By: Heather Williams

Each week UnsafeFoods collects all of the food recalls or warning and brings them to you.  These are compiled from data obtained from foods that have been initiated voluntarily by food manufactures, by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), and another other agency of interest this week.

This week’s recall round up presents many cases of undeclared allergens and a Listeria monocytogenes potential health risk.

Rajbhog Distributors GA recalled Jalebi packets due to undeclared Almond pieces.  Dedinas Franzak Enterprises is recalling several brands of butter flavored popcorn because of undeclared milk under the labels Gourmet Select, Gold Emblem, and Spartan.  Wakefern Food Corp has recalled Semi-Sweet Real Chocolate Chips under the label ShopRite for undeclared milk.

Country Fresh has recalled diced bell peppers, vegetable kabobs, creole and fajita mixed diced vegetables under the Country Fresh and store brand labels due to possible health risk involving Listeria monocytogenes.

Undeclared Allergens Recall

Undeclared allergens are a great concern.  We rely on appropriate labeling to make informed food decisions.  For those with serious allergies, knowing what’s in the package is very important and a mistake can have life-threatening consequences.

Rajbhog Distributors GA. Inc.: Jalebi Recall

On August 30, 2017, Rajbhog Distributors of Georgia has recalled 1467 packets of Jalebi due to undeclared almond pieces.  Those how have an allergy or severe sensitivity to almonds could have a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume the product.  Affected packets are labeled with Code number-P026 and P027 and products can be identified by visibly looking at the jalebi through the clear package and see the almonds used as a garnish.  They were distributed to grocery stores in Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee and could have already reached customers.

The issue was discovered during a routine FDA inspection of the distribution facility.  The problem is believed to come from a recent change in product packaging.

No complaints have been reported so far.

Rajbhog urges consumers who have purchased clear containers of the Rajbhog brand of Jalebi are urged to return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Gourmet Select, Gold Emblem, and Spartan: Popcorn Recall

On August 30, 2017 Dedinas Franzak Enterprises of Grand Rapids, MI recalled several brands of butter flavored popcorn due to an undeclared allergen of milk.  Those who have allergies to milk could suffer a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume the product.

The recalled butter flavored popcorn brands are:

30NOV2017 – UPC 614156061992 distributed in Michigan. Gourmet Select 12oz 24NOV2017 – UPC 899788002432 distributed in Wisconsin. Gold Emblem 5oz 24NOV2017, 01DEC2017 and 30DEC2017 – UPC 05042844879 distributed in California, Indiana, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Texas, Alabama, New Jersey, South Carolina, and Florida retail stores. Spartan 8oz 01SEP2017 – UPC 011213027395 distributed in Michigan.

The product is packaged in a poly and/or poly metalized film package with lot codes indicated on the top right front panel.

No illness has been reported at this time.  The recall was initiated after a complaint about the flavor.

ShopRite: Semi-Sweet Real Chocolate Chips Recall

On September 1, 2017 Wakefern Food Corp initiated a voluntary recall of the ShopRite brand of Semi-Sweet Real Chocolate Chips sold in 24 oz bags.  The UPC barcode for the product is 041190 02668 and has a Best if Used by date of April 11, 2019 and April 12, 2019.  No other package sizes or date codes are affected.

The recall has been issued because the package may contain milk chocolate chips and milk is not declared in the ingredient statement.  No illnesses have been report.  Those with a milk allergy could experience an allergic reaction if they consume the chips.

“Customers who purchased the chocolate chips may return them for an immediate refund or replacement,” said Karen Meleta, vice president of Consumer and Corporate Communications for Wakefern. “People who are not allergic to milk and those who are not concerned about consuming dairy ingredients may choose not to return the product as it is otherwise safe to eat,” she added.

The product was sold in ShopRite, The Fresh Grocer and other retail stores located throughout the Northeast. Wakefern has contacted ShopRite and The Fresh Grocer Price Plus Club customers who have purchased this product to alert them to the recall.

Possible Health Risk Recall

Possible health risk recalls can be voluntary or involuntary and involve products that have been contaminated and pose a health risk to those who may have consumed the product.

Country Fresh Orlando, LLC.: Diced Bell Pepper and Other Product Recall: Listeria monocytogenes

Country Fresh Orlando, LLC. of Orlando, Florida is recalling 5,999 cases of diced bell pepper, monocytogenes contamination.

Listeria monocytogenes is a harmful bacterium that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in the very young, the very old, and those with a compromised immune system.  While healthy people may only experience short-term symptoms of high fever, headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea, pregnant women have an increased risk.  Listeria monocytogenes may cause miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant women.

The product of interest was sipped to retailers in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, and Mississippi under the Country Fresh and store brand labels.  Products with BEST IF USED BY dates between August 12, 2017 through August 20, 2017.  Only products in clear plastic containers or Styrofoam trays overwrapped with clear plastic film are subject to the recall.

“We are treating this incident very seriously because we want to ensure that our customers are provided with only the safest, most wholesome, and high-quality products available,” said Max Payen, Country Fresh’s Director of Food Safety. The potential for contamination was uncovered as the result of a single routine sample taken at a retail store in Georgia which revealed that the finished product tested contained the bacteria. The company has ceased distribution of the affected product as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Country Fresh continue their investigation as to what caused the problem. This recall is being undertaken with the knowledge of the FDA.

The list of products subject to this recall are as follows:

Description Store Description of Packaging Use by Date Range States Distributed
Fajita Blend 12oz Southeastern Grocers Overwrap 8/12/2017 8/18/2017 FL
Stir Fry Vegetable Southeastern Grocers Overwrap 8/12/2017 8/18/2017 FL
Vegetable Kabob 23oz Southeastern Grocers Overwrap 8/12/2017 8/18/2017 FL
Green Pepper Diced 6oz Southeastern Grocers Clamshell 8/13/2017 8/20/2017 FL, GA
Creole Mix 6oz Southeastern Grocers Clamshell 8/13/2017 8/19/2017 AL, FL, GA, LA, MS
Tri-Pepper Dice 6oz Southeastern Grocers Clamshell 8/12/2017 8/19/2017 AL, FL, GA, LA, MS
Fajita Mix 6oz Southeastern Grocers Clamshell 8/13/2017 8/19/2017 AL, FL, GA, LA, MS
Kabob Sensations Veggie Kabob 15oz Publix Supermarkets, Inc. Overwrap 8/12/2017 8/18/2017 AL, FL, GA
Dice Tri-Pepper 7oz Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Clamshell 8/13/2017 8/20/2017 AL, FL, GA
Marketside Veggie Kabobs 23oz Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Overwrap 8/13/2017 8/20/2017 AL, FL, GA