By: Heather Williams

Each week UnsafeFoods gathers together posted product recalls from USDA, FDA, and other sources to bring you a list of recalls to be on the lookout for.  This last week we’ve had undeclared allergens, a mis-labeled product recall, and a health alert recall.

Undeclared Allergens

Undeclared allergens are very dangerous for those who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to a particular allergen.

Wegmans: Banana Nut Muffin Recall

Wegmans issued a recall on September 5, 2017 for the assorted muffin four pack.  The UPC code was indicated as 77890-22744.  The banana nut muffin contains the undeclared allergen walnuts that is not listed on the label.  An alert for people who have allergies or sensitivities to nuts is issued to not consume the product.  All products may be returned for a full refund to the customer service desk.  For additional information, Wegmans Consumers Affairs is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1-855-934-3663.

Coborn’s, Inc.: American Rye Bread and Caraway Bread Recall

On September 9, 2017 Coborn’s Inc issue a recall for packages of its American Rye Bread with UPC 7-33147-20150-3 and Caraway Bread with UPC 7-33147-20155-8 with expiration dates before September 7, 2017 due to undeclared allergens of milk, soy, and egg.  The recent update to the ingredient profile of the breads’ base was not indicated on the packaging.  Those with an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk, soy, and/or egg could suffer serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume the products.

The products of interest were distributed and sold at the Coborn’s and Cash Wise Stores in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota; the Marketplace Food stores in Western Wisconsin; and CobornsDelivers in the Twin Cities Metro area.

The company is urging guests who are allergic to soy, milk, or egg to destroy the product or they may return the product to the store where it was purchased for a full refund.  Guests who have stored this product in a freezer from a previous purchase are also encouraged to destroy or return the product.

No illnesses have been reported so far.  Guests with questions may call 1-844-700-6673 Monday through Saturdays from 8:00am to 11:00pm and Sundays from 9:30am to 11:00pm.

Cherry Valley Marketplace: Cherry Valley Vanilla Cupcakes and Cherry Valley Chocolate Cupcakes

Cherry Valley Marketplace of West Hempstead, NT issued a recall September 12, 2017 for the 12-ounce packages of Cherry Valley Vanilla Cupcakes and Cherry Valley Chocolate Cupcakes for undeclared milk allergens.  Consumers who are allergic to milk allergens may experience a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction from consuming the product.


The product recall is for barcodes 00004961147 and 00004961130 with an expiration date of 9/20/2017 and 9/30/2017.  These products were distributed to Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey.  Those who have purchased 12-ounce packages of Cherry Valley Vanilla Cupcakes and Cherry Valley Chocolate Cupcakes with the recalled barcodes and expiration dates are urged to return the products to the place of purchase for a full refund.  Customers may contact the company at 516-292-2090 with any questions.

The recall was initiated after routine sampling conducted by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspectors.  Additional analysis by Food Laboratory personnel discovered undeclared milk allergens in these products and the allergen was not declared on the package and milk was not included in the label.

Vitamin Cottage Natural Food Markets, Inc.: Natural Grocers brand Organic Deglet Noor Dates Pitted

Vitamin Cottage Natural Food Markets, Inc., a Lakewood, Colorado-based natural grocery chain recalled the Natural Grocers brand Organic Deglet Noor Dates Pitted on September 13, 2017 due to the undeclared allergen coconut.  Those who are allergic to or have a severe sensitivity to coconut could have a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume the product.

The recall was initiated after discovering the product that contained coconut was not packaged with the allergen disclosure.

The product can be identified as being in clear plastic bag packaging with the “Natural Grocers” labe.  Only packages with the “packed on date” of 198-17 are subject to the recall.  This packed on date can be found on the bottom left-hand corner of the label.

The product that was distributed to 45 Natural Grocers’ stores in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming has been removed from the shelves.  While no illness has been reported, consumers are asked to return the product to the store for a full refund.  Anyone who is allergic to coconut should not consume the product.

Consumers with questions may contact the company by calling Customer Service at 303-986-4600, ext. 80531, Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (MST)

Mislabeled Product

Some products are recalled due to discrepancies in packaging or unclear instructions, serving sizes, or dosage.

