By: Heather Williams

Each week UnsafeFoods brings you a list of the recalled product published by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), United States Agriculture Department (USDA), and other sources to help you identify affected items that you might have in your pantry.  We are on the lookout for undeclared allergens and health alerts that might affect you and your family.

Undeclared Allergen

An undeclared allergen occurs when the packaging does not indicate an ingredient that is inside the product.  This can be very serious, as those with allergies rely on manufacturers to indicate what is inside the product to make informed decisions for their health and safety.  Someone with a severe allergy or sensitivity to a particular food may have a serious or life-threatening reaction if they unknowingly consume it.  This week we have undeclared allergens in chocolate products and snack pizza.

Nestle USA: Hot Pockets Four Cheese Pizza Snack Bites

Nestlé USA initiated a recall on November 10, 2017 of Hot Pockets® Four Cheese Pizza Snack Bites due to undeclared allergen, egg, milk, soy, and wheat as a result of misbranding.  This recall in not for any variety of Hot Pocket® items sold through retail supermarkets and only applies to product donated to a charitable organization in Missouri.  Consumers with an allergy or severe sensitivity to egg, milk, soy, or wheat may experience serious or life-threatening allergic reaction.

The product was donated on June 22, 2017 in 600lb totes that might have been repackaged in resealable plastic bags prior to being distributed to food banks in Missouri.

At this time no reports of adverse reaction as a result of consuming the product have been reported.  The company urges anyone with injury or illness to contact their healthcare provider.  Questions may be directed to Nestle Consumer Engagement Services at 800-681-1676 or by email at [email protected].  Those with the media may contact Roz O’Hearn, Nestle USA Corporate & Brand Affairs, at 440-264-5170 Monday through Friday between 9:00AM to 4:0PM or by email at [email protected]

Seattle Gourmet Foods: Dilettante Chocolates Espresso Blend

Seattle Gourmet Foods of Kent, Washington issued a recall on November 13, 2017 for 127 cases of Costco item #2335 Dilettante Chocolates Espresso Blend, Espresso Beans in the Semisweet, Milk, and White Chocolate varieties due to the undeclared allergen, almonds.  Those with an allergy or severe sensitivity to almonds may risk serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if product is consumed.

The recalled product was distributed to Costco Business Centers in Lynnwood, Washington and Tukwila, Washington, and Costco Northwest in Salt Lake City, Utah between the dates August 22, 2017 and November 9, 2017.

The product can be identified as being packaged in a clear plastic bag with net weight 5-pounds.  The UPC code is 37041 05211.  The product features the label Dilettante Chocolate Espresso Blend with item #2335, Lot Code 12287 and has a best by date of 021619.

The recall was initiated after the company identified that chocolate covered almonds were mixed and packaged with the Dilettante Espresso Blend.  The package did not indicate almonds on the label.

At this time no illness has been reported as a result of the recall and no other Dilettante packaged products are affected by the recall.  Those with an allergy or severe sensitivity to almonds should not consume the product and are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.  Questions may be directed to 1-206-957-9834 on Monday through Friday between 5:00AM and 3:30PM  PST.

Lipari Foods, LLC: Select Dark Chocolate Products

Lipari Foods, LLC issued a recall on November 16, 2017 on select dark chocolate products packaged by the sister company JLM due to the undeclared allergen, milk.  Those with an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk may risk serious or life-threatening allergic reaction.

The product was distributed to retails stores in Alabama, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Wisconsin, and West Virginia.  The product was distributed under the All Natural and Weis brand names or as a generic product without specific branding.

The following products are included in the recall:

Brand Product Lipari Product # Pack/Size Lot Code or Best By Date UPC
ALL NATURAL NATURAL DARK CHOCOLATE CRANBERRIES 452692 12/8 oz. February 2017 – October 94776128198
ALL NATURAL DARK CHOCOLATE COFFEE BEANS 452760 12/8 oz. February 2017 – October 94776128235
ALL NATURAL NATURAL DARK CHOCOLATE ALMONDS 523089 12/7 oz. February 2017 – October 94776139002
ALL NATURAL NATURAL DARK CHOCOLATE RAISINS 523157 12/11 oz. February 2017 – October 94776138975
GENERIC DARK CHOCOLATE COFFEE BEANS 477308 12/12 oz. February 2017 – October 94776131761
GENERIC DARK CHOCOLATE RAISINS 191310 12/15 oz. February 2017 – October 94776105410
GENERIC DARK CHOCOLATE ALMONDS 570910 12/12 oz. February 2017 – October 94776142132
GENERIC DARK CHOCOLATE ALMOND BARK 538814 12/8 oz. February 2017 – October 94776141722
WEIS DARK CHOCOLATE ALMONDS 668251 12/12 oz. February 2017 – October 41497132577
WEIS DARK CHOCOLATE ALMOND BARK 866182 12/8 oz. February 2017 – October 41497133253

