By: Heather Williams

Each week UnsafeFoods gathers recall information from the US. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), along with other sources to bring you the most up-to-date information.  This week’s Recall Roundup includes undeclared allergens and a health alert. Seafood products from America New York Ri Wang Food Group contain the unlikely allergen milk and a Health Alert has been issued for King Soopers, Deli Chicken Salad Sandwiches for their potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.

Recalls are issued for a variety of reasons.  Generally, if a company feels their product may unknowingly harm someone they feel the need to preemptively pull the product from shelves and urge customers to return the product and not consume it before serious illness or injury occurs.  This recall could be a result of a consumer complaint, a reported illness, a routine inspection identifying a problem, a manufacturing employee reporting a communicable illness that can be passed onto the consumer by foodborne illness, and sometimes a component ingredient may have its own recall and every product using that ingredient must also be pulled.

Many times, companies issue a recall voluntarily and without the involvement of a regulatory entity.  In some extreme situations regulatory agencies become involved and issue a mandatory recall.  For the most part, companies involved in a potential health risk want to do the right thing.  You do not keep customers if you make them sick.

Undeclared Allergen

An undeclared allergen recall is issued when a food manufacturer does not disclose a potential allergen on the label.  Sometimes this results from a mistake in packaging.  Either the incorrect packaging was used on the product or the packaging was printed with an error on it.  Other times it comes from a change in recipe that is not updated on packaging.  This is a result in lapse of monitoring packaging.

For someone with an allergy or severe sensitivity, serious or life-threatening consequences are possible.  People with allergies rely on appropriate packaging to make informed food decisions.  The consumer can only rely on the information provided to them on the label.

America New York Ri Wang Food Group Co. ltd: Seafood Products

America New York Ri Wang Food Group Co. ltd issued a recall for a variety of seafood products on September 22, 2017 due to undeclared allergen, milk.  The potential allergen was not listed on the labelling.  People with an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk could experience serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they unknowingly consume the products.

Product included in the recall include: Fish Balls, Fried Pollock Balls, White Fish Balls, Pollock Fish Balls, Cuttlefish Balls, Imitation Lobster Balls, Fish Tofu, Fried Fish Tofu, Fish Tofu with Shrimp Fillings, Fish Tofu with Shrimp, and Fish Balls with Custard and Fish Roe.  These products are sold frozen.  All lot numbers for these products are subject to the recall.

The product was distributed in Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island.  The product has been distributed and has already reached consumers via retail stores and has been distributed to food service products.

The FDA and the company are continuing their investigation to determine the source of the problem.  At this time no illnesses have been reported as a result of this error.

Any consumers that have purchased the included products are urged to return them to the manufacturer for a refund.  Consumers with any questions can contact the company at 1-718-628-8999, Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm EST.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Health Alert

A Health Alert is issued when a potential hazard affecting human health has contaminated a food product.  In most cases, the health alert is issued for potential foodborne illness.  Other times it is a physical contaminant that can lead to injury as a result of eating the tainted food.

Sometimes the Health Alert is issued because an illness has been reported by a consumer.  When a food manufacturing employee becomes ill with a communicable disease that can result in foodborne spread of the illness, the employee is required to self-report.  This may be a reason the product may be recalled.

King Soopers: Deli Chicken Salad Sandwich Recall

On September 27, 2017 King Soopers issued its chicken salad sandwiches sold in King Soopers and City Market stores that are located in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.  This recall was issued due to a potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that causes symptoms ranging from mild to life-threatening.  Symptoms include high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.  Those with a weakened immune system, young children, and frail or elderly people are at a higher risk for more serious or life-threatening complications.  Pregnant women are at risk for miscarriages and stillbirths if infected with Listeria.

 At this time no illness or injury has been reported.  The company advises anyone that is concerned about an illness to contact a health care provider.

The product being recalled is the 6.8 ounce chicken salad sandwich prepackaged and sold in the deli department at King Soopers grocery store.  King Soopers has removed the item from store shelves and has initiated their customer recall notification system.  This system allows the store to alert customers who may have purchased the recalled item by register tape messages and phone calls.

The product affected include the following UPC code and Sell By dates:

Product UPC Code Size
DELI CHICKEN SALAD SANDWICH (Prepackaged) 663209-02050 Sell By dates:
09/20/17
-THRU-
09/28/2017
6.8oz

The recall was prompted after Journey Cuisine, the manufacturer of the deli chicken salad sandwich, notified King Soopers on September 21, 2017.  Journey Cuisine indicated that the company had ceased production and distribution of the product pending an investigation and that the product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Consumers are advised to not consume the product and return it to the store for a full refund or replacement.

Customers who have any questions may contact Kroger at 1-800-KROGERS, Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. ET to 12:00 a.m. ET, and Saturday through Sunday 8:00 a.m. ET to 9:00 p.m. ET.

 

Sources:

https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm577119.htm

https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm577865.htm