By: Heather Williams

Each week UnsafeFoods gathers together information from U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and other sources to bring together a list of recalls occurring that week.  This allows you, the consumer, to identify items in your pantry that may not be safe to eat.  This week we have both undeclared allergens and health alerts to keep an eye out for things like trail mix, select chicken and adobe seasonings in Puerto Rico, and protein bars.

Undeclared Allergens

People who have allergies or severe sensitivities to particular foods rely on manufacturers to appropriately label food packaging so that they can make an informed decision when consuming foods.  The FDA has strict requirements for labeling particular known allergens on packaging, but sometimes things go wrong and something isn’t indicated.  At this point the manufacturer should issue a statement or recall indicating the error.

 Colorado Nut Company: Trail Mix

Colorado Nut Company of Denver Colorado issued recall on November 22, 2017 for several varieties of trail mix, including: Cashew Cranberry Jubilee, Oat Bran Nutty Crunch, Honey Nutty Granola, Peanut Delight, and Frontier Trail Mix due to the undeclared allergen, milk.  Those with an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk may risk serious or life-threatening allergic reaction.

The affected products were distributed from June 1, 2017 though November 7, 2017 and have sell by dates ranging from December 1, 2017 through May 7, 2018.  Products were distributed to retail stores, car washes, hospitals, colleges, national parks, and liquor stores as well as direct deliveries to 16 states including: AR, AZ, CA, CO, IA, IL, KS, MO, MT, NE, NM, OK, TX, UT, WA, and WY.

The product can be identified as packaged in an 8 ounce bag either with Colorado Nut Company on the front of the bag or with a private label and “Distributed by Colorado Nut Company” on the bottle right hand corner on the back label.  Item numbers include: Cashew Cranberry Cherry Jubilee UPC 018142352161, Oat Bran Nutty Crunch UPC 018142352130, Honey Nutty Granola UPC 018142352147, Peanut Delight UPC 018142352512, and Frontier Trail Mix UPC 018142352987 (Frontier Trail Mix is sold on Frontier Airlines).

The recall was initiated after it was discovered the packaging did not disclose the presence of milk.  Investigation identified the issue as resulting from a temporary breakdown in the production and packing processes.

No illness has been reported at this time as a result of the recall.  Questions may be directed to Burgess D. Goodman at 303-733-7311 Monday though Friday between 8:00AM and 4:00PM MST.

Health Alert

A health alert recall is issued when a product is potentially unsafe to consume.  This may be a result of potential contamination with bacteria that may cause illness.  It could also be as a result of chemical or physical contamination where a non-food product made its way into the food.

 Productos Dany, Inc., a Hatillo P.R.: Poultry Products

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued a health alert on November 20, 2017 for chicken products produced by Productos Dany, Inc., Hatillo P.R. imported by the Trafon Group, a Puerto Nuevo, P.R.  This alert is for 6,907 pounds of chicken products recalled because they contain previously recalled ingredients.  These products were not presented to FSIS re-inspection after the FSIS recall on November 16,2017 prior to distribution.

These chicken products are not “ready-to-eat” and require cooking.  They were produced and packaged on various dates between October 30, 2017 and November 7, 2017.  The products include the establishment number P-45932 inside the USDA mark of inspection.  The recall includes the following products shipped to retail locations in Puerto Rico:

  • 6.72-lb. plastic wrapped cases containing 24-count of individually wrapped “Productos Dany Inc., Cheese Dog” with lot code(s) 302, 303, 304, 305, 306, 309 or 310.
  • 9.10-lb. plastic wrapped cases containing 24-count of individually wrapped “Productos Dany Inc. Doggie Pizza” with lot code(s) 302, 304, 305, 306, 309 or 310.

The alert was issued when investigators were gathering distribution information related to the previous recall.  Anyone who is concerned with illness should contact their health care provider.

The problem was discovered on Nov. 16, 2017 when FSIS Inspection Program Personnel were gathering distribution information for FSIS Recall 123-2017.

Consumers can ask food safety questions using the USDA’s virtual representative or on mobile device 24 hours a day.  The USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline is available in English and Spanish at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) Monday through Friday between 10:00AM and 6:00PM EST.

Goya: Adobo Seasonings

Goya de Puerto Rico issued a voluntary recall on November 18, 2017 on 28 ounces of Adobo with Cumin Seasoning and 28 ounces of Adobo with Pepper Seasoning due to potential contamination with the health hazard, SalmonellaSalmonella is a bacteria that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in the very young, the very old, and those with a compromised immune system.

A total of 661 cases of these products were distributed to retail stores in Puerto Rico.  The recall includes Goya Adobo with Cumin Seasoning in 28 ounce plastic jar with green cap with Best By Date 10/18/22 and Goya Adobo with Pepper Seasoning in 28 ounce plastic jar with red cap with Best By Date 10/23/22.

No illness has been reported as a result of this recall.

Leclerc Foods: Protein Meal Bars

Leclerc Foods has issued a voluntary recall on November 23, 2017 on a single lot of Fit & Active Chocolatey Chip Protein Meal Bar packages due the presence of physical contamination.  A health alert is issued for physical contamination because injury or harm may be caused by consuming the product.

The recall was initiated as a precautionary measure after a consumer reported that a small piece of yellow plastic was found in the product.

The recall affects only the 9.5 ounce boxes containing 6 bars per box of the Fit & Active Chocolatey Chip Protein Meal Bars packages with UPC Code 41498-18695 with best by date of May 24, 2018

The product was distributed to ALDI stores in 21 states including: Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, Maryland, District of Columbia (DC), New Jersey, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia.

No illness or injury has been reported in connection to this recall.  Consumers with questions may contact Leclerc Foods Customers Service at 1-800-463-6144 between 8:30AM and 4:30PM EST.