The recall was initiated after JLM initiated a recall due to undeclared milk allergen within the ingredients labels for select dark chocolate bulk products from the manufacturer GKI Foods.

No illness related to this recall has been reported.

Health Alert

A health alert recall is issued when a product contains something harmful to humans.  Many times, it involves bacteria that can cause foodborne illness.  This is a serious issue for anyone who may consume the product.  This week there is a concern for Listeria monocytogenes in hommus, baba ghannouj, and corn.

Yorgo Foods Inc: Hommus and Baba Ghannouj

Yorgo Foods Inc of Manchester, New Hampshire issued a recall on November 10, 2017 for select varieties of Hommus and Baba Ghannouj due to the potential health risk, Listeria monocytogenes.  While Listeria may only cause short-term illness in healthy individuals resulting in nausea, abdominal pain, diarrhea, high fever, severe headache, and stiffness.  The very young, the very old, and those with a compromised immune system may experience more serious illness, possibly fatal.  Pregnant women risk miscarriage and still birth.

The product affected by the recall was distributed to retail stores in New York and New Jersey.  Both 8 ounce and 16 ounce packages are included in the recall.

The 8-ounce recalled product can be identifies as coming in an 8 ounce (227g), clear plastic package marked with SELL BY: JAN 05 2018 TH on the side of the cup.  The following product and UPC’s are included in the recall:

  • Yorgo’s FOODS Original Hommus – UPC: 7 56248 10002 5
  • Yorgo’s FOODS Garlic Hommus – UPC: 7 56248 10015 5
  • Yorgo’s FOODS Green Olive Hommus – UPC: 7 56248 10032 2
  • Yorgo’s FOODS Spinach & Artichoke Hommus – UPC: 7 56248 10067 4
  • Yorgo’s FOODS Roasted Red Pepper Hommus – UPC: 7 56248 10016 2
  • Yorgo’s FOODS Lemon Hommus – UPC: 7 56248 10018 6

The 16-ounce recalled product can be identifies as coming in an 16 ounce (454g), clear plastic package marked with SELL BY: JAN 05 2018 TH and SELL BY: JAN 05 2018 F on the side of the cup.  The following product and UPC’s are included in the recall:

  • Yorgo’s FOODS Original Hommus – UPC: 7 56248 10005 6
  • Yorgo’s FOODS Roasted Red Pepper – UPC: 7 56248 10017 9
  • Yorgo’s FOODS Baba Ghannouj – UPC: 7 56248 10006 3
  • Yorgo’s FOODS Garlic Hommus – UPC: 7 56248 10014 8

The issue was identified during FNDA environmental sampling, where Listeria monocytogenes was identified in the processing environment.  Product has been suspended as the company and FDA continues investigating.

No illness has been reported in connection with this recall.

Stop & Shop: Frozen Corn

The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC issued a recall for the Stop & Shop Brand Frozen Whole Kernel Sweet Corn on November 15, 2017 due to the potential health hazard, Listeria monocytogenes.  While Listeria may only cause short-term illness in healthy individuals resulting in nausea, abdominal pain, diarrhea, high fever, severe headache, and stiffness.  The very young, the very old, and those with a compromised immune system may experience more serious illness, possibly fatal.  Pregnant women risk miscarriage and still birth.

The affected product includes the Stop & Shop Brand Frozen Whole Kernel Sweet Corn in 16 ounce packages with UPC 68826700676 and Best By Date of Oct-2019.

