By: Heather Williams

Last week was a big week for recalls and health alerts.  Stay tuned each week as UnsafeFoods delivers the most recent recalls for products you may have in your home.

Undeclared Allergens

Undeclared allergens are serious business.  Those with food allergies rely on companies to disclose potential allergens in the food so that they can make informed decisions.  This week we had several undeclared allergen recalls.

Whole Foods Market: Apple Cinnamon Hand Pies

An undeclared allergen alert was issued by Whole Foods Market on October 13, 2017 on Apple Cinnamon Hand Pies due to the undeclared allergen, egg.  Select stress in Arizona, California, and Nevada are affected.  The allergen egg, was not listed on the product label.  Those with an allergy or severe sensitivity to egg could have a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume the product.

The affected product has already been removed from shelves and Whole Foods Market is asking those who have purchased the product to bring a valid receipt to the store for a full refund.  The product can be identified by PLU number 23646100000.  The pies are packaged in plastic containers with Whole Foods Market scale labels and have best by dates at or before October 15, 2017.

The only stores included in this recall are as follows:

  • 4701 N 20th St, Phoenix, AZ 85016
  • 8825 Villa La Jolla Dr, La Jolla, CA 92037
  • 1050 Gayley Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024
  • 11666 National Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064
  • 6350 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036
  • 788 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017
  • 650 Town Center Dr, Oxnard, CA 93036
  • 4520 N Sepulveda Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
  • 740 N Moorpark Rd, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
  • 2655 Pacific Coast Hwy, Torrance, CA 90505
  • 225 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
  • 100 S Green Valley Pkwy, Henderson, NV 89012
  • 6689 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89119

A.S.K. Foods, Inc.: Taste of Inspirations Classic Red Skin Potato Salad

A.S.K. Foods, Inc of Palmyra, Pennsylvania issued a recall on October 13, 2017 for the Taste of Inspirations Classic Red Skin Potato Salad due to the undeclared allergen, egg.  Those with an allergy or severe sensitivity to egg may have a serious or life-threatening reaction.

The product was distributed to and sold in Hannaford Supermarkets in MA, ME, NH, NY, and VT.  The recall affects 16 ounce packages with a Taste of Inspirations Classic Red Skin Potato Salad label.  The product has a sell by date of 10-20-17 4909-1 and a mis-marked UPC code of 25439 98422.

The product was incorrectly labeled with the ingredient and nutritional label for another product, Taste of Inspirations Rotini Salad that did not reveal the presence of egg.

Aunt Beth’s Cookies: Cookies

Aunt Beth’s Cookies of Mishawaka, IN issued a voluntary recall on October 16, 2017 for select baked cookies sold between January 1, 2017 and September 28, 2017 due to the undeclared allergen peanut/tree-nut.  Those with an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts or tree-nuts could have a serious or life-threatening reaction.  The recall is limited to one wholesaler in Indiana and one wholesaler in Illinois.  All sizes of the following Cookies are being recalled: Amish Sugar, Chocolate Chip N Chunk, Frosted Brownie, Frosted Sugar, M&M Candy, Mudslide Triple Chocolate, Oatmeal Raisin, Red Velvet, and Snickerdoodle.  No other cookies are affected by the recall.

While the potential for contact was immediately eliminated after discovery, it was found that the cookies may have come in contact with peanuts and/or tree-nuts during the baking process.  This was not indicated on the packaging.

Stonyfield: Strawberry O’Soy Soy Yogurt

Stonyfield, an organic yogurt maker has recalled one specific product code of the O’Soy Strawberry soy yogurt due to the presence of the undeclared allergen, milk.  Those with an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk could have a serious or life-threatening reaction if they consume the product.

The recall is being issued because some of the product shipped for the Londonderry plant may contain dairy instead of soy, contrary to the label.  Two consumer complaints have been reported, however no illness or injury has been reported at this time.

