By: Candess Zona-Mendola

Each week, UnsafeFoods spotlights a post on all of the food recalls or warnings that have been initiated voluntarily by food manufacturers, by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), or any other agency. And a massive amount of recalls are included this week!

We have a wide array of products under recall, including chicken skewers, dark cherries, cheese, and even salad dressing. Listeria and undeclared allergens are the main causes for recalls this week. However, we are also highlighting one particular food product to keep an eye on, based on a recent FDA warning letter.

Listeria Recalls

          Chicken Skewers

On August 23, 2017, Expresco Foods Inc., a Canadian manufacturer, announced a voluntary recall of its imported chicken skewer products. The recall comes in conjunction with the FSIS, and includes 20,446 pounds of imported chicken skewer products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The products were shipped to retails locations in: Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan and Texas.

The products, which were packaged between August 9, 2017 and August 15, 2017, include:

  • 1.31-lb. packages of “WEST END CUISINE GRILLED MEDITERRANEAN STYLE CHICKEN SKEWERS HAND-MADE WITH CHICKEN BREAST” containing the UPC code 621588314947 with lot codes: 172562, 172640, 172571 and 172704.
  • 1.09-lb. packages of “EXPRESCO GRILLED Garlic & Herb CHICKEN SKEWERS” containing the UPC code 621588315555 with lot codes: 172563, 172668, 172669 and 172670.

The recall notice confirmed that, at this time, there are no illnesses linked to the recall. The contamination was discovered during the FSIS’s routine import inspection of foreign shipments. However, as the products have been sold, it is likely consumers have these products in their freezers. The agencies recommend consumers check their homes and not eat these products. The list of retail establishments that sold the affected products has not yet been released.

Breakfast Sausage

Fair Oaks Farms LLC of Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin issued a recall in conjunction with the FSIS of its fully cooked pork sausage patties. The products, which were produced on August 8, 2017, are potentially contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The package bears the “sell by” date of May 15, 2018, and the products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 17479T” above the “sell by” date.  

The affected products are currently confirmed to have been sold at several Aldi, Inc. locations in Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin, including:

  • 6261 McKee Road, Fitchburg, WI
  • N6666 Rolling Meadows Drive, Fond du Lac, WI
  • 1560 Western Avenue, Green Bay, WI
  • 4225 South 108th Street, Greenfield, WI
  • 2901 Deerfield Drive, Janesville , WI
  • 6404 75th Street, Kenosha, WI
  • 3925 Lien Road, Madison, WI
  • 1325 West Cleveland Ave., Milwaukee, WI
  • 1441 South 35th Street, Milwaukee, WI
  • 225 Capitol Drive, Milwaukee, WI
  • 5235 North 76th Street, Milwaukee, WI
  • 5301 North Hopkins Drive, Milwaukee, WI
  • 1521 Unity Drive, Oconomowoc, WI
  • 1201 George Towne Drive, Pewaukee, WI
  • 6925 Durand Avenue, Racine, WI
  • 1405 Lincoln Street, Rhinelander, WI
  • 5632 Highway 10 East, Stevens Point, WI
  • 1040 West Fulton Avenue, Waupaca, WI
  • 12120 West Burleigh Street, Wauwatosa, WI
  • 1712 South 108th Street, West Allis, WI
  • 981 South Rand Road, Lake Zurich, IL
  • 3331 Belvidere Road, Park City, IL
  • 27415 West Hartigan Road, Volo, IL
  • 2160 Holiday Drive, Dubuque, IA

The FSIS notice confirms that the products were on a hold pending routine Listeria testing, but accidently were shipped. Thus far, no illnesses have been linked to this recall.

Dark Sweet Pitted Cherries

August 23, 2017 had another recall. This time, Frozen Organic Dark Sweet Pitted Cherry Products were involved. Sunrise Growers Inc., a subsidiary of SunOpta, conducted a voluntary recall of tis frozen cherry products due to the potential for Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The products subject to the recall were distributed from the company’s Edwardsville, Kansas facility on August 10, 2017. The products were first distributed to a center in Louisiana, then redistributed to other stores in Louisiana and Mississippi. The company contends that any retailers provided the products have been asked to remove them from their shelves.

According to the notice, the products subject to the recall are:

“Ninety cases of Great Value Organic Dark Sweet Pitted Cherry products are being recalled.  The products are packaged in 32 ounce printed plastic zip top bags and marked with a Best By Date of 08/10/19 on the back of the bag.  The UPC code is 078742126166 and the lot code is FED722211 or FED722212.”