Customers are urged to discard any unused portions of the product and bring receipt to the store for a full refund.  Questions may be directed to Bonduelle at 877-990-2662 or Customer Service at 800-767-7772 or visit stopandshop.com

Giant Foods: Frozen Corn

Giant Food, LLC issued a recall on Giant Brand Frozen Whole Kernel Sweet Corn on November 15, 2017 due to the potential health hazard, Listeria monocytogenes.  While Listeria may only cause short-term illness in healthy individuals resulting in nausea, abdominal pain, diarrhea, high fever, severe headache, and stiffness.  The very young, the very old, and those with a compromised immune system may experience more serious illness, possibly fatal.  Pregnant women risk miscarriage and still birth.

The recalled product includes Giant Brand Frozen Whole Kernel Sweet Corn in 16-ounce package with UPC 68826700676 with a Best By Date of Oct-2019

Giant Food Stores and Martin’s Food Markets: Frozen Corn

Giant Food Stores, LLC and Martin’s Food Markets issued a recall on November 15, 2017 for Giant/Martin’s Brand Frozen Whole Kernel Sweet Corn due to the potential health risk, Listeria monocytogenes.  While Listeria may only cause short-term illness in healthy individuals resulting in nausea, abdominal pain, diarrhea, high fever, severe headache, and stiffness.  The very young, the very old, and those with a compromised immune system may experience more serious illness, possibly fatal.  Pregnant women risk miscarriage and still birth.

The recalled product includes Giant/Martin’s Brand Frozen Whole Kernel Sweet Corn in 16-ounce packages with UPC 68826700676 and a Best By Date of Oct-2019.

Customers are urged to discard unused portions of the product and bring their purchase receipt to Giant/Martin’s for a full refund.  Questions may be directed to Bonduelle at 1-877-990-2662 or Giant/Martin’s Customer Service at 1-888-814-4268.

Yorgo’s Foods Inc: Hommus, Tahini Sauces, Yogurt Dip, Salads, Tzatziki, Grape Leaves, Taboule

Yorgo’s Foods Inc of Manchester, New Hampshire issued a recall of all Greek-style food products that company manufactures on November 15, 2017 out of an abundance of caution due to the potential health risk, Listeria monocytogenes.  While Listeria may only cause short-term illness in healthy individuals resulting in nausea, abdominal pain, diarrhea, high fever, severe headache, and stiffness.  The very young, the very old, and those with a compromised immune system may experience more serious illness, possibly fatal.  Pregnant women risk miscarriage and still birth.

The recalled products were distributed to retail stores nationwide and include the following products.

UPC # PRODUCT SIZE
7 56248 10002 5 ORIGINAL HOMMUS 8 OZ
7 56248 10008 7 VEGETABLE HOMMUS 8 OZ
7 56248 10015 5 GARLIC HOMMUS 8 OZ
7 56248 10016 2 ROASTED RED PEPPER HOMMUS 8 OZ
7 56248 10018 6 LEMON PEPPER HOMMUS 8 OZ
7 56248 10019 3 CHIPOLTE PEPPER HOMMUS 8 OZ
7 56248 10003 2 BABA GHANNOUJ 8 OZ
7 56248 10031 5 SUNDRIED TOMATO HOMMUS 8 OZ
7 56248 10032 2 GREEN OLIVE HOMMMUS 8 OZ
7 56248 10067 4 SPINACH HOMMUS AND ARTICHOKE 8 OZ
7 56248 10034 6 GARLIC AND CHIVE HOMMUS 8 OZ
7 56248 10004 9 GRAPE LEAVES 8 OZ
0078 7208 TRADER JOE’S CILANTRO & CHIVE YOGURT DIP 8 OZ
0078 7239 TRADER JOE’S TAHINI SAUCE 8 OZ
7 56248 10005 6 ORIGNAL HOMMUS 16 OZ
7 56248 10014 8 GARLIC HOMMUS 16 OZ
7 56248 10017 9 ROASTED RE PEPPER HOMMUS 16 OZ
7 56248 10006 3 BABA GHANNOUJ 16 OZ
7 56248 10010 0 ORIGINAL HOMMUS 32 OZ
7 56248 10016 2 PARTY TRAY RED PEPPER HOMMUS 2LB
7 56248 10049 0 YOGURT DIP CILANTRO & CHIVE 8 OZ
7 56248 10053 7 TZATZIKI 8 OZ
7 56248 10100 8 ORIGINAL HOMMUS  5 LB
7 56248 10057 5 TABOULE SALAD 5 LB
VEGETABLE HOMMUS 5LB
BABA GHANNOUJ 5LB
GARLIC HOMMUS 5LB
ROASTED RED PEPPER 5LB
TAHINI SAUCE 5LB
GRAPE LEAVES 5LB
FALAFEL 5LB
TZATZIKI 5 LB
7 56248 10068 1 CHICKPEA SALAD 5LB
7 56248 10069 8 BLACK BEAN SALAD 5LB
7 56248 10071 1 THREE BEAN SALAD 5LB
7 56248 10001 8 TABOULE SALAD 7 OZ
7 56248 10007 0 TABOULE SALAD 14 OZ
7 56248 10061 2 CHICKPEA SALAD 12 OZ
7 56248 10062 9 BLACK BEAN SALAD 12 OZ
7 56248 10063 6 THREE BEAN SALAD 12 OZ
7 56248 10064 3 VEGAN HOPPIN SALAD 12 OZ
7 56248 10097 1 PARTY TRAY  ORGINAL HOMMUS 2LB