The product packaged in 5.3 ounce cups with UPC code: 0-52159 00603-7 with the code date of November 4, 2017.  At this time the product is believed to be distributed to CA, CT, FL, IA, IL, MA, MD, ME, MI, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, SC, VA, WI.

Weis Markets: BLT

Weis Markets issued a recall for undeclared allergen, egg in the store made BLT sandwiches due to presence of egg-based mayonnaise on October 17, 2017.  Those with an allergy or severe allergic reaction to egg may risk serious or life-threatening reaction.

The recall was issued after a customer with an egg allergy experienced an allergic reaction after eating the product.  The customer received an EpiPen injection and did not require hospitalization.  This product was sold in Weis Market delis 204 stores in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virgina. The error was caused by a change in labeling.  The new labels did not include the declared egg allergen.

Kenny’s Great Pies, Inc.: Kenny’s Buckeye Pie

Kenny’s Great Pies of Smryna, Georgia has issued a voluntary recall for the 22 ounce package of “Kenny’s Buckeye Pie” on October 17, 2017 due to the undeclared allergen, wheat.  Those with a wheat allergy or severe sensitivity may have a serious or life-threatening reaction.

These pies were distributed to retail stores in Ohio.  The affected product has been removed from shelves and distribution has ceased.  The product UPC can be identified with UPC code: 7 11276 50277 7 and packaged in a clear plastic package with a black base.

No reports of illness have been reported at this time.  The recall was initiated when an employee of a retailer reported that the product packaging did not declare the presence of wheat.  Company investigation revealed the error occurred due to a labeling production error.

Great Lakes Cheese Co., Inc.: American Accent Shredded Imitation Mozzarella Cheese Product

Great Lakes Cheese Co. announced the recall of 60 packages of American Accent Shredded Imitation Mozzarella Cheese on October 17, 2017 due to undeclared allergen, milk.  Those with an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk could suffer serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if consumed.

The recall is specific to product with a best by date of JUN 8 2018.  The package is 32 ounces and has UPC Code 0 365148012 6.  The product was sold at AJ’s Fine Foods, Bashas’, Bashas’ Dine Markets, and Food City retail stores in Arizona and New Mexico.  No other products manufactured or packaged by Great Lakes Cheese Co. are affected by this recall.

The recall was initiated after Quality Assurance personnel discovered whey and casein were contained in the product and the packaging did not indicated the presence of milk declared on the label.  The company has notified retailers to remove the product from shelves.  Customers are asked to discard the product or return it to the place of purchase for full refund.  At this time no illness has been reported.

Customers can direct questions to Great Lakes Cheese customer care hotline at 1-800-7181.

Myanmar Wholesale: Thanlwin Fried Bean Snack

Myanmar Wholesale of Maplewood, Minnesota issued a recall on October 18, 2017 for all packages of Thanlwin brand Fried Bean Snack due to the undeclared allergen, peanuts.  Those with an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts may experience serious or life-threatening allergic reaction.

The product was distributed nationwide through ethnic retail grocery stores and can be identified as packaged in an 8 ounce blue, yellow, and while on the front and clear on the backside plastic bag.  There is no expiration date on the package.  The UPC code is 7 84682-00095 3.  The Nutrition Facts are on a sticker located on the backside of the package.

At this time no illness has been reported.  The recall was initiated after the State of New York, Department of Agriculture sample was observed to contain whole peanuts and the packaging did not indicate the presence of the allergen.

Physical Contamination

Physical contamination occurs when something “non-food” makes its way into a food product.  This can cause bodily injury or harm.  This week, one physical contamination recall was announced.

Bel Brands USA, Inc.: Port Wine Cheese Spread

On October 13, 2017 Bel Brands USA, Inc. voluntarily issued a nationwide recall of the Port Wine Cheese Spread due to the possibility of physical contamination.  A few customers reported small pieces of plastic in the cheese product.

