By: Heather Williams

Each week UnsafeFoods brings the latest recall information from several sources including the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and other sources to help you identify items in your kitchen that may be harmful.  Each week we identify undeclared allergens that pose a risk to those with allergies or severe sensitivities, and health alerts that can affect anyone who consumes the product.

Undeclared Allergen

Undeclared allergen recalls are presented when the packaging does not indicate a food ingredient that is a known allergen.  Things like milk, nuts, dairy, and other common allergens must be listed on the package.  Sometimes an undeclared allergen is due to a packaging issue, other times an undeclared allergen is due to contamination with an allergen product.

Rafedain Shish Kabob Restaurant, Inc.: Chicken Shish Kabob Items

Rafedain Shish Kabob Restaurant, Inc. of Detroit Michigan issued a recall for about 813 pounds of chicken patty shish kabob products on December 1, 2017 due to undeclared allergen, milk, wheat, and soy.  Refedain Shish Kabob Restaurant indicated this is due to misbranding.  Those with an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk, wheat, or soy risk serious or life threatening allergic reaction.

The recalled products were produced between February 7, 2017 and November 27, 2017.

The product can be identified as being packaged in 9 ounce vacuum packed tray packages containing four pieces of “RAFEDAIN FULLY COOKED CHICKEN PATTY SHISH KABOB”.  The establishment number is identified as “EST 44196.”  Recalled items were shipped to retail locations and distributors in Massachusetts, North Carolina, Utah, Virginia, and Washington.

The issue was discovered by a member of the Food and Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) during routine label verification.  At this time there have not been any reports of illness or injury.  Consumers who purchased this product are urged to throw away the product or return to the place of purchase and not consume it.  Questions can be directed to Haider Al Mosawi, Owner of Rafedain Shish Kabob Restaurant, Inc, at 313-581-1133.

Caesar’s Pasta, LLC: Beef Meatball Products

Caesar’s Pasta, LLC of Blackwood, New Jersey issued a recall on December 1, 2017 for about 46,810 pounds of beef meatball products due to the undeclared allergen, egg.

The product was produced between November 1, 2015 and November 30, 2017.  Products are labeled with establishment number “EST. 5498.”  The following products are included in the recall:

  • 10-lb. boxes containing 0.5-oz. pieces of “Schiff’s ITALIAN BRAND MEAT BALLS,” labeled with lot code 70033SH.
  • 10-lb. boxes containing 1-oz. pieces of “Schiff’s ITALIAN BRAND MEAT BALLS,” labeled with lot code 70034SH.
  • 10-lb. boxes containing 1.5-oz. pieces of “Schiff’s ITALIAN BRAND MEAT BALLS,” labeled with lot code 70035SH.

The recall was initiated after a customer indicated that the label did not include the ingredient, egg, on the package.

Questions can be directed to Michael, Crawford, Corporate General Manager of Caesar’s Pasta, LLC at 856-227-2585, extension 226.

Creative Contract Packaging, LLC: Granulated Bouillon

Creative Contract Packaging, LLC issued a recall on December 5, 2017 for 4,412 cases of HERB-OX Beef Flavor Granulated Bouillon due to the potential undeclared allergen, milk.

The recall is limited to the 4-ounce jars with “Best If Used By” dates of September 2020 and October 2020.  No other sizes, varieties, or packaging configurations are included in this recall. The recalled product was distributed to retailers and distributors nationwide.

No reports of illness or injury have been reported at this time.  Consumers are asked to return to the product to the place of purchase for exchange or refund.  Questions can be directed to Creative Contract Packaging Customer Relations at 1-800-523-4635 between 8:00AM and 4:00PM, Monday through Friday – excluding holidays CST.  Media questions can be directed to Richard Williamson, Manager of Corporate Communications at 507-434-6781.

 Health Alert

A health alert recall is issued when a food item is unsafe to consume because it is contaminated with some kind of chemical agent, biological pathogen, or physical contaminant of a non-food item.

Harvesters: Bibi Fruitix Candy

Harvesters of Wamego, Kansas, issued a recall for Bibi Fruitix candy product due to possible chemical contamination.  On December 5, 2017 Harvesters, a Community Food Network was notified by a partner food pantry agency that the product was potentially contaminated with a chemical substance.

The product, about six cases of the baby bottle shaped candy, was donated to Harvesters and then distributed throughout the food pantry network.  When notified of the issue, Harvesters followed recall procedures, notifying partner agencies and identifying if any additional product was still in warehouses.  No additional product was found, indicating that all product has been disseminated.

The product was potentially distributed to 19 counties across two states, Kansas and Missouri.  Affected Kansas counties include: Douglas, Franklin, Jefferson, Johnson, Kansas, Miami, Nemaha, Pottawatomie, Shawnee, Wabaunsee, and Wyandotte. Affected Missouri counties include: Bates, Clay, Jackson, Johnson, Lafayette, Platte, and Ray.

If you have possession of the product, dispose of it immediately.  If you experience any symptoms as a result of consuming the product, contact your health care provider for treatment.  If you believe you have received contaminated product, you may file a complaint with FDA consumer complaint coordinator for Kansas and Missouri at 1-800-202-9780.

Springfield Smoked Fish: Nova Salmon

Springfield Smoked Fish of Springfield Massachusetts issued a recall on December 13, 2017 for 1-pound packages of pre-sliced Nova Salmon due to the potential health risk, Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria monocytogenes is a harmful organism that can cause serious illness in the very young, the very old, and those with a compromised immune system.  While normally healthy individuals may experience short-term symptoms such as severe headache, stiffness, nausea, high fever, abdominal pain, and diarrhea, women who are pregnant are at higher risk for miscarriage and stillbirth.

Only retail stores in Rhode Island and Connecticut are affected by this recall.  The package can be identified as being in a 1-pound, clear plastic package with the lot number #42173 on the back of the package and an indicated expiration date of 12/22/17.  The UPC code for this product is 811907018018.

The recall was initiated after FDA product sampling identified the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in the product.  At this time production has been suspended while the company works with the FDA to investigate the source of the contamination.

No illness has been reported in connection with this recall at this time.  Consumers who have purchased the indicated 1-pound packages of pre-sliced Nova Salmon are asked to return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund.  Questions can be directed to the company at 1-413-737-8693, Monday through Friday between 8:00AM and 5:00PM.