

https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm570736.htm

https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/recalls-and-public-health-alerts/recall-case-archive/archive/2017/recall-089-2017-release

https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/recalls-and-public-health-alerts/recall-case-archive/archive/2017/rnr-090-2017

https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/recalls-and-public-health-alerts/recall-case-archive/archive/2017/recall-091-2017-release