The recall applies only to the 14 ounce Port Wine flavor of Merkts Cheese Spread with the UPC code 76306 60200, product code 1738, a production date of 09-01-17, and a best before date of 04-29-18.  No other brands or flavors are included in this recall.

At this time, no illness or injury has been reported.

Health Alert

Health alert recalls occur because the product is believed to be contaminated with a pathogen that could make those who consume it ill.  This week, a few companies issued a recall due to potential health concerns of the product.

Spicely Organics: Organic Tarragon

Organic Spices, Inc. dba Spicely Organics issued a recall for Organic Tarragon on October 16, 2017 due to potential contamination with SalmonellaSalmonella is a harmful organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in the very young, the very old, and those with a compromised immune system.

The product being recalled is in the 0.4 ounce sized glass jar with black caps, Lot Number OTW100134 and the best if used by date of 12/31/20 distributed to Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

The recall was initiated after routine testing indicated the presence of Salmonella.  At this time no illness has been reported.

HEB, Mann Packing: Single-Serving Soups

H-E-B, in accordance with Mann Packing of Salinas, California, has issued a recall for the H-E-B brand single-serving soups made with vegetable products on October 20, 2017 due to a health alert.  The product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.  This recall was issued as part of a larger recall from Mann Packing for vegetable products used by H-E-B in Asian Noodle Soup Cups Beef and Chicken.  Listeria monocytogenes is a harmful organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in the very young, the very old, and those with a weakened immune system.  Pregnant women are at risk for miscarriage and stillbirths.

At this time no illness has been reported.  All product has been removed from stores.  H-E-B is asking consumers to return the product to the store for a full refund.

There have not been any reports of illness regarding the soups made with product supplied by Mann Packing purchased from H-E-B stores. All product has been removed from H-E-B stores.

The recall affects product sold in H-E-B stores in Texas, including the following:

PRODUCT UPC
H-E-B Asian Noodle Cup Beef 26010400000
H-E-B Asian Noodle Cup Chicken 26010100000

 

BrightFarms: Packaged Produce

BrightFarms issued a voluntary recall on October 20, 2017 on the packaged produce sold in Roundy’s Suppermarkets due the potential presence of E. coli at the Rochelle, Illinois (Ogle County) greenhouse farm.  The affected products were sold at Mariano’s Markets in Illinois as well as Metro Market and Pick ‘n Save stores in Wisconsin.  There are many strains of E. coli.  While some are harmless, others can cause serious health concerns and even death.

The recall applies to the salad products listed below and can be found packaged in clear, plastic clamshells with best by dates located on the label of the package: 10/24/2017, 10/25/2017, 10/26/2017, 10/27/2017.

  • BrightFarms Baby Spinach (4 oz. and 8 oz. package)
  • BrightFarms Spring Mix (4 oz. and 8 oz. package)
  • BrightFarms Spinach Blend (4 oz. package)
  • BrightFarms Baby Greens Blend (4 oz. and 8 oz. package)
  • BrightFarms Baby Kale (3 oz. package)
  • BrightFarms Baby Arugula (4 oz. package)
  • BrightFarms Baby Romaine Mix (4 oz. package)

Basil products, packaged in clear plastic clamshells with best by dates located on the label of the package: 10/24/2017, 10/25/2017, 10/26/2017, 10/27/2017.

  • BrightFarms Basil (.75 oz. and 2 oz. package)
  • BrightFarms Thai Basil (.75 oz. package)
  • BrightFarms Lemon Basil (.75 oz. package)

The recall was issued after routine lab results indicated that certain produce had been compromised and only applies to produce grown at the Rochelle, Illinois farm.  Other greenhouses in other regions were not affected.

 

Sources:

https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm580476.htm

https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm580343.htm

https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm580471.htm

https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm580538.htm

https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm581029.htm

https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm581120.htm

https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm580724.htm

https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm580957.htm

https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm581204.htm

https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm581603.htm

https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm581532.htm