Garden of Life, LLC: Baby Organic Liquid Recall

Garden of Life, LLC issued a voluntary precautionary recall of the new infant supplement Baby Organic Liquid September 7, 2017.  The ingredients in the Baby Organic Liquid are safe and no undeclared allergens are present.  The recall is in response to the wording on the label for how the product is administered.  The concern originated when learning a parent had difficulties with safe administration of the product.  No hospitalizations or injuries have occurred, but the company is taking the issue very seriously and using an abundance of caution.

According to Garden of Life LLC, as labeled, the directions for use may be misinterpreted.  The concern the company is considering is that if the product is not administered precisely the product may present difficulties in swallowing, causing a potential choking hazard due to the thickness of the liquid.

The original label instructs parents, “Do not insert syringe directly in mouth.  Dispense liquid slowly into the mouth, toward the inner cheek.  May be mixed with breast milk or formula.”  The product will be relabeled with new instructions which will advise parents to only administer the product by mixing it with either breast milk or formula and to “not administer directly into the infant’s mouth.

Garden of Life LLC is asking customers who have purchased Baby Organic Liquid to unused product to the store of purchase for a full refund.  The product is only sold in the USA at a limited number of health food stores, natural grocers, and online.  The product is a liquid supplement packaged in a blue carton and includes a measuring syringe.

Customers may contact Garden of Life Retail Product Support at 866-211-9058  Monday through Friday 9am to 5pm EDT or online at [email protected].   Additional information can be found at

This precautionary recall affects all lots of Organic Baby Liquid, which includes:

Product Name Lot Number Exp. Date
Baby Organic Liquid
UPC No. 58010 12073
5487617 12/2018
5487717 12/2018
5487817 12/2018
5500817 12/2018

Health Alert

Health alerts are issued when a product contains something that is hazardous to anyone consuming it.  A recent health concern involves pathogenic bacteria contamination of a product.

 Bravo Produce Inc.: Maradol Papaya Recall

Bravo Produce Inc. of San Ysidro, Mexico is recalling Maradol papayas grown by Productores y Exportadores de Carica Papaya de Tecomán y Costa Alegre SPR of RL and packed by Frutas Selectas de Tijuana, S. de RL de CV.  This is a preventative measure in response to FDA testing indicating the presence of Salmonella contamination.

Salmonella is a very harmful bacteria causing diarrheal symptoms in healthy individuals but could develop into severe and life-threatening illness, especially in the very young, the very old, and those with a compromised immune system.  Symptoms include diarrhea, fever, abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting.  In rare situations the organism can leave the digestive tract and enter the bloodstream causing arterial infections, endocarditis, and even reactive arthritis.

The product was distributed to markets within the State of California from August 10 to 29, 2017 and have been available for sale until August 29, 2017.  Consumers can identify papayas by the label of the packing company, Frutas Selectas de Tijuana, S. de R.L. of C.V. It is important to clarify that Frutas Selectas de Tijuana, S. de R.L. of C.V., it is only the PACKER and therefore it puts its labels, but the grower of the Maradol Papaya is Productores y Exportadores de Carica Papaya de Tecoman y Costa Alegre S.P.R. de R.L.

Affected packages are indicated with the following product codes:

  • 1222335215
  • 1222635220
  • 1222335216
  • 1223035223
  • 1223335227
  • 1223835233
  • 1222235215
  • 1222535220
  • 1222235216
  • 1222835223
  • 1223435230
  • 1222235216
  • 1222935223
  • 1222135214
  • 1222935223
  • 1222935223
  • 1222135214
  • 1222235216
  • 1222935223
  • 1223035223
  • 1222935221
  • 1223035223
  • 1223835233

According to the company, those who have received the papayas have been notified via phone and email.  They have been instructed to remove and destroy the papayas and cease sale of the affected product.  Going forward, Bravo Produce will be testing samples of imported products with a private laboratory.  The company is cooperating with the FDA investigations.

Consumers who believe they have purchased papayas from Productores y Exportadores de Carica Papaya de Tecoman y Costa Alegre S.P.R. de R.L and with the packing label of Frutas Selectas de Tijuana, S. de R.L. of C.V. are urged to discard the product and do not consume it. For additional questions, contact Bravo Produce Inc. 01 (844) 891-7782 Monday through Saturday from 7am to 2pm.