By: Heather Williams
UnsafeFoods gathers recall data each week from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and other sources to provide you up-to-date information on recall for the products you might use. This week there are undeclared allergens in chicken salad and cereal and a health alert from supplements.
Undeclared allergens are serious matters. Someone unknowingly consuming a food that they are allergic or have an extreme sensitivity to could be life-threatening. Consumers with allergies rely on packaging to make safe food choices. At times, things fall through the cracks on the manufacturing level. When identified, a recall is issued.
Great American Deli: Chicken Salad Sandwich
On October 6, 2017, Great American Deli of Ootelwah, Tennessee issued a recall for 816 Premium Chicken Salad Wheatberry sandwiches with lot number 17 198. The lot number is located on the top left front of each package. The incorrect ingredient statement was used on the packaging and eggs and soy were not indicated as declared ingredients. Those with an allergy or severe sensitivity to eggs or soy may have serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if product is consumed.
The product was distributed to convenience stores and vending machines in Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, and Tennessee. No illness has been reported so far.
After Quality Assurance discovered the product containing the allergens was distributed in packaging that did not indicate the included allergens. The ingredient statement used was meant for another sandwich.
The company is asking consumers who have purchased the affected product to return it to the point of purchase for a full refund. For questions, please contact the company at 1-800-343-1327 between Monday and Friday 8:00AM ET to 5:00PM ET.
Whole Foods Market: 365 Organic Raisin Bran
On October 6, 2017 Whole Foods Market issued a nationwide recall for the 365 Everyday Value Organic Raisin Bran due to the undeclared allergen peanuts. The product contains peanuts, which is not indicated on the product label. Those with an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts may have serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if the product is consumed.
The product has been sold in Whole Foods Market stores in the United States and also online at Amazon.com. The affected package is in 15 oz. boxes labeled “365 Everyday Value Organic Raisin Bran” and has UPC code 9948243903 with a best by date of June 4, 2018. The issue was identified when the company determined the packaging contained Peanut Butter Cocoa Balls instead of the intended Organic Raisin Bran.
All of the affected product has been removed from store shelves and unavailable online. Consumers who have purchased the product in store can provide a valid receipt for a full refund. Consumers who have purchased the product online will be emailed with additional information
No illness has been reported at this time. Consumers with additional concerns or questions may call 19844-936-8255 between 7:00AM and 10:00PM CST Monday through Friday or 8:00AM to 6:00PM Saturday and Sunday.
General Mills: Cascadian Farm Organic Cinnamon Raisin Granola Cereal
On October 9, 2017 General Mills issued a recall for two days of production (July 15 and 16, 2017) of the Cascadian Farm Organic Cinnamon Raisin Granola cereal due to undeclared nut allergen almonds. Consumers with allergies or severe sensitivities to nuts may risk serious or life-threatening reactions.
Affected products are market with plant code JK and BETTER IF USED BY dates of 20MAR2018JK and 21MAR2018JK.
Consumers with nut allergies should not consume the affected products and contact General Mills for a replacement or full refund. Consumers requesting refunds or other questions should contact General Mills Consumer Services at 1-800-624-4123
La Terra Fina: Spinach Artichoke and Parmesan Dip & Spread
October 11, 2017 La Terra Fina issued a recall for the 10 oz. Spinach Artichoke and Parmesan Dip & Spread due to the undeclared allergen egg. Those with an allergy or severe sensitivity to eggs may risk serious or life-threatening allergic reaction.
Affected product includes a Best By date of NoV-01-2017 found on the top of the label and a UPC code of 6-40410-51327-3 or 6-40410-51350-1. The product is found in the deli or produce sections of the grocery store with other dips, hummus, and guacamole.
No illness has been reported at this time. Retailers have been instructed to destroy all indicated products. Consumers who have purchased the product and have an allergy to eggs are urged to discard or return the product to the point of purchase for a full refund. For additional information, consumers can contact La Terra Fina at 855-655-6418 Monday through Friday 8:30AM to 5:00PM PDT.
Affected retailers are located in the states noted below:
|Product||Size||UPC||Best By||Retailer Regions|
|Spinach Artichoke & Parmesan Dip & Spread||10 oz.||6-40410-51327-3||NOV-01-2017||Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wyoming|
Health alerts are issued when a product contains something harmful to humans.
Gadget Island, Inc.: Supplement Recall
On October 4, 2017 Gadget Island, Inc. dba Gear Isle issued a voluntary nationwide recall of several supplements including: Rhino 7 Platinum 5000, Papa Zen 3300, Fifty Shades 6000, and Grande X 5800 due to the presence of undeclared Sildenafil, Tadalfil, and Desmethyl Carbodenafil due to being tainted with undeclared ingredients Sildenafil and Tadalafil. These are the active ingredient in two FDA-approved prescription drugs used for the treatment of erectile dysfunction. This renders the product unapproved for safety and efficacy.
The recall is considered a health alert due to interaction of undeclared active ingredients with other prescription drugs, including nitrates. Consumers taking prescription drugs with nitrates may cause an unsafe drop in blood pressure which may be life-threatening.
Refer to the following product and lot numbers for indicated products.
|Product||Package size||UPC||Lot # and EXP. date|
|Rhino 7 Platinum 5000||1 capsule in blister pack||6 17135 86122 4||All Lots|
|Papa Zen 3300||1 capsule in blister pack||7 18122 03258 7||NSS050888
EXP: May 2018
|Fifty Shades 6000||1 capsule in blister pack||4 026666 146056||All Lots|
|Grande X 5800||1 capsule in blister pack||6 40793 55544 0||All Lots|
Consumers can contact Gear Isle at 888-387-4753 or by email at [email protected] Monday through Friday from 10:00AM to 4:00PM PST. Consumers who have experienced any problems after taking the supplement should contact their healthcare provider. Adverse reactions or quality problems may be reported the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event fax:
- Complete and submit the report Online: www.fda.gov/medwatch/report.htm
- Regular Mail or Fax: Download form www.fda.gov/MedWatch/getforms.htm2 or call 1-800-332-1088 to request a reporting form, then complete and return to the address on the pre-addressed form, or submit by fax to 1-800-FDA-0178