No illnesses have been linked to this recall at this time.

Cheese

The New York State Agriculture Commissioner warned New York residents that several cheeses produced by Ripley Dairy LLC, located at 66 West Cayuga Street, Moravia, New York may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes. The potential for contamination was found by an inspector of the state’s Milk Control and Dairy Services on August 9, 2017. Although no illnesses have been associated with this product, the concern that the cheeses are raw (and unpasteurized) adds a level of concern. The cheeses affected, bearing the name Hillcrest Dairy on the package, include:

  • Old Fashioned Raw Milk Monterey Jack
  • Horseradish Monterey Jack
  • Chipotle Adobo Monterey Jack”

The notice confirms the affected products are “contained in a plastic shrink-wrapped, assorted ounce net weight package, displaying the plant number 36-3108, with a code Mfg. Date 5/17/17.” The warning affects all packages with this code.

Undeclared Allergens

                Eggs

Litehouse, Inc. issued a recall of its OPA by Litehouse Ranch last week due to the presence of undeclared eggs. The recall is limited to products from only one production day from only one single manufacturing location. According to the notice:

“In total, 742 cases of 11 oz. glass bottles were distributed to retailers and locations nationwide. The ‘Best Used By’ date can be found on the top of the bottle, labeled: Best by Oct.24.17. With the lot code of 13948 6/11fl LH/OPA RANCH. No other code dates of this product or any other Litehouse products are involved in this recall.”

No adverse reactions have been reported, and the recall is currently precautionary. Those who may have been affected by this recall are advised to contact their physician for treatment, especially as allergic reactions from food products can be severe (and even deadly).

Fish, Soy, and Wheat

 

Dierbergs Markets issued its own recall of butter-based products based on the presence of several undeclared allergens, including:

# Retail Products Reason for recall SELL-BY-DATE
Scampi Butter 3oz Undeclared Fish (bonito, cod), Undeclared lobster, crab, and shrimp 8/16/17, 9/6/17, and 10/9/17
Cabernet Grille Butter 3oz Undeclared Soy and Wheat 8/19/17, 9/10/17, and 11/3/17

The products were sold in 25 different retail stores and have multiple “use by” dates, so consumers are encouraged to carefully check their packages. The company confirmed the products were distributed to all Dierbergs Markets retail locations in eastern and central Missouri and western Illinois. They have been removed from store shelves, but consumers are likely to still have some products in their homes.

Almonds

Seven Sundays, LLC ends our undeclared allergens notices this week with a recall of products for the presence of undeclared almonds. Their Vanilla Cherry Pecan Muesli 12 oz. pouches were recalled on August 15, 2017 for the presence of these nuts. The product was distributed nationwide. Luckily, no illnesses have been linked to this recall.

According to the notice, the specifics of the product recall are:

“The product comes in a red and black 12 oz. plastic pouch with a clear window on the front. The UPC Code is 8-56088-00315-6. The product is marked with the Best Buy Date Code of “SELL BY JUNE 29 2018” on the back of the pouch.

A second lot with the Best Buy Date Code of “SELL BY AUGUST 11 2018” was intercepted before released to the general public.”

FDA Warning Issued – King of Pops

The FDA issued a warning letter this month to Georgia-based King of Pops based on various food safety violations, including unsanitary food preparation conditions. The company, whom manufactures ready-to-eat ice pops, was cited for several food safety violations, including:

  • Rodent droppings;
  • Food residues on equipment;
  • Untreated and unsanitary floors;
  • Improper glove usage;
  • Inadequate floor drainage;
  • Standing water;
  • Not removing debris from production area;
  • Large gaps in facility capable pest entry; and
  • Exposed glass light bulbs in production areas.

No recall has been issued of any products at this time.

 

Sources:

https://www.fda.gov/ICECI/EnforcementActions/WarningLetters/2017/ucm572052.htm

https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/wcm/connect/FSIS-Content/internet/main/topics/recalls-and-public-health-alerts/recall-case-archive/archive/2017/recall-095-2017-release

https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/wcm/connect/0996ddfa-9677-48d6-a468-472a825c0c9a/RC-094-2017-Retail-List.pdf?MOD=AJPERES&CONVERT_TO=url&CACHEID=0996ddfa-9677-48d6-a468-472a825c0c9a

https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/recalls-and-public-health-alerts/recall-case-archive/archive/2017/recall-094-2017-release

https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm571470.htm

https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm572971.htm

https://www.agriculture.ny.gov/AD/alert.asp?ReleaseID=1118

https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm571561.htm

https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm571832.htm