Consumers are urged to discard the product. This recall was issued after FDA environmental sampling identified Listeria monocytogenes in the processing environment and in a sample of “Original Tahini Sauce”.  Manufacturing has been suspended until an investigation and elimination of the bacteria can be performed.  Questions may be directed to 1-603-624-5830 on Monday through Friday between 9:00AM and 4:00PM or at https://www.yorgofoods.com

Casa Sanchez Foods: Real Guacamole

Casa Sanchez Foods of Hayward, California issued a recall on November 15, 2017 for the 9-ounce containers of “Real Guacamole” on November 15, 2017 due to the potential health risk, , Listeria monocytogenes.  While Listeria may only cause short-term illness in healthy individuals resulting in nausea, abdominal pain, diarrhea, high fever, severe headache, and stiffness.  The very young, the very old, and those with a compromised immune system may experience more serious illness, possibly fatal.  Pregnant women risk miscarriage and still birth.

The recalled product was distributed to stores throughout the California Bay Area and surrounding counties.  The product can be identified as packaged in 9-ounce, clear plastic containers labeled with a Front Label: Casa Sanchez Foods, Real Guacamole, UPC# 0 78732 00412 2, a Bottom Label: White Sticker with manufacturing lot code 279 and expiration date of 11/10/17.

The recall was initiated after FDA product sampling identified Listeria monocytogenes in the product.  Manufacturing has been suspended while the FDA and the company investigates to identify the source.

Customers who have purchased the recalled product are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.  Questions may be directed to 1-877-227-2726 between 8:00AM and 5:00PM PST.

Casa Sanchez: Spicy Guacamole

Casa Sanchez Foods of Hayward, California issued an expanded recall for the “Real Guacamole” to also include “Spicy Guacamole” on November 17, 2017 due to the potential health risk, Listeria monocytogenes.  While Listeria may only cause short-term illness in healthy individuals resulting in nausea, abdominal pain, diarrhea, high fever, severe headache, and stiffness.  The very young, the very old, and those with a compromised immune system may experience more serious illness, possibly fatal.  Pregnant women risk miscarriage and still birth.

The recall was expanded due to positive test results on two packages collected by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as part of the random sample testing program.  The products are beyond the expiration date and no longer available for sale in stores.

The product was distributed throughout California, Hawaii, and Nevada and includes:

UPC # LOT # PRODUCT SIZE
0 78732 00412 2 276, 277, 278, 279, 282, 283, 284, 285, 289, 290, 291, 292, 293, 296, 300, 303, 306,310, 313, 317 and 318 REAL GUACAMOLE 9 OZ
0 78732 00426 9 276, 277, 278, 284, 285, 289, 291, 296, 310, 313 and 318 SPICY GUACAMOLE 9 OZ
78732 00431-3 275, 276, 285, 289 and 313 REAL GUACAMOLE 9 OZ

No illness has been reported related to this recall at this time.

 

 

Sources:

https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm584693.htm

https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm584770.htm

https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm584926.htm

https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm585550.htm

https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm585540.htm

https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm585557.htm

https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm585420.htm

https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm585499.htm

https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm585645.htm

https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm585795.htm